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On April 16, the Turkish people voted in a constitutional referendum deciding whether to broaden the Presidential office’s influence at the expense of the parliament, further undermining the fragile Turkish parliamentary democracy and pushing it further towards authoritarianism. Erdogan’s razor-thin victory of (51,3%), allowed for the realization of his long-time effort to redefine his position… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Genval, 14th April 2017 – Harassment of independent and critical NGOs, attempt to close the Central European University, mass anti-European campaign called ‘Let’s stop Brussels!’, violating Human Rights of Asylum seekers and antigypsyism resulting segregated education are the recent scandals in Hungary. If you look at them one-by-one and together, they can be considered as… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

Guest blog post by Yana Popkostova, is a Director of The European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis (ECEGA.EU) A realistic assessment of the potential of the Levantine resources to reach Europe provides a rather sober perspective, much different from the hype surrounding the flurry of diplomatic activity related to the East Med gas. Hopes… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

In a recent interview with Hospodarske Noviny, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said that he is open to cooperation between the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Communists (KSCM) on government level. Up until now, this has been hindered by the so-called Bohumin resolution of 1995. The resolution was put in place to ensure that the… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Running Commentary VIII

Still stumbling towards the exit Running out of patience with British politicians? In my latest article on all things Brexit (9 February) I explain why the Westminster parliament and parties find themselves split and emasculated – and have only themselves to blame. I have precious little sympathy for those Remainers who voted blithely to promote… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

In the last year Romania has inarguably found itself in a most decisive period for its future as a state. The importance derives from the internal politics that are outlined especially after the last parliamentary elections on December 11. Roughly one year after the protests that followed the tragedy of the Colectiv club (which resulted… » read more

  Posted by Campus Europe

A new Bankwatch study reveals a worrying track record of criminal and corrupt activities among the companies that are building Europe’s flagship gas pipeline project, the Southern Gas Corridor. by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. The Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500 kilometre system of pipelines meant to bring gas from Azerbaijan into Europe,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

United Against Rape

European civil society calls for action against the Turkish government’s recent bill that would release prisoners convicted of sexual assault of minors, if they marry their victims. In the light of recent events and concerning news arriving from the state of democracy and respect of fundamental human rights in Turkey, AEGEE-Europe and the European Youth… » read more

  Posted by Key to Europe

“We just had an election and most journalists were shocked! Why? Because they had been reporting from their own bias instead of from reality, and some journalists even said so. But this isn’t just about elections: it happens in many areas, including Israel and the Palestinians.” (HonestReporting) Trump presidency means new better era in U.S.-Israel… » read more

  Posted by AriRusila's Conflicts

Just a few months after he was enthroned as the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in February 2009, Kirill I travelled to Istanbul to meet with Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarch, historically the “first among equals” in the Orthodox Church hierarchy. A mere six years older than Kirill, Bartholomew has held this… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

According to the latest sociological surveys, held in Russia, citizen’s confidence in state authorities is falling. The interesting fact is that the Russians’ 74-percent support of President stands in stark contrast with 20-30-percent support of the government, Federation Council and State Duma. Meanwhile, the negative tendencies permanently strengthen in comparison with previous years when Putin’s… » read more

  Posted by Tyszecki

BICOM reports that the executive board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) officially on 18th Oct. 2016 approved a controversial motion which failed to recognise any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The executive board ratified the resolution, which was approved last Thursday by member states in Paris. The vote… » read more

  Posted by AriRusila's Conflicts

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