Ankara Believes Europe is Carrying Out a Planned Operation Against Turkey

The troubled relations between Turkey and the European Union clearly demonstrate the futility of Brussels’ attempts to build a working model of multiculturalism in Europe. The main thing here is the objective impossibility of combining two mutually exclusive aims: getting the refugee crisis under control, including by working with Muslims, chiefly the many Turkish communities … Continue reading Ankara Believes Europe is Carrying Out a Planned Operation Against Turkey

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Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events aim to … Continue reading Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

Is Turkey Lost to the West?

Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever. Last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Angela Merkel’s Germany to Hitler’s, said the Netherlands was full of “Nazi remnants” and “fascists,” and suggested the Dutch ambassador go … Continue reading Is Turkey Lost to the West?

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Erdogan and EU Go Off Rails – a Plague on Both Their Houses

The extraordinary war of words erupting between Turkey and the European Union is pushing already strained relations to breaking point. Ankara has banned all Dutch diplomats from its territory after the Netherlands banished Turkish ministers from holding political rallies, while deploying heavy-handed policing to break up the rallies. Now with the rest of the EU expressing solidarity … Continue reading Erdogan and EU Go Off Rails – a Plague on Both Their Houses

Demonstrators wave Turkish flags during a protest in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2017. © Murad Sezer / Reuters

Western Chicken Hawks are Going Cold on Turkey

Where is the increasingly vituperative spat between Turkey and The Netherlands (and other EU countries) going to lead? Why is this political fall-out between fellow NATO members happening at this precise moment? First, a quick recap of the events. At the weekend, two high-ranking Turkish officials were prevented from speaking at political rallies in The … Continue reading Western Chicken Hawks are Going Cold on Turkey

When ‘Disinformation’ is Truth

The anti-Russian McCarthyism that has spread out from the United States to encompass the European Union, Canada and Australia has at its core an implicit recognition that neoliberal economics and neoconservative foreign policy have failed. When I recently asked a European journalist why this anti-Russian hysteria had taken root among mainstream European political parties, he … Continue reading When ‘Disinformation’ is Truth

Analyzing Austria’s “Refugee”/Immigrant Proposal for the EU Periphery

The Austrians recently called on the Western Balkans, Georgia, and Egypt to build “refugee”/immigrant centers for processing and potentially indefinitely housing the hundreds of thousands of non-Western individuals that are streaming into the EU. Mr. Sebastian Kurz told the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper that “It is not that important where exactly they [the centers] … Continue reading Analyzing Austria’s “Refugee”/Immigrant Proposal for the EU Periphery

Cash No Longer King: Europe Moves to Begin Elimination of Paper Money

In the shadow of Donald Trump’s spree of controversial actions, the European commission has quietly launched the next offensive in the war on cash. These unelected bureaucrats have boldly asserted their intention to crack down on paper transactions across the E.U. and solidify a trend that has been gaining momentum for years. The financial uncertainty … Continue reading Cash No Longer King: Europe Moves to Begin Elimination of Paper Money

Australia and Europe Should Conduct a Trade Reset – and Would Be Wise to Unite with Russia and China

Reports in the US and international media indicate that the President of the United States hit a new low in spiteful animosity when he tweeted about Federal Judge James Robart that ‘the opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!’ The policies of Trump America … Continue reading Australia and Europe Should Conduct a Trade Reset – and Would Be Wise to Unite with Russia and China