Published 17 May 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The EU is scrambling to find ways to safeguard huge business deals with Iran, amid the threat of US penalties. Washington is re-imposing strict sanctions on Iran, which were lifted under the 2015 international deal to control the country's nuclear ambitions. On 8 May President Donald Trump denounced the deal, saying he would withdraw the US from it. Since the deal took effect in 2016 major European firms have rushed to do billions of dollars' worth of business with Iran, and now thousands of jobs are at stake. Many of those firms fear their business ties with the US could be at risk if they continue to do deals with Iran past a November deadline. Some firms say they are now preparing to wind down their business in Iran. There is an existing EU "blocking statute", from 1996 , aimed at countering US sanctions linked to … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear deal: The EU’s billion-dollar deals at risk
By Jonathan Marcus Published 1 May 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Iran nuclear deal So what has changed, if anything, in the wake of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's theatrical presentation of Israel's claimed seizure of a trove of documents from Iran's secret nuclear archive? The purpose and timing of Mr Netanyahu's presentation was clear: to discredit the Iran nuclear deal, and to influence one man - Donald Trump. The US president must decide by mid-May whether to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or to stick with it, at least for the time being. So what did Mr Netanyahu actually tell us? It was in large part a reminder that Iran, despite all its denials, did have elements of a nuclear weapons programme and that it retains the scientific know-how to … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear: What’s changed after Netanyahu’s presentation?
S ELDOM IN THE field of human conflict did so much hang on the whims of one man. Is Vladimir Putin about to invade Ukraine, as the massing Russian troops on its borders suggest? Or is he bluffing, to extort concessions from his neighbour and the West? No one can be sure of Mr Putin’s intentions. Even his own foreign minister seems to be kept guessing. But, if fighting is about to break out, the world needs to understand the stakes. Perhaps Mr Putin is planning a full-scale invasion, with Russian forces thrusting deep into Ukraine to seize the capital, Kyiv, and overthrow the government. Or he may seek to annex more territory in eastern Ukraine, carving out a corridor linking Russia with Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Mr Putin grabbed in 2014. Then again, he may want a small war, in which Russia “saves” Kremlin-backed separatists in Donbas, an eastern region of Ukraine, from supposed Ukrainian atrocities—and, at the same time, degrades Ukraine’s armed forces. Because Mr … [Read more...] about A war in Ukraine could have global consequences
Good evening. Here is the Thursday, January 27 edition of Today in Slovakia - the main news of the day in less than five minutes. NATO considers deploying troops in Slovakia Ivan Korčok (Source: TASR) Tensions between Ukraine and Russia worry Slovak politicians and security representatives. Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement Skryť Remove ad Article continues after video advertisement The security situation in our region is worsening, President Zuzana Čaputová said, referring to the build up of Russian troops at the Ukraine-Russia border, and talks between NATO and Russia. “I feel very bad that despite our openness and continuing diplomatic efforts, which I consider the only good way of finding a solution to the current situation, talks in January with Russia did not result in lessening tensions; rather the opposite,” she wrote on Facebook. After a two-day session of the … [Read more...] about News digest: NATO considers troops in Slovakia
Seaside resorts are always curious places during the winter, but Lubmin, on Germany's northern coast, is odder than most. For one thing, it really does feel empty. The streets are dotted with houses, but there is nobody around. For another, there is a decommissioned East German nuclear power plant not far from the harbour. And thirdly, Lubmin is home to just about the most controversial building project in the world. For here, in a turning off the main road, you can find the place where Nord Stream 2 pops up from the earth - a mass of long, wide pipes that emerge from the ground and then get funnelled off in various directions. Advertisement Explainer: How the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been controversial from the start Not heard of it? You will. More on Germany COVID-19: Antisemitism 'on the rise' as anti-vaxxers blamed for helping to fuel hatred Russia-Ukraine tensions: How the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been … [Read more...] about Ukraine tensions: Nord Stream 2 pipeline connecting Russia with Germany is a symbol of how political decisions can become toxic
Robert G. Patman is a Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair and a specialist in International Relations at the University of Otago. OPINION: Vladimir Putin’s demonstrated willingness to use force against Ukraine seems to convince many observers, especially in Moscow, that Russia is back as a great power, but invading a neighbour is unlikely to solve the political problems confronting his authoritarian regime and will probably make them much worse. The latest phase in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has generated the worst crisis in relations between Moscow and the West in the post-Cold War era. The conflict flared in March 2014 after Putin’s Russia annexed Crimea – the first time borders in Europe had been changed by force since 1945 – and then actively supported armed separatists in the east of Ukraine. It is estimated by the UN that more than 14,000 people have been killed in this conflict. The US and the EU responded by applying sanctions to parts of … [Read more...] about What Putin really fears about Ukraine