Turkey losing interest in EU – Now following ‘pro-Arab Islamist’ foreign policy

From World Net Daily After years of being refused entry into the European Union, Turkey is losing interest and is looking eastward where it has many friends. And it is seeking to reassert the influence it once held in traditionally Turkic countries, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. Formally, Ankara remains committed to joining the EU, but the idea of joining has lost much of its appeal after years of rejection and Continue Reading

Setback for Tony Blair’s ambition to be president of Europe

From Guardian UK Tony Blair's ambition to become Europe's first president have been set back by stiffening opposition from Sweden and Spain, the two countries chairing the EU for the next year. Senior officials in Stockholm, which assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU today, said they feared a President Blair would be a divisive figure, triggering friction between small and large European countries, and added that José Luis Continue Reading

Solana backs Felipe González for EU president job

From Euractiv EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana yesterday endorsed former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González as first permanent president of the European Council, should the Lisbon Treaty enter into force. Speaking at a public event organised by the Belgian section of the Association of European Journalists in Brussels, Solana was positive about the possible nomination of González for the job. Answering a question, he said: Continue Reading

Geert Wilders: EU is not Israel’s friend

From JPost Basking in the glow of his spectacular election showing in last week's European Union (EU) vote, Geert Wilders, the head of the Dutch Freedom Party, told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Friday that the EU is "one-sided and always against Israel," adding that "nothing will happen" if Israel "depends on the Europeans" to stop Iran's genocidal threats against the Jewish state. The Freedom Party campaigned on a platform Continue Reading

Internet control to shift from US to “Internet G12”?

From EU Observer The European Commission wants the US to dissolve all government links with the body that 'governs' the internet, replacing it with an international forum for discussing internet governance and online security. The rules and decisions on key internet governance issues, such as the creation of top level domains (such as .com and .eu) and managing the internet address system that ensures computers can connect to each other, are Continue Reading

Spain to push for greater economic powers to be placed in the hands of the EU

From EU Observer Madrid intends to push for greater economic powers to be placed in the hands of the European Union during its time at the helm of the bloc's six-month rotating presidency next year. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Tuesday that the crisis had offered up firm evidence that economic governance was needed at the EU level, long a position of the French government as well. "I agreed with President Continue Reading

Majority of Israelis would like to join EU, see NATO in West Bank

From JPost Almost two-thirds of Israeli Jews support sending NATO troops to the West Bank in a peacekeeping capacity, according to a poll conducted by Jerusalem-based KEEVOON Research. Israeli Jews supported the presence of NATO peacekeepers in Palestinian areas by 62 percent to 34%, the study found. But that support was not shared among Israeli Arabs, who opposed the idea by 44% to 24% - though a third said they did not know or refused to Continue Reading

President Blair? – Former PM set to become EU chief

From Daily Mail UK Tony Blair is poised to become the first President of Europe after it was confirmed that French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is determined to help him win the post. A senior aide to President Sarkozy told a private gathering of senior British and French politicians that he is to tell fellow EU leaders that Mr Blair is the only man who can help Europe stand up to the rest of the world. The remark by Alain Minc, a key member of Continue Reading

Five EU members figure among the world’s top 10 least religious countries

From EU Observer Five EU members figure among the world's top 10 least religious countries, with Estonia leading the list, a new poll has shown. Just 14 percent of Estonians answered positively to the question: "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" according to a poll released by Gallup earlier this week. Estonia is followed by Nordic countries Sweden and Denmark, where 17 and 18 percent of those asked answered positively to Continue Reading

Blair reappears on shortlist to head EU

From WWW. FT. Com Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, is re-emerging as a possible choice to be the European Union’s first full-time president after four momentous crises reinforced the argument for having a high-profile international personality in the job. According to EU officials and diplomats, the impressive performance of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, during his six-month spell in charge of the EU last year has strengthened Continue Reading