April, 2016 Europe

Kick Turkey Out Of NATO

by Michael Rubin

When U.S. officials first approached Turkey about joining NATO, the Turkish government was enthusiastic. Thousands of Turks were fighting alongside American forces in Korea. It was “imperative that democracies work in complete harmony, without competition among themselves or differences in policy objectives,” the U.S. ambassador to Turkey reported in a top-secret memo that Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Fuat Koprulu told him.


By Peter Koenig

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would Abolish Europe’s Sovereignty. Is Madame Merkel Betraying the EU – Endangering the Lives of Future European Generations with her Push for the Nefarious TTIP?

BY DAVID P. GOLDMAN 
This is the sort of thing that happens in Mel Brooks movies, but not–at least until now–in geopolitics: Turkey’s claim upon the support of Western Europe comes from its own propensity to collapse. If it does so, the Europeans fear, the refugee stream that inundated Europe during 2015 will acquire another zero. That is why West Germany is willing to humiliate itself in order to prop up the regime of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


By ERIC SCHMITT and ALISSA J. RUBIN

James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, in February in Washington. When asked on Monday if the Islamic State was engaging in secret activities in in Britain, Germany and Italy, he said, “Yes, they do. That is a concern, obviously, of ours and our European allies.” Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times

By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos

Today, in the German city of Hannover, President Obama and Chancellor Merkel will again discuss about Greece. Greece and Syria are, for some years now, the two countries on which world interest is focused. If we judge by facts, all this “international interest” had, up to now, rather negative influence on the situation in both countries.

Philip Oltermann in Berlin and Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor
US president Barack Obama said Angela Merkel was on the right side of history with her management of the refugee crisis and praised the German chancellor as a steady and trustworthy ally with a really good sense of humour, as he embarked on the final phase of the last official European tour of his presidency.

Patrick Kingsley, theguardian
German chancellor Angel Merkel flew into southern Turkey late on Saturday to inaugurate the EU’s new aid programme for Syrians in the country, amid concerns that her visit both validates Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism and overstates the EU’s humanitarian contribution to the Syrian crisis.

Europe, Politics, Turkey

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has set a marvelous precedent in showing the entire world how a country should best care about the safety of its citizens traveling to… well, “different” foreign lands. In a very smart move, the German Foreign Ministry added a new piece of travel advice to the “tips page” on how German tourists should behave while on a visit to Turkey: “It is strongly advised not to make public political statements against the Turkish state and not to express sympathy for terrorist organizations.”


Tyler Durden 

Europe is planning on recolonizing Libya, and so it will send in armed forces in the coming months to restore order and stem the flow of migrants coming from Africa. If this expedition army succeeds in securing parts of the country and restoring law and order, Italian and German engineers from ENI and Wintershall will follow suit to help resume the country’s oil production, which will add 1.3 million barrels per day (Libya produced 1.7 million barrels per day before Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011) to the world oil glut.

Photo Gallery: An IS Stronghold in the Balkans

By Walter Mayr

Almost nothing remains of Ibro. There is just a single childhood photo remaining, an image of a flaxen-haired five-year-old that Ibro's father scanned so he could always carry it with him on his mobile phone. But no recent pictures are available. Before Ibro left Bosnia to join Islamic State (IS) in 2014, he tore up all the images of himself he could find. His interpretation of Sharia included the belief that images of people were haram -- forbidden.

By Nikolay Pakhomov
The massive European project has no clear goals.
For years we have heard almost daily about serious problems facing the European Union. On the strategic level, there are two ways to deal with those problems. One option is to play Whac-a-Mole, dealing with them one at a time and hoping that, in the meantime, a bigger problem does not arrive.

Ian Black in Geneva
UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks are facing a new crisis after opposition negotiators decided to delay their participation in the formal process until officials representing President Bashar al-Assad start to discuss the creation of a transitional government in Damascus – which they have so far refused to do.

Olivier Guitta
Recent terror attacks in Paris and Brussels have sadly shown the mistakes and sometimes the lack of cooperation of security services.
Indeed, the November attacks in Paris were planned by a Brussels-based cell that was likely to be piloted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) leaders in Syria. But Belgium failed to pass information to France about the members of that cell.

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Stefan Aust, Michael Behrendt, Manuel Bewarder and Claus Christian Malzahn*

Top German security officials say criminals and violent Islamists are using the asylum crisis to recruit refugees. They especially target minors traveling alone.

BERLIN — Germany's top domestic security official is warning that ISIS is actively recruiting among the new waves of refugees arriving in the country.


by Raheem Kassam 
Trevor Phillips, who commissioned an infamous 1997 report on "Islamophobia," says he "got almost everything wrong" on Muslim immigration.
The former head of Britain's Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, has admitted he "got almost everything wrong" on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation, and how the followers of Islam are creating "nations within nations" in the West.

Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and Angela Merkel, right

EUROPEAN UNION leaders were tonight plotting to override the democratic wishes of the Dutch people and plough ahead with a rejected plan to tighten their grip on Ukraine.

By NICK GUTTERIDGE
EU leaders have tonight poured cold water on the historic Dutch referendum result
Arrogant Brussels politicians insisted the plot to bring Kiev further into their sphere of influence will go ahead, even though it was last night overwhelmingly rejected by the Dutch people.

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By Daniel Koehler for ISN
How should policymakers and researchers conceptualize the process of violent radicalization? Today, Daniel Koehler proposes a model that treats it as a form of intellectual ‘de-pluralization’ which deliberately occurs outside of mainstream political culture.


by Raheem Kassam and Liam Deacon
The Daily Mail amended its false headline claiming the perpetrator of a hit-and-run attack in Brussels was a "far-right" activist. Other media outlets haven't made corrections. The journalists and publications which implied the hit and run in Molenbeek borough of Brussels this weekend was a 'far right' anti Islam attack had no evidence to suggest that it was as they reported, but they knew what story they wanted to write.

 Two days after the terror attack in Brussels (Photo: EPA)

Ariela Ringel Hoffman

Op-ed: News commentators claimed this terror attack did not surprise the Europeans, which begs the question: If this is how they handle an expected attack, how are they going to handle an attack that catches them by surprise?