Eurosphere agenda: Violence in Odessa, the Arrest of Gerry Adams, FTT talks…

Regarding the arrest of Gerry Adams open Democracy News Analysis – by Lorcan Mullen In Northern Ireland, the the arrest of Gerry Adams highlights the tensions between justice and peace.   Language as a barrier to dialogue in Ukraine  open Democracy News Analysis – by Polina Sinovets The issue of language and politics has long been a … Read more

Yeni Anayasa gündemi: “Anayasa Uzlaşma Komisyonu 2. yılı doldururken 60 maddede mutabakat sağlayabildi…

  Anayasa Uzlaşma Komisyonu 2. yılı doldururken 60 maddede mutabakat sağladı T24 Anayasa Uzlaşma Komisyonu 2. yıl bitimine yaklaşırken 60 maddede mutabakat sağladı. 112 maddede şerh var. “Yürütme”, “Son hükümler”, “Mali, Ekonomik ve Sosyal Hükümler” bölümlerinde komisyon ‘sıfır’ mutabakat sağladı. AKP’nin ‘Başkanlık’ önerisi CHP’de Kart ile Batum arasında Anayasa krizi tırmanıyor T24 CHP’de Anayasa Uzlaşma … Read more

“Kurdish autonomy in Syria alerts some in Turkey… A FP roundup…

Kurdish autonomy in Syria alerts Turkey Two days after the capture of the Syrian border post of Turkey near the town of Rasulayn on July 17 Kurds cement power in war on Turkish border Clashes between Islamist rebel forces and Kurdish fighters spread to a second Syrian province on July 20, activists said, as factional … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “EU outraged over US spying…Croatia, the new member…

  MAIN FOCUS: EU outraged over US spying | 02/07/2013 After media reports about spying activities of the US intelligence services in EU offices, the European Union is checking its facilities for bugging devices. The European Commission has demanded speedy explanations from the US. Some commentators say Europe should stand up to America, while others … Read more

A FP roundup: Turkish Defense Ministry denies claims used army uniforms given to Syrian rebels…

Turkish Defense Ministry denies claims used army uniforms given to Syrian rebels Turkish Defense Ministry officials have denied a claim by the main opposition Republican. The Obama-Erdoğan meeting and economic conduct Finally, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.   Peres sends condolences over Reyhanlı bombings as Netanyahu opts out: Report … Read more

by the way, Paris G20 was targeted by a Cyber attack

VIDEO: Cyber attack targeted Paris G20 from BBC News | Europe | World Edition The French finance ministry has confirmed it came under a cyber attack in December that targeted files on the G20 summit held in Paris in February. It appears that somebody was trying to sneak a look at documents ahead of the … Read more

“Hot weather triggers air-conditioner usage record in Turkey

Hot weather triggers air-conditioner usage record in Turkey from Hurriyet Dailynews Extremely hot weather and industrial consumption pushed Turkey?s air-conditioner usage to 700 million kilowatts per hour on Friday. Turk accused of beating wife ‘was dancing’ from BBC News | Europe | World Edition A man accused of beating his wife tells a New Zealand … Read more

Enlargement chief: Turkey’s involvement in Mideast not harming EU bid

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule. AFP photo

EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule. AFP photo

Turkey’s involvement in Mideast not harming EU bid, enlargement chief says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s growing involvement in Middle East affairs does not contradict its bid to join the bloc, the European Union’s enlargement chief said in remarks published Monday.

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Timetable for Greece

EU ministers give Greece timetable for recovery

from by Claire

EU finance ministers gathered in Brussels yesterday to formalise a timetable for the Greek government to reduce its budget deficit from 12.7% to 3% by 2012.

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"Wim Wenders closing speech – I'm talking about us, Europeans!


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Wim Wenders closing speech – I’m talking about us, Europeans!

from LabforCulture Blog

Closing speech by Wim Wenders, President of the European Film Academy, during the European Culture Forum.

The speech was read out by EFA director Ms Döring, and is available for download as a PDF on the European Commission website.

A few months ago, the European Film Academy organised a think tank dedicated to “THE IMAGE OF EUROPE”.


The think tank took place under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, who actually joined us on that occasion and took a very active and very outspoken part in it.

and Erkan’s rounup of interesting things from the web:

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Turkish Foreign Policy roundup.

More moves on the Eastern front…

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject ...

EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Tehran October 27, 2009.

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"Why enlargement is in trouble

Katinka Barysch of Centre for European Reform explains why EU enlargement is in trouble and there is more from the EU in the roundup…

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"Populists defeated in Swiss EU labour poll

While populists are defeated in Swis EU poll, German judges study Lisbon Treaty. And there is more from Europe… A roundup… 

Populists defeated in Swiss EU labour poll

With most mainstream political parties and the economic establishment pushing for a ‘yes’ vote, anti-immigration populists suffered a defeat yesterday (8 February) in a referendum to open up the country’s labour market to Bulgarian and Romanian workers.


The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) commissioned OgilvyOne to develop a website campaign to encourage people across the EU to take action to reduce their environmental impact. The site is called the changers.found in The Changers

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"Europe?s hierarchy of aliens

Europe’s hierarchy of aliens

By Third Tone Devil

A few days ago Jovan wrote about Gabriele Marranci’s blog. When I was in Singapore I had a chat with Gabriele about xenophobia in Italy, and to my surprise he told me that the main xenophobic party, Lega Nord, which is part of the current government,  has recently upgraded Chinese immigrants to being as dangerous as Muslims. I had thought that in the last few years Muslims have become the unchallenged embodiment of the dangerous Other. This does have its flip side, though. At a conference today in Amsterdam I heard a paper by Gargi Bhattacharya denouncing Britain’s criminalization of forced marriage as a step to stigmatize Muslims/South Asians further. But, commenting on her paper, anthropologist Jacob Rigi reminded us that “slavery” (combatting which was one of the rationales for the legislation) really does exist; just look at all those trafficked Chinese. In other words, even those in the academia who are sensitive towards “security talk” about Muslims may not be so critical when the same type of rhetoric crops up with regard to other migrants.


A huge round up follows: 

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"Czech art spoof sparks EU outrage