Europe

Trump’s Ambivalence Towards NATO Could Backfire

 Trump’s NATO

By Dr. Tsilla Hershco 
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 381

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: US President-Elect Donald Trump has toned down the anti-NATO rhetoric he employed on the campaign trail, but it remains uncertain whether he appreciates the value of the organization for American interests. NATO provides security insurance not only to Europe but also to the US. Trump should be cautious about weakening its deterrence and power projection.

Europe Should End Its Planned Marriage with Turkey

 Europe Planned Marriage Turkey


by Burak Bekdil, The Gatestone Institute
Visiting Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in the first week of November for the opening of a mosque in a dictatorial country where there are 100,000 Muslims, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Western Europe of "intolerance that spreads like the plague."

Merkel Battles History

Merkel Renzi


As the German chancellor stands for re-election, she must grapple with the rising tide of nationalism.
By Jacob L. Shapiro

The U.K. is leaving the European Union. Donald Trump, he of the threats to pull U.S. support from NATO and the ambiguous relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is president-elect of the United States. Marine Le Pen is doing well in French polls, and even if she loses (which in light of the recent performance of opinion polling should be regarded as a healthy possibility), upcoming French elections are already centering around issues of French identity and immigration. 

Erdoğan is right: Turkey should vote on EU membership

Turkey EU membership

BURAK BEKDİL

The birth of the modern state in the Islamic world has brought with it an eternal casus belli: Should the state be based on man-made laws or divine law? That question has been at the heart of decades-long ideological wars in Muslim lands. Turkey is no exception.

The Mundane Origins of Germany's Huge Turkish Population

German Wirtschaftswunder


by Daniel Pipes
In 1961, the German post-war "economic miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder) was in full bloom, with a seemingly insatiable thirst for unskilled workers. After signing government-to-government bilateral agreements with Italy (in 1955), Greece (1960), and Spain (1960), Bonn turned to Ankara and on this day, Oct. 30, in 1961 signed a "Recruitment Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Turkey" (Anwerbeabkommen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Türkei). Little did either side realize the implications of this seemingly minor accord.

How the Balkans’ «European Dream» Collides with Their Vital Interests

Balkans’ «European Dream»

 PYOTR ISKENDEROV 
How the Balkans’ «European Dream» Collides with Their Vital Interests
It is not often in the tension-ridden European Union that politicians on different sides of the political barricades express solidarity on key issues.


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