Europe

The Threat of a Eurozone Recession

The eurozone may fall into a new recession by the end of this year, with potentially nasty political consequences. Lucrezia Reichlin Project Syndicate In addition to countering the cyclical slowdown, pro-European forces must urgently address the continent’s long-term structural economic problems. LONDON – National statistical offices and international organizations are busy revising down their growth forecasts for Europe this year and next. Although they are doing the same for the rest of the world as well, and for China in ... Read More »

Turkey’s Sweeping “Educational” Penetration into the Balkans

As part of its expansionist neo-Ottoman agenda, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been building mosques and setting up Islamic educational institutions around the world. Uzay Bulut Gatestone Institute The mosque that Ankara is currently constructing in Tirana, Albania, will reportedly be the largest of the dozens of its mosques in the Balkans. Through the Maarif Foundation — established in 2016 by means of a law enacted by the Turkish parliament, which gave it the authority to ... Read More »

The un-diplomat

As US ambassador to Germany, Ric Grenell hasn’t won many hearts and minds. But he has gotten results. By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Richard Grenell arrived in the German capital as Donald Trump’s ambassador last year with a reputation as a diplomatic bad boy. A Fox News commentator and former aide to John Bolton —  the outspoken head of the National Security Council — Grenell was known as a man who didn’t let diplomatic decorum stand in the way ... Read More »

NATO Starts Building Its First Western Balkans Air Base in Kucova, Albania

TIRANA, Albania (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Ministry of Defence of Albania announced on Thursday (24th January 2019) that NATO has officially launched works in Albania’s Kucova for building its first air base in the Western Balkans, learned BulgarianMilitary.com The beginning of the unique for the Western Balkans Project was marked by a meeting in Tirana between the Defence Minister Olta Xhacka and the Commander Allied Air Command, General Tod D. Wolters. General Tod D. Wolters commented, “Kucova Air Base has unique ... Read More »

Persecution of Christians across the Globe independent review: Foreign Secretary’s launch speech

Speech Jeremy Hunt made remarks at the official launch of the review that will be conducted by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen. From: Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP Archbishop, bishop, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, a very warm welcome this morning to this very important occasion and very significant launch. Last Sunday, many people here will have been going to church, as indeed was the case in the Philippines at the Cathedral of ... Read More »

Europe’s refugee crisis explains why border walls don’t stop migration

President Trump has long called migration a security crisis, but in recent weeks he has also referred to the situation along the southern border as a humanitarian crisis. Eleanor Paynter The Conversation As he ended the government shutdown in a televised speech on Jan. 25, Trump reiterated his claim that a border wall between the United States and Mexico would save the lives of Central American migrants, many of whom are women and children. “Walls work,” he said. “They save ... Read More »

Sweden Officially Backs a CryptoCurrency and Establishes it as their Official Coin

It’s finally happened. A major worldwide government has just bestowed a huge vote of confidence and legitimacy onto the world of cryptocurrencies. Sweden, in an unprecedented move, just announced that they are officially adopting a… The Swedish government just informed us that they have chosen a preferred firm for the purchase and marketing of their new coin – Kryptonex Research Group. The sales of Sweden’s coin officially started January 28 of 2019January 18 of 2019 and currently these coins can be bought ... Read More »

Centre-left Italian mayors are refusing to implement a government decree targeting migrants

Around 500 people will be evicted from a large refugee reception centre in Castelnuovo di Porto, a town close to Rome, before the end of January. Authors: The Conversation The move follows the adoption of a new “security decree” in early December 2018 by the Italian parliament, which reduces the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. The decree was spearheaded by Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister and leader of the right-wing Northern League, currently governing Italy in coalition with ... Read More »

How to Protect Liberal Democracy

U.S. interests neither totally agree nor totally conflict with those of other states. Paul R. Pillar The National Interest The acquisition of power, through the ballot box, in a democracy by political forces that undermine that very democracy—by surreptitiously channeling the influence of a foreign state or by using authoritarian tactics to retain power—is the stuff of thriller fiction. It is grist for stories like The Manchurian Candidate . In a democracy such as the United States, such scenarios present political quandaries ... Read More »

Use it or lose it: Seagoing nations must defend embattled waterways

Great Britain is returning to seaways “east of Suez,” decades after freeing its colonies and withdrawing, more or less, to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. James R. Holmes The Hill A warship from Britain’s Royal Navy demonstrated on behalf of nautical freedom in the South China Sea last September, drawing a stern rebuke from China. This month the frigate HMS Argyll joined the destroyer USS McCampbell for six days’ worth of exercises in the South China Sea. Beijing will doubtless ... Read More »

Erdogan and Assad: A former friendship damaged beyond repair?

Relations between Syria and Turkey may depend on the outcome of Syrian presidential elections in two years, experts say. Andrew Wilks Al Jazeera Ten years ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister of Turkey, hosted Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad for a family holiday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum as relations between Turkey and… After decades of Cold War animosity, the Erdogan government that took power in 2002 had built new ties with its southern neighbour and trade and… Much ... Read More »

New Year, Same Old Turkey

Democratic anomaly became the new Turkish normal several years ago. Burak Bekdil Gatestone Institute The anomaly, sometimes, offers entertaining moments, too. Take, for instance, Parliament Speaker Binali Yıldırım, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s most important political confidant (and former prime minister), who became the joke of the day when he declared: “Animals, too, are living beings”. Someone teased him on social media: “He is right. And I am adding: Plants, too, are living beings.” A few days later Yıldırım, under fire ... Read More »

‘Shock and dismay’: Thai pop idol condemned for Nazi swastika T-shirt

A member of Thailand’s most popular all-girl band wore a shirt portraying Nazi Germany’s state flag with a swastika emblazoned across it during a televised rehearsal. AFP – SBS A member of Thailand’s most popular all-girl band has apologised for wearing a shirt with a Nazi flag featuring a swastika, after her TV appearance Friday drew “shock and dismay” from the Israeli embassy. Images of Hitler, swastikas and other Nazi regalia are fairly commonplace on T-shirts and memorabilia in Thailand, ... Read More »

Fight for Europe – or the wreckers will destroy it

The continent faces its biggest challenge since the 1930s. We urge European patriots to resist the nationalist onslaught Bernard-Henri Lévy, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, Elfriede Jelinek, Orhan Pamuk and 25 others Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 top intellectuals The Guardian The idea of Europe is in peril. From all sides there are criticisms, insults and desertions from the cause. “Enough of ‘building Europe’!” is the cry. Let’s reconnect instead with our “national soul”! Let’s rediscover our “lost identity”! This is the agenda shared ... Read More »

Mary Lou McDonald calls for Dublin to convene forum to plan for Irish unity

It is ‘arrogant’ to shout down unity referendum, says SF leader Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has called for the Government to convene a forum to begin planning for Irish unity. Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Ms McDonald when speaking at a conference, “Beyond Brexit – the Future of Ireland”, in Belfast said that history was unfolding and now was the time to press for a Border poll on a united Ireland. “The biggest mistake – and most reckless course of action – is ... Read More »

Dutch set out EU goals for 2019

Netherlands ready to fill void of UK’s exit by sending more officials to Brussels. By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN AND ELINE SCHAART Politico The Netherlands sees itself filling the void left by Britain’s departure from the EU — literally — by putting more Dutch civil servants into top positions in Brussels. That goal is among the highlights of a 56-page letter sent by Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok to the parliament in The Hague on Friday, titled: “State of the European Union 2019.” ... Read More »