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Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

Venezuela’s opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in a weekend regional election, potentially rekindling protests and fresh foreign sanctions on the oil-rich country’s moribund economy. Venezuela’s pro-government electoral board said President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus six for the opposition, in …

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Britain seeks ‘special’ EU ties as Brexit talks start

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels on Monday to launch talks he hoped would produce a “new, deep and special partnership” with the EU in the interest of Britons and all Europeans. Beaming as he met the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU executive’s Berlaymont headquarters, …

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Globalization: Made in the USA

By Gary A. Grappo — First published in Fair Observer — Visiting Senior Scholar at Center for Global & Area Studies, University of Wyoming Globalization has become bad word of late. It has been the punch line for the “Leave” supporters of Brexit, a campaign platform—if indeed he has such …

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NATO versus the EU?

by Graham E. Fuller* — The NATO summit is over. Most Americans unfailingly believe NATO generously serves EU interests. Yet many Europeans don’t see it that way. They fear that NATO actually undermines a balanced Europe. Is it NATO with the EU? Or NATO versus the EU? The two organizations …

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Expect More Violence in the Post-Brexit UK

By Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz* — Well, that really was a close one. On June 23, over 51 percent of voting citizens shockingly opted for the U.K. to leave the EU. They effectively voted against the status quo, the “entire political class” and globalization. But what’s next for the country, …

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Brexit- Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller — What an irony that Great Britain should be the one country in the world to deliver what could be the coup de grâce to the modern European order and to a meaningful Atlantic relationship. It is incredible that the population of …

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Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

By Bill Schneider for Reuters — Thanks to Donald Trump, Americans now know what a populist foreign policy looks like: “Not isolationist, but America First.” That’s how the Republican presidential front-runner defined his views to an interviewer last week. “I like the expression,” Trump said, implying that he had never …

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EU’s Mogherini in tears over Brussels attacks

AMMAN (AFP) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini broke down in tears Tuesday after talking about the deadly attacks in Brussels, cutting short a news conference in Jordan. The bombings marked “a very sad day for Europe as Europe and its capital is suffering the same pain that this …

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Divided EU Leaders To Offer Cash For Syria Refugees

The Levant News – – European Union leaders could promise billions of euros in new funding for Syrian refugees at an emergency summit on Wednesday where they will also try to patch up bitter divisions over the migration crisis. Meeting for dinner a day after interior ministers overrode furious objections from …

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Senior EU Official: … I Think The EU Will Fall Apart

The Levant – – European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs EU summits, on Friday called on the 28-country bloc’s leaders to stop shifting the responsibility onto others and to build a credible migration policy. Bitterly divided European leaders will seek to find a credible response to the worst migration …

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Route to Hungary is closed, Migrants left distressed

The Levant News — The war devastated migrants were left stranded by Hungary as they closed their main root. Now the migrants are making a new way via cornfields into European Union by crossing Serbia’s western border. Croatia said it was urgently sending demining experts to the border area to …

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Refugees and Responsibilities

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller  — The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant tragedies tend to be statistics rather …

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The Turkish Enigma

THE LEVANT NEWS — By George Friedman for Stratfor — In my “Net Assessment of the World,” I argued that four major segments of the European and Asian landmass were in crisis: Europe, Russia, the Middle East (from the Levant to Iran) and China. Each crisis was different; each was …

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Zarif after deal: ‘The world has changed’

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — VIENNA: On the famous balcony in Palais Coburg, Al-Monitor spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a few hours after he, along with EU special representative Federica Mogherini, had announced the historic deal concluding a 13-year standoff over Iran’s …

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Reversals in Vienna throw deal into doubt

by Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor — Beirut Center for Middle East Studies– As journalists were preparing July 9 for the possible good news that a nuclear deal had been reached, three foreign ministers turned the situation upside down. “The last 100 meters of the marathon are the hardest,” said French …

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EU Hunts Formula to Keep Greece in Euro After Tsipras Win

By Rebecca Christie and Radoslav Tomek for Bloomberg – European finance ministers started work on reviving Greece’s troubled rescue program as new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took office promising to end austerity. Finance chiefs from the 19-nation euro area signaled their willingness to do a deal with Tsipras — so long …

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The Bulgarian Winter- or do we witness a deja-vu?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Victoria Georgieva*  -According to Wikipedia “Suicide” comes from the Latin Suicidium, from sui caedere : “to kill oneself and it is “the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. Have you ever wondered about what are the reasons that could bring someone into the edge of …

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EU keeps its sanctions against Russia

THE LEVANT – After the recent meeting of the members of European Council and discussion of the sanctions issues, European Union has taken decision to leave the restrictive economic and political sanctions imposed against Russia without any changes. “Members of European Council and Ambassadors of EU have discussed an impact of …

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Putin orders agricultural import bans from US, EU

THE LEVANT – Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at US and Western powers on Wednesday by ordering agricultural import bans on countries that have levied economic sanctions against Russia for its alleged role in the separatist fighting in Ukraine’s east. The decree signed by Putin bans and restricts agricultural …

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Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

 Laura Chiatroni Madrigali, the leader of Italy’s ‘Forza Popolare’ party, called for an immediate halt in financial and arms supports for the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ISIS or Daesh), warning that the group is a vital threat to the whole world, specially the European states. …

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