Europe

German justice minister: Facebook is not ‘aware of the real issues’

Katarina Barley was responding to an op-ed written by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. Laura Kayali Politico German Justice Minister Katarina Barley called on Friday for Facebook to do more to fight hate speech and protect users’ data in response to an article written by the social media giant’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. “I think it’s good that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg … makes it clear that he is aware of Facebook’s responsibility to society,” Barley wrote in an opinion articleon Zeit ... Read More »

Reading between the lines: books to help us understand Brexit

With Westminster in deadlock, history offers a wider perspective on Britain’s complicated relationship with continental Europe Kevin O’Rourke The Guardian All eyes today are firmly focused on what is happening inside the Westminster bubble, but it’s helpful sometimes to zoom out and get a bit of perspective on Britain’s relationship with continental Europe. Brexit did not emerge out of nowhere: it is the culmination of events that have been under way for decades and have historical roots stretching back well beyond ... Read More »

Why I Am a European Patriot

The bond that binds the West is freedom. Patriotism is to nationalism as dignity is to barbarism. Roger Cohen The New York Times When I covered the war in Bosnia I got to know Nermin Tulic, a prominent Sarajevo actor. He had his legs blown off by a Serbian shell on June 10, 1992. He raged. He begged me not to look at his stumps. He wondered how he had ever taken his wife, who was half-Serb, in his arms. He told me ... Read More »

UK Hydrographic Office welcomes Maritime 2050 strategy

UK Government aims to support autonomous navigation and map over 6 million square kilometres of the world’s oceans The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has welcomed the publication of the UK government’s ‘Maritime 2050’ strategy paper, which sets out the vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. The strategy, which has been developed in consultation with agencies including the UKHO and the wider public and private sectors, sets out a series of detailed recommendations to help the UK maintain ... Read More »

Explained // What’s Behind Turkey’s Fervent Support for Venezuela’s Maduro

Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, with Turkey being shipped tons of Venezuelan gold for refinement and processing. Haaretz and Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to offer support after the opposition leader declared himself interim president and won the backing of Washington and… Socialist Maduro described Juan Guaido’s move as a coup attempt. The United States, Canada and right-leaning Latin American governments recognised Guaido. Economic and political ties between Ankara and Caracas have grown stronger, ... Read More »

Fundamental freedoms and the right to participate in public and political life

Almost two quarters of a century have already passed since July 20, 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus, occupied 40% of its territory and used all possible means to force the 200 000 Christian inhabitants of the occupied area to flee their ancestral homes and settle in the free southern part of the island as refugees. Mattheos Economides Agora Dialogue More than 7 000 Cypriots of Greek origin were murdered by the invaders and around 2000 were held hostages, the fate ... Read More »

Samos: grim winter leads to protests by refugees living in limbo on Greek island

As winter took its toll in January on the Aegean island of Samos, the refugee population stuck there have held peaceful protests against their conditions. But tensions are rising. Authors: The Conversation The weather on Samos, a Greek island off the Turkish coast, is chaotic and ever changing. When we were there in July 2018, we experienced temperatures in the high 30s with limited protection from the sun and the heat. Now, the winter weather alternates from freezing cold, to ... Read More »

Europe in pieces: Where voters disagree

How a divided Continent faces the 2019 election. By Ryan Heath, Arnau Busquets Guàrdia, Hanne Cokelaere and Hanna Pawelec Politico The European Parliament election in May is expected to produce a major turnover in political power in the EU’s institutions, with populist parties making new gains and voters across the bloc split on what issues to prioritize in the ballot.  But what are voters most concerned about and do they trust the European Union to deliver? Here’s a look at ... Read More »

No thanks Brussels! British fishermen tell May to REJECT EU’s no-deal Brexit fishing plans

EU chiefs will launch an attempt to guarantee European fishermen access to British waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged. By JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT Express EU Commission contingency planning reveals eurocrats will seek to secure Europe’s fishermen continued access to British fishing waters as part of a deal to limit the disruption of a hard Brexit. Brussels will also move to spend taxpayers’ money in order to compensate the bloc’s fishing vessels to “help off-set some ... Read More »

Hidden women of history: the priestess Pythia at the Delphic Oracle, who spoke truth to power

In a time and place that offered few career opportunities for women, the job of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi stands out. Julia Kindt The Conversation Her position was at the centre of one of the most powerful religious institutions of the ancient world. The competing Greek city states had few overarching authorities (political or otherwise), so the significance of her voice should not be underestimated. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that the Pythia was at the ... Read More »

One small step for Brussels and its space dreams

Brussels makes the argument for cosmic projects ranging from moon villages to a Space Force. Joshua Posaner and Saim Saeed Politico The European Commission has a vision to boldly go where no European has gone before. “I hear some spoke about an orbital society: Why not?” Commissioner for the Internal Market Elżbieta Bieńkowska told a space industry conference in Brussels Tuesday. “I hear others targeting the moon and the moon village: Why not? I hear also that Europe should have the capacity to ... Read More »

Corporations ‘failing to pay proper tax rates’ in EU

An investigation by the Greens in the European Parliament has shown big companies throughout the bloc are failing to pay their statutory taxes. The party has called for more social responsibility. Jane Mcintosh DW The only state in the EU where big corporations pay the statutory rate of tax is Bulgaria. In all other states, they pay, on average, less than the official rate. Those are among the key findings in a report is to be presented in Brussels Tuesday by ... Read More »

‘Children are the real victims of conflict’

The global refugee crisis through the lens of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen Words: Argyro Vourdoumpa, SBS Greek | Production: John Dexter  Jordanian photojournalist Muhammed Muheisen aims to bring to life the stories of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people, as well as the challenges they face settling in new countries. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been documenting refugee crises across the Middle East, Asia and Europe for over a decade. “Not everyone is aware of what is happening in our world,” Muheisen ... Read More »

Turkey’s Unjust Justice System: Armenian MP Under Attack

Turkish prosecutors have filed a motion to strip an Armenian lawmaker of his parliamentary immunity over his outspoken criticism of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Uzay Bulut Gatestone Institute Invoking Article 301 of the Turkish penal code — which states that “insulting the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish nation or Turkish government institutions” is punishable by a prison sentence — the prosecutor’s office of Diyarbakir began proceedings against Garo Paylan, who was elected in 2015 to Turkey’s Grand ... Read More »

The impact of any no-deal Brexit upon the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas in the Island of Cyprus

An Open Letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas By Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 21 January 2019 at  http://agora-dialogue.com/ Date: 21 January 2019 Dear President Juncker, President Anastasiades, Prime Minister May and Major General Illingworth Re: The impact of any no-deal Brexit upon the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Base Areas ... Read More »

Davos 2019: Global elites in crisis as they gather amid populist assault and accusations of failure

World leaders meet as once-dominant ideology of global trade threatened by nationalism Facing populist backlash and a worrying economic outlook, the world’s financial and political elite will gather in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday to discuss the future of global politics. Conrad Duncan Independent The influential World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place as nationalist movements continue to gain strength across Europe and the Americas, and the event’s once-dominant ideology of unrestricted global trade and… In France and the UK, politicians have struggled through months of chaos, caused by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement and… Davos ... Read More »