Elections in Europe: No risks for the EU, leaders readying to face Trump-Brexit

Visit of Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States (on the left), to the EC. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission received Pence in Commission’s headquarters in Brussels. (Date: 20/02/2017 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union, 2017/ Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte.)

Some political analysts in mainland Europe but many more in Britain and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the US, have rushed to call 2017 the year that can make or break the European Union. They basically argue that the three crucial legislative elections due in Holland next month, in France in […]

The four top Americans who flew to Europe perplexed things about Trump’s intentions

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (on the right) and James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense delivered a joint statement after a bilateral meeting, in the context of the regular gathering of NATO ministers of defense. Brussels, Belgium, 15-16 February 2017. (NATO photo gallery).

Four top ranking Washington bigwigs – who flew to Munich, Brussels and Bonn to mend fences with Europe, after Donald Trump termed NATO ‘obsolete’ and rejoiced the unraveling of the EU, left the Europeans bewildered with the dangerously diverging stories they had to narrate. Only the extreme right wing, Polish Defense Minister Anton Macierewicz seemed […]

Trump stumbles badly on his Russian openings; Europeans wary of Putin

Retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn quitted this week his position as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump. (Snapshot from a video interview with Al Jazeera TV, 13 Jan 2016).

In the fourth week of the Trump Presidency things have become more hectic. Those around the boss are now people of authority, and their actions directly affect America and the world. It’s not only that the chief himself changes his mind from one day to the next about crucial global issues, like the ‘one China’ […]

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

Discussion between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker (in the foreground, from left to right)
Date: 21/10/2016. Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte

The president of the European Commission together with EU and German officials fear that Brexit will divide the EU after the negotiations have been concluded. Theresa May is about to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the talks for UK’s exit once the House of Lords grants permission. In addition to the Brexit procedure, […]

Why is Grexit again in the news? Who is to pay for Eurozone’s banking problems?

Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Federal minister for Finance, addressing the Plenary of the Bundestag. City: Berlin. Country: Deutschland. Date taken: 17.02.2016. Photographer: Achim Melde. German Parliament work.

Grexit, Greece’s exit from the euro area, is back in the news – for the wrong reasons. During this past week, the country’s creditors, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund, finally agreed amongst themselves to set even tougher conditions in order to continue refinancing the […]

US, Russia oblige each other in Syria and Ukraine selling off allies

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (on the right) and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel share a laugh before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 2, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain].

The US – Russia rapprochement, as having been set in motion by the new tenant of the White House, is to be tested first and foremost in Syria and Ukraine. Washington and Moscow support opposing sides in two catastrophic and bloody civil wars, which have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and thrown millions of […]

EU: Divided they stand on immigration and Trump hurricanes

The European Union heads of state or government met for an informal summit in Valletta, Malta on 3 February 2017. At the morning session, the 28 EU leaders focused on migration issues. During the afternoon session the 27 leaders, after the British PM Theresa May left, prepared the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. From left to right: Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Shoot location: Valletta – Malta. Shoot date: 03/02/2017. Copyright: European Union.

The last Friday’s Malta Summit of the 28 minus 1 EU leaders, on emigration and the future of Europe, was convened amidst a steaming wider political environment within and without Europe. The Council could only agree upon on transferring another €200 million to the one of the at least two Libyan governments, that a small […]

Europe led by Germany seems vulnerable to Trump’s threats

Yesterday in Rome Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Prime Minister received Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council (from left to right). Shoot location: Rome – Italy. Shoot date: 01/02/2017. Copyright: European Union.

Trump’s America and Europe are obviously at odds. The question is how far this division will go? Unquestionably, it’s the new tenant of the White House who fuels this unseen before confrontation between the Atlantic allies, attached by a time cherished bonding that has politically and economically shaped the world as we know it so […]

Brexiteer May gets lip-service from Trump and Turkish promises from Erdogan

Washington D.C., 27 January 2017. The British Prime Minister Teresa May and the US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference after their meeting at the White House. (Foto: UK Government work).

The rush announcement of a fabulous trade deal with the US, which ,Teresa May, the British Prime Minister sought last week in Washington D.C., didn’t materialize. As for the much advertised ‘special relationship’ between the US and Britain, it will bear no economic meaning whatsoever, at least in the foreseeable future. The governing Brexiteers in […]

Syria: A bloody tracer of Trump – Putin rapprochement

Moscow, Kremlin, 9.8.2016. President Vladimir Putin of Russia (on the right) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a joint press conference after their meeting in Moscow. Russia was the first foreign country Erdogan visited after the attempted coup of July last year. (9 August 2016. Foto: Turkish Presidency work).

Despite the dreadful fact that the fighting and the bloodshed continues on many spots on the ground, the Astana agreement for a truce in Syria backed by Russia, Turkey and Iran seems to present a good chance for peace. Last Tuesday, the above three foreign powers and their proxies implicated in the Syrian civil war, […]