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I Was a Teenage Europhile - But the EU's Sadistic Austerity and Lack of Democracy Have Changed My Mind

I Was a Teenage Europhile - But the EU's Sadistic Austerity and Lack of Democracy Have Changed My Mind | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Let's start with the euro. What on earth were we thinking? How could anyone with the faintest grasp of economics have believed it was anything other than sheer insanity to yoke together diverse national economies such as Greece, Ireland, Germany and Finland under a single exchange rate and a single interest rate? And, lest we forget, without a US-style system of fiscal transfers or culture of labour mobility to compensate?

There were dissenting voices. Big-name US economists, from the Princeton University liberal Paul Krugman to the Harvard conservative Martin Feldstein, warned that the euro would be an "invitation to disaster" and an "economic liability". An internal EU report later summed up the view of US economists on the euro project as: "It can't happen, it's a bad idea, it won't last."
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Operation Self-Deceit: New Documents Shine Light on Euro Birth Defects - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Operation Self-Deceit: New Documents Shine Light on Euro Birth Defects - SPIEGEL ONLINE | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Newly revealed German government documents reveal that many in Helmut Kohl's Chancellery had deep doubts about a European common currency when it was introduced in 1998. First and foremost, experts pointed to Italy as being the euro's weak link.
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Who are the Houthis, and why are we at war with them?

Who are the Houthis, and why are we at war with them? | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it

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Bruce Riedel Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Center for Middle East Policy Director - The Intelligence Project 


For over two-and-a-half years, the United States has supported Saudi Arabia in a war against the Houthi movement in Yemen. The war has created the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world and threatens to turn into the largest famine in decades.

Yet very few Americans know who the Houthis are, what they stand for, and why they are our de facto enemies. Two administrations have backed the war against the Houthis without a serious campaign to explain why Americans should see them as our enemies.

Yemeni politics are incredibly complex and volatile—rather than get drawn into a quagmire against an enemy they hardly know, the United States and its partners should get serious about finding a political solution. "

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Riddle: When Is A Chlorinated Chicken Better Than A Regulated Banana?

Riddle: When Is A Chlorinated Chicken Better Than A Regulated Banana? | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Answer: When the chicken has been accepted in an across-the-table negotiation, and the banana regulation has been agreed among a group of partners on the same side of the table.

If you grasped that riddle, you will be ready for this one:

When does submission to a rule constitute an offence against national sovereignty?

Answer: When one has shared in making the rule.

If you have understood both, then you know what British nationalists of right and left mean by sovereignty, and why that quality is seen to be so uniquely offended against by membership of the European Union. Chlorine-washed chicken is among a number of worrying chemical processes used in US agriculture, currently banned in the UK and the rest of the EU, that at least some parts of the British government are willing to accept as part of a trade deal with the US. Changing one’s food standards, not because one wants to do so, but in order to secure a trade deal with a far more powerful country, might be seen as a compromise of sovereignty. Not in the view of British ministers.
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On the ground in Myanmar: The Rohingya crisis and a clash of values

On the ground in Myanmar: The Rohingya crisis and a clash of values | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Returning from a recent trip to Myanmar, Lex Rieffel explains new developments in the historical and political forces contributing to the Rohingya crisis.
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EU, African leaders back migrant evacuation plan in Libya as summit closes | News

EU, African leaders back migrant evacuation plan in Libya as summit closes | News | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Up to 700,000 African migrants are trapped in detention camps in Libya, the head of the African Union's commission says. EU and African leaders said they plan to devise "longer-term solutions for the migration issue."
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To Build Europe We Need Citizen Lobbyists

To Build Europe We Need Citizen Lobbyists | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
While public sentiment about the European project has rebounded, Europeans remain largely dissatisfied with whether their voices and concerns count in Brussels. Despite recurrent calls for radically reforming the European Union to ensure a greater involvement of EU citizens, little is expected to change between now and the next 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections. The 2017 White Paper on the Future of Europe is noticeably silent on the issue. And it won’t be the thousands of citizens’ dialogues orchestrated by the EU Commission across Europe over the summer that will re-engage EU citizens with Europe.
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And the winner is: Assad | Middle East 

