Europe

Is this descent into chaos actually deliberate?

Is this descent into chaos actually deliberate?

Cyprus Mail

12 August 2012

HAVE reached a nightmarish conclusion: President Christofias and the AKEL leadership are consciously leading us to bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, their behaviour leaves no room for any other interpretation of their actions. No rational person could any longer excuse the blatantly catastrophic course they are following by citing ignorance, incompetence and irresponsibility.

Europe’s solidarity imperative

Europe’s solidarity imperative

Todayszaman,

12 August 2012

LONDON –- When Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, publicly proclaimed that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to ensure the future stability of the euro, the effect of his remarks was immediate and remarkable.

With no progress in sight, Turkish Cypriots await UN to declare talks dead

With no progress in sight, Turkish Cypriots await UN to declare talks dead

Todayszaman

12 August 2012

Almost exactly four years after Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders launched talks on reuniting the divided island under the UN auspices, a breakthrough is as unlikely as ever. Frustrated with the lack of settlement and persisting international isolation, the Turkish Cypriot leadership says it may be long overdue for the UN to tell the world the obvious truth that no solution is in sight, so that the Turkish Cypriots can move beyond a limbo they have been stuck in for years.

Spanish authorities: Suspected Al Qaeda members trained for plot using model plane

Spanish authorities: Suspected Al Qaeda members trained for plot using model plane

August 11, 2012

Associated Press

MADRID – Authorities in Spain released a video Saturday that they claim shows suspected Al Qaeda members training for a bombing raid using a model plane, the latest development in a case that has led to three arrests.

Altruistic Society or Sect? The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

Altruistic Society or Sect?
The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

Der Spiegel, Maximilian Popp,

 

8 August 2012

Millions of Muslims around the world idolize Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who likes to present himself as the Gandhi of Islam. His Gülen movement runs schools in 140 countries and promotes interfaith dialogue. But former members describe it as a sect, and some believe the secretive organization is conspiring to expand its power in Turkey.

No letup in anti-German sentiment in Greece

No letup in anti-German sentiment in Greece

Deutsche Welle,

8 August 2012

During the debt crisis Greeks have been badmouthing the Germans - but the Germans have been equally critical of their EU counterparts. Some Greeks want this situation to change.

German tabloids portray Greeks as bankrupt and tell them to sell off their islands to pay their debts - and Greek cartoonists sketch German chancellor Angela Merkel in a Nazi uniform or as a whip-touting animal tamer at the circus. Negative comments by both Greek and German politicians have also not made rapprochement between the two countries easier.

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