Record number of EU terror attacks recorded in 2015

A record number of terrorist attacks were planned, foiled or carried out in European Union countries last year, with the UK reporting the highest number of attacks.
The European Union and the United States among other heavy-weight countries have rejected a UN proposal to resettle 10% of the world’s refugees annually as part of a new global effort to tackle the worst refugee crisis since World War II

At a first cut, the 23 June referendum result has been the clearest possible vindication of the many years of concerted action by British Eurosceptics: on a high turnout, a majority of people voted to leave the EU, even if many of them wouldn’t have particularly described themselves as Eurosceptics.

‘Corbyn-mania’: cult of personality or political movement?

Why have thousands of people seemingly have vested their political hopes in a single figurehead?

Corbyn speaks to the crowd at a rally. Photo: Rick Findler / PA Wire/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.There are two narratives about the current turmoil surrounding the Labour Party leadership. While it would be beyond naïve to rule out the possibility that there is some intentional misrepresentation going on, it is nonetheless important to recognise that some actors at least are genuinely at cross purposes in how they understand the terrain. This matters because this debate touches upon underlying questions about democracy, sovereignty and citizenship, which we ignore at our peril.

We must not fall prey to the idea that Brexit is the start of an “unravelling” of the EU, write Enrico Letta, Yves Bertoncini and other members of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, surrendering the role in the wake of the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Wednesday (20 July).

There’s silver lining in Brexit for the EU’s climate and energy plans

A lot of good can come out of the Brexit vote if the European Commission makes it 100% clear that continued action on climate change and energy savings are crucial issues which transcend politics and pro or anti-EU sentiment, writes Brook Riley.

Boris Johnson: We are leaving the European Union, not Europe

“We have to give effect to the will of the people and leave the European Union, but that in no sense means that we are leaving Europe,” Britain’s new foreign minister Boris Johnson said upon his arrival at the European Council in Brussels on Monday (18 July).

Brexit and the rise of populism

Populist nationalisms are replacing social democracy and Christian democracy across Europe. But we cannot, and should not, attempt to resuscitate these traditional models of governance.

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias in the Spanish parliament. Photo: Francisco Seco / AP/Press Association Images.

The Boris Johnson question: how the UK’s foreign secretary is viewed abroad

Some international observers are amused, but others regard Britain’s top diplomat as a new and unnecessary problem

International reaction to the appointment of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary has been overwhelmingly negative. The news prompted incredulity in stunned global capitals, with few finding anything good to say about Britain’s new top diplomat. Some even wondered whether the story was a joke.

The BBC rounds up some of Boris Johnson’s on-the-record “gaffes” (which is to say, unforgivable racist garbage), from calling African people “piccaninnies” to praising Bashar Al-Assad.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson booed at French Embassy

The new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has been booed by some of the guests at a French Embassy reception in London.

Who’s who in the Brexit government?

Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday announced six members of her cabinet, the nucleus of the ministerial team that will helm the negotiations to take the UK out of the European Union.

Foreign diplomats and politicians seem to be going through different “stages of grief” in dealing with the appointment of Boris Johnson as U.K. foreign minister — laughter, incredulity and now rage.

Reshuffle of EU presidencies expected very shortly

The rotating six-month presidencies of the Council of the EU will be reshuffled next week, as a result of Brexit, diplomats told EurActiv.
A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.

Afterbrexit: Chief xenophobe Boris Johnson now Foreign Secretary; Goldman-Sachs hires Barroso

Boris Johnson led the Brexit campaign with a lot of dog-whistles about dirty foreign muck stealing our jobs and clogging up our NHS, before being stabbed in the back by Michael Gove and bowing out of politics, until, today, he was made Foreign Secretary by Theresa May, the UK’s new Pry Minister.

Britain was rocked on Wednesday by the shocking appointment of former London mayor and prominent Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson to the role of foreign secretary.

For the first time in the history of the monetary union, member states are facing sanctions because of their budget deficits. After postponing the decision on Spain and Portugal several times, the EU finance ministers agreed to launch sanctions proceedings on Tuesday. The Commission will now decide what form the sanctions will take. Does this disciplinary action make sense?

Britain’s new foreign secretary Boris Johnson: a career of insults and gaffes

From likening Hillary Clinton to ‘a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital’ to writing a poem in which the president of Turkey has sex with a goat, Johnson has made a name for himself around the world

When our watchdog becomes a bloodthirsty attackdog, be wary

Jeremy Corbyn has been variously described in the British press as unelectable, comic and highly dangerous. How should a healthy democracy respond to politicians pursuing a different kind of democracy?

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