And the winner is: Assad | Middle East  | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. The Syrian president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to countries wanting to rejig their relationship with Syria.
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Flight of Turkish refugees to Germany saps ranks of educated

Flight of Turkish refugees to Germany saps ranks of educated | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
BERLIN — The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city. Thirteen months ago, he was a respected public servant in his homeland. Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here.
The day after a 2016 coup attempt shook Turkey, he was blacklisted along with thousands of other judges and prosecutors. The judge smiles, sadly, as he recounts hiding at a friend’s home, hugging his crying son goodbye and paying smugglers to get him to safety.
“I’m very sad I had to leave my country,” he said, asking for his name and location to be withheld out of fear that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government might track him down. “But at least I’m safe and out of Erdogan’s reach. He cannot hurt me anymore.”
The judge said he “never supported any kind of coup.”
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Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria.
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North Korea edging closer to launch a nuclear ICBM | Asia | DW |

North Korea edging closer to launch a nuclear ICBM | Asia | DW | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Kim Jong Un's scientists have surprised many with the speed at which they have overcome the technical obstacles to having a credible and effective long-range, nuclear-capable missile. Julian Ryall reports.
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Hard or soft: How will the UK take its Brexit? | Europe | DW | 

Hard or soft: How will the UK take its Brexit? | Europe | DW |  | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Will the UK choose - or receive - a "hard" or "soft" landing on the other side of its departure from the European Union? Analysts differ on what is best and even what is possible.
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The UK Brexit Campaign Is Starting To Fracture

The UK Brexit Campaign Is Starting To Fracture | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
The atmosphere of confusion, uncertainty and outright division which has long marked the UK Brexit campaign is now fated to become still more confused, uncertain and divisive. The Parliamentary deadlock following the prime minister, Theresa May’s ill-fated decision to call an unnecessary general election, will make it even more difficult for the UK’s EU partners to understand what exactly the British want.
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pdeppisch's comment, June 12, 2017 12:58 PM
To have their cake and eat it too. Or - they have been an empire on their own for very long and joining a Europe is anathema.
malek's comment, June 12, 2017 5:55 PM
Not the empire, not Europe, and they don't know what they want!
pdeppisch's comment, June 13, 2017 8:36 AM
YUP! And referendums that are basically 50/50 should not count.
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Opinion: Young princes in the Persian Gulf are playing with fire | Middle East | DW |

Opinion: Young princes in the Persian Gulf are playing with fire | Middle East | DW | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Qatar stands isolated under accusations of sponsoring terrorism. But this diplomatic crisis is actually about young princes' unbridled quest for power - with the help of Donald Trump, says DW's Bachir Amroune.
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Braving slavery horrors for European dream

Braving slavery horrors for European dream | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
In the latest in our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at why - despite knowing the risks - Nigerians are willing to make the dangerous journey across the harsh desert and unpredictable seas to reach Europe.

Many migrants deported from Libya to Nigeria will tell you that they had indeed heard of the horrors that lay on the path to Europe, the slavery in Libya, the drowning in the Mediterranean, long before they left home in search of greener pastures.

Activists also say that they frequently show graphic videos in schools, markets and other public places, enlightening people in high-risk areas about the dangers of being trafficked to Europe.

Yet, these tragic stories are usually not enough to put off determined migrants.

"People feel that the ill-luck that these [migrants] have will not come to them," said Josiah Emerole, head of press at Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency, Naptip.

"It is not my own destiny," they say. Or, in Nigerian parlance: "It is not my portion."
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US tax reform breaks global rules, EU says | Business | DW

US tax reform breaks global rules, EU says | Business | DW | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
European finance ministers are worried. They say the US's big tax reform bill contains measures that would unfairly disadvantage European business and contravene global fair-taxation rules. Are they right?


Last week, the finance ministers of Europe's five biggest economies — Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy — wrote an anxious letter to their American colleague, US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, and copied it to all senior Republican politicians in the Congress and Senate.

