Category: ARIANA FERENTINOU
It was one year ago – November 2015 – when Alexis Tsipras, freshly re-elected as prime minister, paid a two-day official visit to Istanbul and Ankara.
Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Nov. 27, making him favorite to win a presidential election five months from now against the popular far-right and a deeply divided left.
Fears that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming pushed almost 200 nations at climate talks in Morocco on Nov. 17 to declare action an “urgent duty.”
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming vice president have now spoken to 29 foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump’s aides said Nov. 17.
Former economy minister Emmanuel Macron vowed to implement a "democratic revolution" as he announced he was running for president of France on Nov. 16.
World leaders pledged to work with Donald Trump after his shock victory in the U.S. presidential election but some officials expressed alarm that the vote could mark the end of an era in which Washington promoted democratic values and was seen by its allies as a guarantor of peace
France moved hundreds of child migrants from the site of a demolished camp to reception centers across the country on Nov. 2, as a feud with Britain over who takes care of the youths dragged on.
French demolition teams cleared the last shacks in the Calais “Jungle” on Oct. 31, signaling the end of the notorious camp as concerns mount for thousands of migrants sleeping rough in Paris.
As Iraqi forces were inching closer to Mosul, the Western defense chiefs from the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) met in Paris to review the offensive on the jihadist bastion
In the same way as an advertisement serves to commerce, propaganda is serving politics. It is not strange that in the midst of intra-European crisis scapegoats are in high demand.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘On Extremism and Democracy in Europe’ by Cas Mudde (Routledge, 163 pages, £45)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “no miracles” were achieved on the Ukraine crisis on Oct. 20, but talks with the country’s leader and his Russian and French counterparts did lead to some progress on ending a deadlock in the peace process.
Russia on Oct. 12 said it would hold Syria talks with the United States and regional powers, including Turkey, this weekend, the first meeting on the conflict since Washington froze bilateral cease-fire negotiations.
At least 35 Syrians were killed and many more wounded in a blast on Oct. 6 at a camp at the town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey
President Francois Hollande said on Sept. 26 that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain.
Iraqi forces readying to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will be using artillery batteries provided by France, France President Francois Hollande said Sept. 20, as Iraqi military closed in on Sept. 21 on the center of Shirqat, a northern town held by ISIL
The European Union’s 27 member states began discussions on Sept. 16 to draw up a new road map for the future after the U.K.’s decision to leave the bloc, focusing on defense cooperation and border security in a bid to heal deep divisions in particular over migration
EU officials have begun to visit the Turkish capital of Ankara with increased frequency in an effort repair the recent damage in ties, which became strained after the July 15 failed coup attempt and the process of visa liberalization for Turkish citizens to the bloc stalled
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will use the upcoming G-20 Summit in China as an opportunity to brief the world’s most powerful leaders on the failed coup attempt on July 15 and the country’s ongoing fight against the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), his spokesman has said
France said on Aug. 30 it wanted to halt thorny EU-U.S. trade talks as French President Francois Hollande said there would be no deal at least until after U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office in January
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