Europe

UN: Russia must free Ukraine ships, crew

A United Nations maritime tribunal has ruled that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels captured in November, and the 24 sailors it detained. Geir Moulson Australian Associated Press The Canberra Times The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its order at its Hamburg headquarters following a hearing earlier this month. Russian representatives did not attend. The confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which links the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea, marked a flashpoint in ... Read More »

Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for… Ofer Raban The Conversation The new indictment expands an earlier one charging Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to… Assange is responsible for the dissemination of troves of classified American documents, including hundreds of thousands of military reports, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic ... Read More »

EU anti-fraud body considering investigation into Nigel Farage

Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. Lili Bayer Politico Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is in the process of determining whether to open a formal investigation into allegations that British politician Nigel Farage received £450,000 from a businessman. The U.K.’s Channel 4 News program reported last week that Farage had received gifts worth £450,000 from ... Read More »

Trump move to declassify Russia intel draws sharp criticism

President Donald Trump is defending his unprecedented decision to give his Justice Department chief unfettered access to the country’s deepest foreign intelligence secrets amid an… WASHINGTON- Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The president said Attorney General Bill Barr needed unilateral power to declassify any top secret material to get to the roots of the 2016-2018 investigation into whether his election campaign colluded with… Barr “will be able to see how this hoax, how the hoax or witch hunt started, and why it started,” Trump said. ... Read More »

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justice

The Government has shown an exceptional willingness to cede the prosecution of Irish crime to other states Dermot Walsh The Irish Times The Ian Bailey case is surely the most bizarre and unprecedented case in the history of Irish criminal law. He is about to be tried in his absence in France for a murder in west Cork 22 years ago. The victim was Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French woman who was resident in west Cork at the time. ... Read More »

Watch: Theresa May Admits Failure, Announces Resignation in Emotional Address

Theresa May announced the end of her turbulent three-year reign as U.K. prime minister, saying she would resign as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7. Brendan Cole Newsweek In a tearful speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, May said she had done her best to honor the result of the 2016 EU referendum. She described her tenure as the U.K.’s second female premier as being “the honor of my life.” With her voice audibly cracking, she ... Read More »

Child migrants around the world are being denied their human rights

At 3am we were forced to leave the bus station. We were caught by the police. They asked if we had passports. We said no, we are from Afghanistan, please help us – the police drove away. Afghani refugee, 15, on meeting police in Paris Authors: The Conversation Abed – not his real name – had been in Paris after a treacherous overland journey from Afghanistan. He is one of many youngsters whose families fear the situation in their own ... Read More »

The Ankara Ultimatum

Subtlety and nuance are not a priority in Trump’s dealing with Turkey James Gorrie The Epoch Times Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy is less than subtle. It has been said that wherever he—the bull—goes, he brings his own China shop with him. But in some cases, like Turkey, it has an advantage: Everybody knows where they stand. A Deteriorating Relationship It’s no secret that relations between Turkey and the United States have deteriorated over the years. U.S. interests are ... Read More »

Boris Johnson Is the EU’s Worst Nightmare

Europe’s top civil servant once described his potential leadership as a ‘horror scenario.’ Ian Wishart Bloomberg For European leaders watching Theresa May’s political death throes, a sense of inevitability has been replaced by one of fear. Rather than break the deadlock over Brexit, the departure of the British prime minister raises the prospect of what they’ve long considered their worst nightmare: a U.K. run by Boris Johnson, the… If May was predictable and her strategy clear, albeit flawed, many EU ... Read More »

‘Vote in your own country’: EU citizens tell of UK poll chaos

Admin errors mean people are being denied right to vote at European election polling booths Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian EU citizens in the UK are being denied their democratic right to vote in the European elections because of administrative errors by local councils. EU nationals across the country have been reporting that they arrived at polling booths only to find their names crossed out with officials confirming they were not eligible to vote. Astrid Hampe-Nathaniel, a German and Italian citizen, who has lived in ... Read More »

Cultural Diplomacy: The Missing Link in EU Foreign Policy

The EU’s principal values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are being challenged both internationally and within Europe itself, by populist governments. Gijs de Vries Berlin Policy Journal Faced with such threats to its cultural identity, the EU needs to respond, including by cultural diplomacy. The international system is undergoing rapid change. Power is shifting from Western states to rising powers; Russia and China are working to discredit civil and political rights; populists are eroding democracy by ... Read More »

General Assembly Welcomes International Court of Justice Opinion on Chagos Archipelago, Adopts Text Calling for Mauritius’ Complete Decolonization

The General Assembly adopted a resolution today welcoming a 25 February 2019 International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the legal consequences of separating the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, demanding that the United Kingdom unconditionally withdraw its colonial administration from the area within six months. By a recorded vote of 116 in favour, to 6 against (Australia, Hungary, Israel, Maldives, United Kingdom, United States), with 56 abstentions, the Assembly affirmed that doing so — in accordance with the advisory opinion — would ... Read More »

Murder of 86-Year-Old Greek Christian in alleged hate crime puts spotlight on Turkey’s ethnic cleansing

The island of Imbros was once home to an ancient Athenian colony, and had more than 5,000 Greeks living on it as late as 1960 Today there are less than 300 Greeks on the island, the rest having been persecuted in a relentless campaign of ‘Turkification’ Zafiris Pinaris was hog-tied and tortured to death earlier this month in a murder local authorities have not commented on An 86-year-old ethnic-Greek citizen of Turkey, Zafiris Pinaris, was found murdered in his home on ... Read More »

Australian artworks on climate change to feature in international exhibition

Global warming is a big concept that can be hard to grasp, and it is easy to glaze over when confronted with a raft of scientific statistics about temperatures and predicted sea level rises. Emma Siossian ABC Art, however, is a medium that is often more likely to engage people on an emotional level and international art exhibitions are increasingly focussing on environmental themes and climate change. One of the latest is an art-science exhibition called ‘Equilibrium’, which will be ... Read More »

Chagos Islands: UN officially demands Britain and US withdraw from Indian Ocean archipelago

Former Mauritian territory houses Diego Garcia US military base Samuel Osborne Independent The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted for a resolution demanding Britain withdraw its administration of the Chagos Islands. While the resolution is not legally-binding, it carries significant political weight. The Indian Ocean archipelago is home to the Diego Garcia US military base. In February, the International Court of Justice ruled the UK’s decolonisation of the Indian Ocean islands was unlawful. The World Court said the UK acted illegally ... Read More »

Could One of America’s Allies Take Down the F-35 Program?

What does America need to save its troubled F-35 stealth fighter? Turkey, that’s what. Michael Peck The National Interest What does America need to save its troubled F-35 stealth fighter? Turkey, that’s what. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan recently warned that the multinational F-35 program, of which Turkey is a member, would fail if Turkey were excluded. Turkey is facing sanctions, including being dropped from the F-35 program if it goes ahead with purchasing Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which has ... Read More »