The choice of Baku as host of the Europa League final provided Arsenal with further grounds for discontent Tuesday when one of the team's most talented players pulled out of the game for political reasons. After holding lengthy talks with Arsenal, Henrikh Mkhitaryan said he would not be traveling to Azerbaijan for next week's final because of concerns about the tension that currently exists between the country and his native Armenia. "It's the kind of game that doesn't come along very often for us players," Mkhitaryan said on his social media channels, "and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it." UEFA, European soccer's governing body which organizes the Europa League, reacted by saying it had received assurances about Mkhitaryan's safety in Azerbaijan "from the highest authorities in the country" and that a "comprehensive security plan" had been given to Arsenal. And the Azerbaijan government had previously said it would allow Mkhitaryan to play in the May 29 final against … [Read more...] about Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final for political reasons
Modern Turkey is the cultural heir of two very prominent empires: The Ottomans and Seljuks. A nation such as Turkey, with thousands of years of history behind it, should have a visionary and fundamentally coherent state system for its long-term domestic and foreign policies for its interest and survival. However, when viewing Turkey's domestic and foreign policies before 2002, it would seem the opposite occurred. Usually, whenever Turkey starts to renew itself both economically and politically, the nation would find itself in a chaotic atmosphere due to internal and external economic, political and social factors. Turkey has faced dilemmas in its foreign policy due to incidents inside and outside of Turkey, such as military coups, social and political unrest, economic crises, World War I and World War II, the Cold War, the slump of the Soviet Union and the Iraq-Iran War. Domestically, ever since the establishment of the Turkish Republic, Ankara has hosted different governments, … [Read more...] about The transformation of Turkish politics since the AK Party
Zelensky on April 18 introduced his entire team whom he will work in future if elected president. Oleksandr Danylyuk / REUTERS The team of presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has outlined key priorities in international politics and reforms. They were listed by ex-Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk during the Pravo na Vladu (Right to Power) talk show on Thursday evening, according to the TV news service TSN. In the Zelensky team, Danylyuk is an expert in international relations and reforms. The priorities are the following: Ukraine's course in the international arena was determined by Ukrainians five years ago — this is a course towards a united Europe. A strong Ukraine will become an integral part of the European project; Building trust-based relationships, negotiators will be honest people representing the country of change, rather than corrupt officials who represent their own corruption-inspired interests and use the war as an excuse; Facilitating the Normandy … [Read more...] about Zelensky’s team outlines key international policy priorities
You had to see the celebration of democracy at the polling stations in Turkey on election day. Whether it is the local elections as it was yesterday or the presidential elections in June 2018, Turks turn the event into a pilgrimage. They put on their fanciest dresses and best suits and in an orderly fashion they cast their votes. Those people, who rush to their cars and even into the toll booths (sometimes two cars squeeze into one gate!), offer their places to their neighbors waiting in line.Unfortunately, we don't have "I Voted" stickers. Somebody must implement the idea.We voted yesterday and today we have a stronger government. The Erdoğan administration (I guess we can call it that rather than just "the government") is now more powerful than ever since we switched to the presidential system.Yes, his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), keeping the overall share of votes, won less seats in the municipalities yesterday; but it is the central government that allocates funds … [Read more...] about What’s ahead for Turkish politics?
I want to add the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, to my list of international political leaders who are, in my opinion, complicit in the massacres at two Christchurch mosques because of their words, silences, actions and inaction with regard to promoting white supremacy in order to further their own political careers. The others I mention are Donald Trump, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. There are many others internationally playing this race-baiting game: Nigel Farage, Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini, Marine Le Pen, to mention a few. In Morrison’s case, he has demonised, imprisoned and abused the human rights of thousands of asylum seekers, most of whom are Muslim, both as a minister of the Australian government and as prime minister. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now His “condolences” in relation to the massacres in two … [Read more...] about Letters: A lack of international leadership contributed to the New Zealand terror attacks