Eurosphere agenda: “Martin Schulz to run in German election, leaving EU parliament

Martin Schulz to run in German election, leaving EU parliament  BBC News | Europe | World Edition The head of the European Parliament is to return to German national politics next year. The Brief: Schulz gives up European Parliament to return to politics by James Crisp Martin Schulz is giving up the European Parliament to return … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Trump victory to spur EU military union”

Germany: Trump victory to spur EU military union – Headline News Donald Trump’s election as US president, as well as Brexit, ought to speed up plans for EU military integration, Germany’s defence chief says. Trump to model UK relations on Reagan-Thatcher – Headline News Ukip leader Nigel Farage already says he is willing to help … Read more

Cyberculture agenda: “A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA… “Facebook, Twitter and Google pledge to increase hate speech moderation efforts in Germany…

A Victory for Privacy and Transparency: HRW v. DEA Updates by Mark Rumold In a victory for millions of people in the U.S. who have placed telephone calls to locations overseas, EFF and Human Rights Watch have confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s practice of collecting those records in bulk has stopped and that the … Read more

The Pope hits hard. The word Genocide.

He was the first foreign notable to visit Erdoğan’s Palace and now He uttered the G. word 🙂 Pope’s remarks on Armenia issue irk Ankara Turkey has summoned the Vatican’s ambassador in Ankara over the Pope’s comments on the mass deportation of Armenians Turkey fury at Pope ‘genocide’ claim BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey … Read more

Snowfall paralyses İstanbul. No more boasting about AKP’s municipalities…

AKP boasts about its philosophy of municipal administration and we see it deteriorates day by day. Istanbul’s traffic and infrastructure has entered a stage of decline after successful first years under AKP rule..  Istanbul paralyzed due to snowfall as 841 traffic accidents reported  Hurriyet Daily News A new wave of cold air and snowfall has hit … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The EU’s expensive, empty airports

Anti-Islam march in German city  BBC News | Europe | World Edition A controversial march against “Islamisation of the West”, and a big counter-demonstration, are held in the German city of Dresden. Germany and the eurozone: The view from Paris Centre for European Reform On recent visits to Berlin, I have been surprised at how negative people … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Funeral of Tuğçe Albayrak … Viktor Orban of Hungary…

Viktor Orban and the rise of the populist right…right? open Democracy News Analysis – by Joseph Larsen Viktor Orban, like European populists in general, is neither of the right nor the left. He is a child of both. Demotix/Mark Kerrison. All rights reserved. German video reveals fatal attack  BBC News | Europe | World Edition A German … Read more

Two autocrats, Erdoğan and Putin, to meet in Turkey… Dispatches from Turkey….

Turkey, Russia to seek new ways to deepen economic ties despite disagreements in Syria, Ukraine Moscow and Ankara will likely focus on finding new ways to enhance their already-tight relationship during Russian president’s high-level Ankara visit Turkey, Russia building new investment platform for joint projects across Russia’s regions The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Renaissance Holding … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Juncker presents investment plan…Pope’s Haggard Europe…

  VIDEO: Pope claims Europe appears ‘elderly’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition Pope Francis warns that the world sees Europe as “somewhat elderly and haggard” during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Pope complains of ‘haggard’ Europe  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Pope Francis warns that Europe appears “somewhat elderly” and … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “The Juncker Presidencie…”Merkel to mediate in Kiev…

  Handelsblatt: France is the new sick man of Europe  by Open Europe The Juncker Presidencies & EU budget stability Ideas on Europe by Ronny Patz I’m just doing some research on budgetary rules in the Eurozone, pre- and post-crisis, and stumbled over some interesting EU trivia: Reading the original Council Regulation (Regulation 1466/97) on the … Read more

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

Eurosphere agenda: EU Parliament’s time machine, Sinn Fein leader arrested, Unfortunate Odessa fire…

How an Oral History Project Got the Head of Sinn Fein Arrested FP Passport by Thomas Stackpole Try our new time machine, see what’schanged since first EU elections in 1979 ?   Adams ‘quizzed for 17 hours a day’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is being questioned for up to … Read more

From Italy with love: Italians say no to nuclear… Europride in Rome… a Euro roundup…

Europride and Gaga in Rome from Boing Boing by Jasmina Te?anovic (Lady Gaga performs during a gay pride concert in downtown Rome. Stefano Rellandini / Reuters) The gay icon Lady Gaga was there wearing her green wig, together with up to one million people marching chanting singing in a carnival gay pride march. Rome is … Read more