Debate: Refugees: Can Europe find a joint strategy?

The conflict over the rescuing of refugees in the Mediterranean, the still unresolved matter of their distribution, the civil war in Libya: Europe is facing a number of unsolved problems in the refugee crisis. Commentators discuss different approaches. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/222949/refugees-can-europe-find-a-joint-strategy?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-10

Debate: Croatia wants to introduce the euro

On its path to Eurozone membership Croatia has taken the important step of filing a formal application to join the EU’s Exchange Rate Mechanism, or ERM II. Both Croatia and the EU will benefit from the country’s conversion to the euro, some commentators believe. Others fear a long wait. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/223127/croatia-wants-to-introduce-the-euro?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-10

Debate: Scandal over British ambassador to the US

Last weekend, British newspaper The Mail on Sunday quoted excerpts from confidential memos of Kim Darroch, the British Ambassador to the US, in which he called the Trump Administration “inept”. This has triggered a debate in Great Britain about whether or not he should now resign. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/223026/scandal-over-british-ambassador-to-the-us?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-09

Debate: Is cryptocurrency Libra a good idea?

The US company Facebook has announced the launch in 2020 of its own cryptocurrency as a payment method. Libra, like Bitcoin, is based on blockchain technology, but the company claims it won’t be subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Commentators discuss the repercussions for the financial world. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/221875/is-cryptocurrency-libra-a-good-idea?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-09

Debate: Drastischer Stellenabbau bei der Deutschen Bank

Ein umfassender Konzernumbau soll die Deutsche Bank aus der Krise führen. Bis 2022 sollen 18.000 Stellen gestrichen werden, das Geldhaus steigt außerdem aus dem Aktiengeschäft aus. Vorstandschef Christian Sewing sprach von einem “Neustart” und sagte, die Bank kehre zu ihren Wurzeln zurück. Einige Kommentatoren loben das, andere sehen kaum noch Chancen für eine Rettung. source […]

Debate: Scandal about British Ambassador to the US

This weekend, a British newspaper quoted excerpts from confidential memos of the British Ambassador to the US in which Kim Darroch called the Trump Administration ‘inept’. This has triggered a debate in Great Britain whether or not he should resign. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/223026/scandal-about-british-ambassador-to-the-us?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-09

Debate: E-Roller: Innovation oder Zumutung?

In Deutschland sind sie erst seit Mitte Juni zugelassen, in vielen anderen europäischen Ländern gehören sie schon länger zum Straßenbild: Tretroller mit Elektromotor. Nicht nur bei Touristen erfreuen sie sich großer Beliebtheit. Doch Berichte über zum Teil schwere Unfälle nähren Befürchtungen, dass der Straßenverkehr mit den flotten Flitzern unübersichtlicher und gefährlicher werden könnte. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/223025/e-roller-innovation-oder-zumutung?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-09

Debate: Turkey: study criticises foreign media

A new study by the government-affiliated Turkish think tank Seta accuses international media of reporting that is ‘hostile to the government’. It focuses particularly on the Turkish-language websites of Deutsche Welle, the BBC, Sputnik and Voice of America. The report includes biographies and tweets of journalists. Is the criticism justified? source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/222950/turkey-study-criticises-foreign-media?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-08

Debate: Fifa Women’s World Cup: finally in the limelight?

The 2019 Women’s World Cup ended on Sunday with a 2:0 victory by the US over the Netherlands. French stadiums were full and the tournament also attracted more interest from other countries than ever before. Commentators stress that there is still room for improvement. source https://www.eurotopics.net/en/221296/fifa-women-s-world-cup-finally-in-the-limelight?pk_campaign=rss-en&pk_kwd=2019-07-08

Debate: Greek vote: can Nea Dimokratia put things right?

Greece looks set for a change of government in Sunday’s snap election. While polls put the approval rate of Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s conservative Nea Dimokratia at 38 percent, Tsipras’s Syriza has slipped to just 24 percent. Although Nea Dimokratia is widely blamed for the Greek crisis, voters and commentators are pinning their hopes on the party […]

Debate: Life sentence for Holland’s super criminal

The Netherlands’ most notorious criminal, Wille Holleeder, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in five gangland killings and one manslaughter. Testimony given by his two sisters, an ex-girlfriend and two former accomplices played a key role in his conviction. Dutch commentators voice relief that this dangerous criminal is now behind bars. source […]

Debate: Life for Holland’s super criminal

The Netherlands’ most notorious criminal, Wille Holleeder, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in five gangland killings and one manslaughter. Testimony given by his two sisters, an ex-girlfriend and two former accomplices played a key role in his conviction. Dutch commentators voice relief that this dangerous criminal is now behind bars. source […]