International Organizations

Europe's Faustian Pact with the Sultan

 Europe's Faustian Pact with the Sultan

PEPE ESCOBAR 
Anyone who haggled about the price of a carpet in a Turkish bazaar knows these guys are more reptilian than Henry Kissinger. They always get what they want by letting you leave with the impression you got what you want for a price way higher than you were initially inclined to pay.

Forever on the Periphery? The Return of Geopolitics to EU Enlargement to the Balkans


Croatia is now a member of the EU; Montenegro is half way there, at best; Serbia has just opened its first negotiation chapters; and the remaining Western Balkan states have no clear prospect of joining Brussels’ club. That’s not good, claims Tomasz Żornaczuk, and here are his reasons why.

Libya conflict: UN says all sides probably guilty of war crimes

Agence France-Presse in Geneva
All sides in the Libyan conflict are probably guilty of war crimes, including torturing, raping and executing prisoners, the UN has said, urging the world to do more to bring the perpetrators to justice.

It's Time to Kick Erdogan's Turkey Out of NATO


Stanley Weiss
Founding Chairman, Business Executives for National Security

It has always been a matter of historical curiosity that one of the American diplomats who was deeply involved in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was named Achilles. As the head of the State Department's Office of Western European Affairs after World War II and the eventual U.S. Vice Deputy of the North Atlantic Council, Theodore Achilles played a lead role in drafting the treaty that was designed to deter an expansionist Soviet Union from engaging in an armed attack on Western Europe.

The U.K. Is Fracturing Europe in Pursuit of Ghosts

<p>Now, get me out of this.</p> Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

BLOOMBERGVIEW, By Marc Champion

The European Union is a strange beast, a 28-sided push-me-pull-you that Britons never loved, but needed. They still do, perhaps more than ever. Yet it is very possible that Britain will vote to leave on June 23, in pursuit of a fantasy.

Who are NATO’s ships in the Aegean really keeping an eye on?

 

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has announced the deployment of the alliance’s standing naval force in the Aegean Sea to help tackle the refugee and migrant crisis. Apparently triggered by a joint Greek/Turkish/German request, the deployment is ostensibly meant to assist international efforts to stem illegal migration.

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