#Afrin operation roundup: “Turkey’s Worst Day Yet in Syria Offensive: At Least 7 Soldiers Killed…

Turkey’s Worst Day Yet in Syria Offensive: At Least 7 Soldiers Killed NYT > Turkey by By ROD NORDLAND Syrian rebels in the northern city of Afrin also destroyed at least one tank, a day after other rebels shot down a Russian warplane. Turkey has no aim to invade Syria during Afrin operation: Erdoğan Turkey has no aim … Read more

#Europe agenda: Deadly storms… France vs. Fake News…

 Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three BBC News | Europe | World Edition Three people die and at least 20 are injured as high winds pummel most of western Europe. Emmanuel Macron: French president announces ‘fake news’ law  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Social media could face tougher rules on content during elections, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants”

Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants EurActiv.com Sixty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed an anti-communist uprising in Budapest, sending 200,000 Hungarians – men women and children – fleeing across the border into Austrian refugee camps, then onwards into a welcoming Western world. A Progressive Political Alliance for Europe  Project Syndicate by Kemal Derviş If … Read more

Istanbul war zone: Radiohead fans, LGBTI activists attacked, Erdoğan vows to destroy Gezi Park…

Erdoğan vows to ‘rebuild’ Ottoman military barracks in Istanbul’s Gezi Park Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to reconstruct the historic Taksim military barracks in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, a project that sparked country-wide anti-government protests in 2013 Police use teargas against LGBT activists in Istanbul World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Associated Press in Istanbul Dozens … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Europe’s Destructive Spirals of Distrust by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

German churches get wi-fi ‘Godspots’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition Wi-fi hotspots will be installed at 220 Protestant churches across the Berlin and Brandenburg region. Europe’s Destructive Spirals of Distrust SAPIENS by Thomas Hylland Eriksen On February 6, 2016, thousands of people protested the immigration of Muslims, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and other cities across Europe. … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The Böhmermann case…”Brussels seeks €50 billion to digitalise Europe’s industry…

Debate: The Böhmermann case: Did Merkel make the right decision? euro|topic Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the green light for criminal proceedings against German satirist Jan Böhmermann. His “smear poem” about Erdoğan is now the subject of a criminal investigation on charges of insulting a foreign head of state. Is Merkel kowtowing to Ankara? Brussels seeks €50 … Read more

Quite an interesting solution to #RefugeeCrisis: “Don’t come to Europe”- Eurosphere agenda

Tusk warns refugees away from Europe EurActiv.com by Georgi Gotev Speaking in Athens on Thursday (3 March), Council President Donald made a pathetic appeal to ‘economic’ migrants not to come to Europe. EU asylum seekers ‘doubled in 2015’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union in 2015 … Read more

“An insider’s cultural guide to Ankara…”Hidden child labour: how Syrian refugees in Turkey are supplying Europe with fast fashion

An insider’s cultural guide to Ankara: unique Anatolian modernity World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Didem Tali From psychedelic folk music to guerrilla artists, Didem Tali takes us behind the new urban developments in Turkey’s capital Delivery of new Turkish IDs to be complete by 2018 The delivery of new, modernized Turkish identity cards will be completed … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: In case you missed- “‘Hundreds’ of masked men rampage through Stockholm station beating up refugee children…

Hundreds of men were part of the mob, which marched through Stockholm’s main train station, reportedly targeted refugees via Aftonbladet ‘Hundreds’ of masked men rampage through Stockholm station beating up refugee children independent.co.uk – Jan 30, 5:14 AM Hundreds of masked men marched through Stockholm’s main train station on Friday evening, reportedly beating up refugees and … Read more

Peace bloc widens as more local and international support emerge for academicians…

Support for Academics from Paris  Bianet :: English In the conference where Etienne Balibar, Christian Laval and Vincent Duclert have taken place as speakers, importance of international support, in particular from France has been emphasized. Academics Overseas Support Signatory Academics  Bianet :: English 212 academics of whom 72 are professors have declared their support for their colleagues … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attack- Cologne Sex Attacks- Germany received 1 million refugees in 2015…

MAIN FOCUS: Paris commemorates Charlie Hebdo victims | 06/01/2016  euro|topics The victims of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the hostage taking in a Jewish supermarket were commemorated in Paris on Tuesday. A year after the attacks France’s politicians have still done nothing to tackle the roots of the terror, some commentators complain. … Read more

As “autonomy” uttered more vocally… “Probe opened for HDP co-chair’s ‘autonomy’ remarks…

Probe opened for HDP co-chair’s ‘autonomy’ remarks The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation on Dec. 28 over HDP co-chair’s remarks on autonomy as a part of articles regarding crimes against constitutional order and its operation in the Turkish criminal law Democratic Self-governing Regions’ Conclusion by DTK  Bianet :: English In the wake of the … Read more

Arab League denounces Turkish troop deployment in Iraq, Turkish PM vows to continue military presence in Iraq until “Mosul’s liberation”

Turkish PM vows to continue military presence in Iraq until Mosul’s liberation Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reiterated his government’s resolve to maintain a military presence in northern Iraq until Mosul is “liberated” Arab League denounces Turkish troop deployment in Iraq The foreign ministers of the Arab League condemned on Dec. 24 a Turkish military deployment … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Front National wins regional polls; defeated in key vote…

French far right defeated in key vote BBC News | Europe | World Edition France’s far-right National Front fails to win a single region, despite leading in nearly half in the first round of voting. MAIN FOCUS: Front National wins regional polls | 07/12/2015 euro|topics The far-right Front National won the first round of France’s regional elections … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Montenegro on the path to Nato membership…”Court blocks Catalan independence bill

Court blocks Catalan independence bill BBC News | Europe | World Edition Spain’s Constitutional Court revokes Catalonia’s parliamentary motion that set in motion a process of unilaterally breaking away from the rest of the country. EU’s new ‘Directive on Terrorism’ aims to criminalise preparatory acts  EurActiv.com The European Commission adopted on Wednesday (2 December) a package of measures … Read more