Europe

It’s Time to Disrupt NATO

But not for the reasons Trump gives. Benjamin Schwarz The Nation NATO summits customarily amount to public-relations lovefests, in which sonorous communiqués declaring the vitality of the “Atlantic community” obscure what has become the increasingly dangerous moves of the… But President Trump, no surprise, promises to make this summit uncharacteristically uncomfortable and potentially rancorous. The issue for progressives is that, mostly inadvertently and largely for the wrong reasons, Trump will be disrupting an established pattern sorely in need of disruption ... Read More »

A Strategic Reset for NATO

Donald Trump’s criticism that the alliance isn’t fit for form is valid. NATO needs an overhaul. Zalmay Khalilzad The National Interest At the NATO summit this week, President Donald Trump will undoubtedly criticize allies for not spending enough on defense and for pursuing their own economic wellbeing, in part at the… The president has been lambasted for criticizing U.S. allies and indeed, our alliances are important and represent some of the greatest achievements of U.S. foreign policy. However, Trump’s criticisms ... Read More »

Erdogan’s New Dynasty Makes Turkey Uninvestable

The president has given investors every reason to turn away. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unfortunately is a man of his word. Marcus Ashworth Bloomberg He promised to take greater control of monetary policy during the election campaign, and he has wasted no time in doing so. He has snipped the last threads in Turkey’s safety net — and he has made his nation all but uninvestable. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek and Finance Minister Naci Agbal have both departed. They were the kinds ... Read More »

A turning point for Europe’s military spending

This week’s NATO summit in Brussels will be pivotal to the future of the Atlantic alliance. Will European countries spend more in the context of NATO, or try to go it alone with European defense? By Raytheon Politico As European and North American leaders converge on Brussels on 11-12 July for a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the amount each spends on their militaries is bound to be one of the most controversial topics. With global threats ... Read More »

‘No One Wants To Look Like Trump’s Poodle’: NATO Allies Gear Up For Brussels Summit

President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for a summit at NATO, the latest pillar of the international order left wobbling by his adversarial approach to allies. Alice Fordham npr With his escalating complaints that the United States contributes more than its fair share to defense, and vague threats to countries that do not spend more, Trump is diluting the alliance’s appearance of unity, say diplomats and… And, the prospect of a less-than-committed U.S. has thrown some of Europe’s military weaknesses ... Read More »

Boris Johnson Has Ruined Britain

“He knows that the verdict of history is about to come down on him — and bury him.” Jenni Russell The New York Times LONDON — For the second time in three years, Boris Johnson, a politician whose ambition and superficial charm far outstrip his ability, judgment or principles, is destabilizing the British government and… On Monday, Mr. Johnson, in protest against Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for Brexit, resigned from his post as foreign secretary. Now Mrs. May’s authority, longevity ... Read More »

The Brexit plan that could bring down the British government – explained

Two years after the referendum, the UK government briefly appeared to agree on its vision for the future UK-EU relationship. Nikos Skoutaris The Conversation A three page document, outlining the UK position, was published following a long meeting of cabinet ministers at the prime minister’s country retreat of Chequers on July 6. The new position aims to address the Irish border issue and potentially offers a softer version of Brexit than was previously talked about. It has prompted the resignation ... Read More »

Massive Turkey-funded mosque stirs unease in secular north Cyprus

Many local residents see imposing structure as part of Erdogan’s efforts to cement control over territory. ‘It symbolizes the Islamist mentality. It’s not an innocent thing’ Dylan Collins The Times of Israel NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — In the flat sunbaked fields north of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, a huge Turkey-funded mosque opening this week has caused a stir in the largely secular Muslim society. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to attend the opening ceremony, expected to take place on ... Read More »

New migrant processing centres in EU must avoid inhumanity of ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy

A new plan to set up “controlled centres” to hold migrants once they arrive in EU territory risks repeating many mistakes of the past, bypassing due process and breaching fundamental human rights and… Samantha Velluti The Conversation At the EU’s June summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to create centres within EU member states to speed up the processing of asylum requests and assist those countries on the rim of the Mediterranean sea – such as Italy, Malta and… No country ... Read More »

Justice for Cyprus: The Goal should be Freedom from Occupation

Cyprus, a member state of the European Union, has been illegally occupied by Turkey since 1974. Turkey’s false excuse for its presence on the island is the “protection of Turkish Cypriots from Greek violence.” Uzay Bulut * H Fusion     However, in 2017, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş revealed the real reason behind Turkey’s control of Cyprus:  “There is this misinformation that Turkey is interested in Cyprus because there is a Turkish society there… Kyrenia Harbour Even if no Turks lived in Cyprus, ... Read More »

483 drown in the Mediterranean while rescue ships are trapped in port

On 10 June 2018 Italy’s new government closed its ports to NGO rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean Sea, leaving the humanitarian vessel Aquarius adrift with 639 migrants on board.  Shortly after another NGO ship, Lifeline, was also turned away. Care4Calais The two ships were finally allowed to dock in Malta following a tense agreement that the people on board would be relocated within the EU. On 2 July, the Sea Watch-3, which was by then the only operating rescue ... Read More »

Where are the UK’s marine protected areas?

As campaigners call for better protection of UK waters and the wildlife within them, we take a look at the special statuses already in place and what exactly they aim to preserve. By Ajay Nair, news reporter SkyNews According to the Wildlife Trusts charity, giving protected status to areas is a “tried and tested” way of protecting habitats and wildlife. In the areas of the sea around the UK with protected status, environmentally damaging activities such as certain types of ... Read More »

Boris Johnson brands Theresa May’s Brexit plan ‘an absolute stinker’

BORIS Johnson has described Theresa May’s Brexit plan as “an absolute stinker” and has warned it will turn off voters despite standing united with Cabinet ministers to back the proposals at Chequers. Simon Osborne Express But the Foreign Secretary told the Prime Minister she would struggle to convince concerned Brexit supporters that her proposals stack up to what they voted for in June 2016. Insiders say he used colourful language to describe Mrs May’s proposals during a marathon Brexit session ... Read More »

Dani Garavelli: We can mock Trump’s visit, but remember serious issues at stake

Knockabout stunts to humiliate Donald Trump during his UK visit are great as long as we remember the serious issues at stake, writes Dani Garavelli Last week, on US Independence Day, Therese Okoumo staged the perfect protest against Donald Trump’s policy on separating immigrant children from their… The Scotsman The Congolese woman, who has lived in New York for at least a decade, scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty and proceeded to nestle in its green copper robes. ... Read More »

Foreign trade turnover of Penza region in four months equals 151 mln dollars

The foreign trade turnover of the Penza region from January to April 2018 amounted to 150.6 million dollars, which is 11% higher than the result of the same period last year. PenzaNews This was reported by the press service of the regional Ministry of Economy with the reference to data from the Federal Customs Service of… The share of export equalled 45.2%, that of import – 54.8%. The export volume in four months amounted to 68.1 million dollars including that ... Read More »

Swedish activist granted Palestinian citizenship

Palestinian resistance group Hamas condemns Israel for not allowing Benjamin Ladraa to enter Palestine World Bulletin Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas granted Palestinian citizenship Friday to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, who has been walking from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness on human rights violations. “This step is taken to appreciate Ladraa’s efforts and his position to support the Palestinian people,” Abbas said according to a report by the official Wafa news agency. Ladraa was barred by Israeli police from entering ... Read More »