Record absence of sunshine in central Europe

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In recent weeks, Belgium has experienced a record absence of sunshine. A lack of light that can sometimes affect morale, and even cause a depressive state. December was Belgium's darkest month since 1934. The country's meteorological institute says there was barely more than 10 hours of sunshine during the whole month. The lack of light is hard for some to bear. A psychiatrist says it can even help cause depression. December was also unusually wet, with twenty-six days of rain. While ...

Excluding Turkey from the EU is a dangerous mistake

Saturday, 13 January 2018

In September of last year, as Germany’s election drew to a close, Angela Merkel went head to head in a TV debate with her main rival Martin Schulz. As expected, they clashed on the country’s economic outlook and what to do about the migrant crisis that has severely affected Germany. But on one topic, they were curiously aligned: Turkey.Turkey, Schulz said, had “crossed all the red lines” and if elected chancellor he would end talks with the country on European Union ...

Faisal al-Yafai

Visiting a library in Paris

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Don’t go to the library. This trip is a trap. The rich library is a strict court. A store to sell poison, questions and doubts. Some believe that this trip is no longer useful and that you can read a book on your device or smartphone. There is a great difference however between buying a rose and going to a garden.During the final days of 2017, I was in Paris where I visited a local library. I was awestruck. If you are an aspiring writer, your visit will remind you of all the hard work that ...

Ghassan Charbel

Is it time to concede in Libya?

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Though it continues to be overshadowed by the conflicts in other parts of the world, the civil war in Libya is still going strong. And like many such conflicts in marginal countries since WW2, the conflict is sustained in no small part by the power exerted by outside forces.The conflict is a multi-faceted, multi-front affair between a range of actors ranging from tribal militias, sectarian militias, the local ISIS chapter, militias associated with the former Qaddafi armed forces and intelligence ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Germany: Merkel's last Play

Thursday, 21 December 2017

There is a saying that you cannot put a good man down. This has to be changed to you cannot put a good woman down, as Angela Merkel has returned to the international stage with a path to her fourth term opening up and her enemies in retreat. This has not been easy for Merkel, with weeks that began with the collapse of coalition talks, intrigue and finger-pointing but ended with the fighting chancellor telling her European Union partners that Germany is back to business as usual. The Social ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Iran’s missile arsenal in striking range of Europe, parts of Asia

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Iran has a diverse missile arsenal. Indeed, Iranian military sources assert that its range reaches more than 3000 km. Thus the European continent and parts of Asia are in the range of Iranian missiles, which confirms that the Iranian threat in this area is not confined to the Middle East countries only. This threat comes from a country where 18 million people live below the poverty line, Iranian officials stated. “Tabnak,” a Persian-speaking website underlined that the Iranian ...

Despite Trump move, Europe leaders say Jerusalem stance ‘unchanged’

Friday, 15 December 2017

European Union leaders on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they stuck by their view that the city’s status should be settled by negotiation.Trump’s administration invited widespread criticism earlier this month when it officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city.ALSO READ: On the radical road to Palestine “EU leaders reiterate firm ...

European parliament votes in favor of Turkish doner kabab

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Europe’s parliament voted with a very slight difference against banning phosphates used to make doner kababs.The bill trying to ban the phosphates needed at least 376 to pass, however it was turned down by a difference of only three votes. The votes came in at 373 against the ban, 272 for and 30 abstentions.The European Union's legislature was moving to ban the phosphates citing health concerns based on studies that linked phosphates to cardiovascular disease.Doner kabab vendors had been ...

10,000 foreign fighters returning to Europe: What can be done to stop them?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

When it comes to terrorism, five digits are scary. In the coming months, 10,000 foreign fighters will come back to Europe. This is what the Italian National Anti-Mafia Directorate told Al Arabiya English.“The data we have are indicating that in the next months at least 10,000 foreign fighters will transit through the Balkans or will establish themselves there. This creates a significant problem that can’t be solved at a regional level, but it requires a global answer,” Giovanni ...

Afghan girls’ robotics team who were denied US entry wins Europe’s top contest

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team, previously denied US entry, won the Entrepreneur Challenge on Wednesday at Europe’s largest robotics festival, the Robotex festival in Estonia. The group of teenagers who come from the western city of Herat, attracted international attention last summer when they were briefly denied visas to the US to take part in a robotics competition. The girls won an award at the top festival in Europe held in Tallinn on November 24 through 26, the Afghan ...

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