French president Macron pushes at speed

French president Macron pushes at speed

  Jonathan Power  July 3, 2018 At last week’s European summit the leaders spent most of the time discussing immigration restrictions. Yet the Syrian rush through the Mediterranean is now a trickle. The African migration is down by 95%. No wonder that Emmanuel Macron, the young (40) president of France, was frustrated. Although he spent […]

The EU’s woeful refugee crisis – spelling the end?

The EU’s woeful refugee crisis – spelling the end?

  Jan Oberg on PressTV June 29, 2018 Oberg comments directly after the EU Summit on a series of issues, among them also defence and security. Here is the document from the European Council and nobody seem to contemplate the link between EU/NATO armament (arms exports), military intervention and NATO/EU countries ravaging one country after […]

Europe’s migration crisis is one of mismanagement: the figures

Europe’s migration crisis is one of mismanagement: the figures

  By Nikolaj Nielsen and Damiano Bacci Brussels, June 27, 2018 Originally published by euobserver here Five years ago, Italian and EU leaders stood in silence as they watched coffins pile up in a warehouse on the island of Lampedusa. “Coffins of babies, coffins with the mother and the child that was born just at […]

Thursday’s EU summit must conquer misleading immigration policies

Thursday’s EU summit must conquer misleading immigration policies

  By Jonathan Power June 28, 2018 Navel-gazing can sometimes be a good thing. But, as the self-help books and articles advocate, looking at one’s achievements to date to boost one’s morale is always a good step forward before attempting to improve the mind and spirit. Europe’s summit opens on Thursday. With immigration the central […]

Time for Europe to use the stick against Trump

Time for Europe to use the stick against Trump

  By Jonathan Power Don’t cry for me, Europe.  The time for diminishing Europe’s self-esteem is over. It’s time for toughness and retaliation. Even a personal intervention by his favourite European head of state, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, failed to move President Donald Trump on the gravest of all policies – his decision that […]

Populism – A Notion Rising Above Its Content

Populism –  A Notion Rising Above Its Content

  By Tibor Várady April 19, 2018 Some introductory remarks concerning the use of the term “populism” The term “populism” is becoming increasingly popular in public discourse. It is difficult to deny – and I have no intention to try to deny – that the designation tackles (or tries to tackle) a serious problem. But […]

Death of a hero in France

Death of a hero in France

  By Jonathan Power   April 4, 2018 Personally I’m a coward. I’m unlikely ever to be a hero. (I have rescued on different occasions three young children from drowning, but I didn’t risk my life.) I certainly would never have done what Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, the French policeman, did. He asked the terrorist who […]

Trump’s Iran Statement: A View from Europe

Trump’s Iran Statement: A View from Europe

 Photo: The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini     By Peter Jenkins January 13, 2018 • It is with some reluctance that I write about President Donald Trump’s latest statement on Iran, because the statement is so full of half-truths, untruths, and logical fallacies that it is bad […]

PESCO: EU paves way to defense union

PESCO: EU paves way to defense union

By the European Union • The majority of EU nations have committed to a joint defense cooperation, focusing on military operations and investments. Europe is looking to cement unity, especially since Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. From Deutsche Welle – the whole article here Defense and foreign ministers from 23 European Union countries […]

Shedding Diplomacy – And Fear as a Tool to Gain Power

  By Roberto Savio •This op-ed by Roberto Savio, IPS founder and President Emeritus is adapted from a statement he made as a panelist on Migration and Human Solidarity, A Challenge and an Opportunity for Europe and the MENA region held on 14 December at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. […]