Europe (SCF) – Turkey’s relationship with the EU and NATO appears to have plumbed new lows. Ankara’s agreement with the EU to help hold back a flood of migrants is about to end. On March 13, Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced the…
Austria wants the European Union to freeze membership talks with Turkey over Ankara’s massive crackdown following the failed coup.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday that the EU “must at least freeze the accession negotiations.”
He said “it is wrong to continue accession negotiations as if nothing negative has happened in Turkey in the last few months.”
Few EU states support Austria’s stance.
The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights.
Imagine that Donald Trump wins the presidency. Then, as he has done throughout his career, he goes after his enemies. He purges the Republican Party of everyone who refused to support him. He initiates criminal proceedings against Hillary Clinton.
And he shuts down The New York Times and The Washington Post.
It sounds like an unlikely scenario. Even if he does somehow manage to pull his campaign out of hospice to win in November, Trump wouldn’t be able to just close the leading newspapers in the United States, however much he might despise the liberal media.
The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime in Damascus. It’s a nightmare for those who try to escape and face the prospect of death in transit or limbo in refugee camps.
Syria is a nightmare for individuals, millions of them. But it’s not just that. If states could dream, then Syria would be their nightmare as well.