The letter's thrust: The draft US tax bill, if passed as written a week ago, would represent a break with global fair-taxation rules as applied to corporations, and represent a thinly disguised form of trade war.
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Turkish gold trader implicates Erdogan in Iran money laundering

Turkish gold trader implicates Erdogan in Iran money laundering | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a New York federal court that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorized a transaction in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.
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'Autonomous weapons': Tech leaders warn UN of killer robots | News |

'Autonomous weapons': Tech leaders warn UN of killer robots | News | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
With significant advances in robotics and AI, technology leaders have called for safeguards to avoid "destabilizing effects." They warned that "once this Pandora's box is opened, it will be hard to close."
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This is Progress? Electoral Shocks, Catalunya And The Union

This is Progress? Electoral Shocks, Catalunya And The Union | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
False Optimism From Brussels

On September 13 in Strasbourg, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual “state of the Union” address. Early in that speech, he assured his listeners: “We continue to make progress with each passing day”.

I cannot help but wonder if President Juncker would now venture that same optimism, which was very much in the tradition of Professor Pangloss in Candide. Two weeks after the speech the neo-fascist Alternative fur Deutschland gained 13 percent of the vote in Germany and over 90 Bundestag members. The centre-right Christian Democrats and centre-left Social Democrats recorded their worst electoral performances in decades.
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Britain's Road To Perdition

Britain's Road To Perdition | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Full English Brexit is off the menu. Before leaving the European Union altogether, the British government now wants an “interim period,” in which the United Kingdom would retain the commercial rights of EU membership, while still contributing to the EU budget, observing EU regulations and legal judgments, and allowing the free movement of people. This period would last for at least two years after March 2019 – the official deadline for the Brexit process – meaning that until 2021, Britain would essentially be an EU member state without any voting rights.
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#NewNationalism: 'Turn India into a Hindu state' 

#NewNationalism: 'Turn India into a Hindu state'  | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Following her trip to the US, DW's Fanny Facsar headed to India to find out what's driving nationalism in one of Asia's most populous countries. She discovered that religion there can run deeper than democratic values.
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Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Europe's Backyard: Tensions Rising in Balkans as Hopes for EU Future Fade - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Fourteen years after being told they had a future in the European Union, countries in the Western Balkans are losing hope. Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian influence in the region is on the rise. So too is the nationalist rhetoric of old.
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Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Brexit Is Dead: A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Europe used to have a fearful respect of the Tories. But those days have long since passed. Now, the weakened party may have accidentally killed off Brexit -- a pet project that most party leaders didn't want in the first place.
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Hungary approves crackdown on foreign NGOs | News | DW |

Hungary approves crackdown on foreign NGOs | News | DW | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Foreign-backed civil groups must now register with the courts and declare on all publications that they are not Hungarian. Critics called it a "vicious" attempt by the government to silence critical voices.
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Trump gives Pentagon freedom to set troop numbers in Afghanistan | News | DW |

Trump gives Pentagon freedom to set troop numbers in Afghanistan | News | DW | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
President Donald will give the Pentagon freedom to set troop numbers as the war in Afghanistan moves into a new phase. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis had asked for more troops amid concerns from lawmakers.
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Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar vs. Iran | Middle East | DW |

Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar vs. Iran | Middle East | DW | | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
The Gulf States are turning away from Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism. But is the move really about the fight against terrorism, or does it have to do with something else that is upsetting Saudi Arabia?
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pdeppisch's comment, June 12, 2017 11:43 AM
Lots of huge giant elephants in that room, eh!? :)
malek's comment, June 12, 2017 12:42 PM
so true
malek's comment, June 12, 2017 12:42 PM
so true
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At Washington ceremony, Montenegro becomes 29th and newest NATO member | News | DW

At Washington ceremony, Montenegro becomes 29th and newest NATO member | News | DW | International and Geopolitical News | Scoop.it
Montenegro has marked its pivot to the West by joining the alliance despite Russian opposition. Moscow has said it 'reserves the right to counter' what it called the tiny Balkan nation's 'hostile stance.'
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