24 October 2016   2 comments

France has begun the process of removing refugees who have cluster in Calais near the entrance to the Chunnel to Great Britain.  These refugees are living in squalor (the refugee camp is pejoratively called “The Jungle”), hoping to somehow get to Great Britain to receive the higher welfare benefits offered by the UK.  The refugees will be moved to processing centers all over France, but there are serious concerns about children who are traveling alone.  The antipathy toward the refugees is fueling strong support for the National Front Party, a strongly nationalist political party.

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Turkish President Erdogan has made territorial claims on the city of Mosul, noting that Mosul was once controlled by the Ottoman Empire and that Turkey is the heir to that empire.   He also noted that Turkey has a “historic responsibility” to the Sunni Muslims and Turkmen who live in Mosul.  It seems clear that Turkey has every intention to fight in the battle for Mosul even though not one of the other participants believes that Turkish participation would be helpful.

The 1920 Map Referenced by Prime Minister Erdogan Justifying Turkish Claims on Mosul

Belgium has indicated that recent provincial votes indicate that Belgium cannot approve the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada.  The vote are not officially the death-knell of the agreement, but it suggests that the chances of it being approved by the European Union are remote.  The EU Treaty requires that all trade treaties with non-EU states be approved unanimously.  Nonetheless, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is still scheduled to arrive in Brussels to sign the Treaty.  It could be a very awkward scene on Thursday.


Posted October 24, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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  1. There were surely some historical indications, but I’m not sure what agreements Turkey current has or could have with other nations. With my understanding, Turkey doesn’t currently have a deal with anyone on this matter, and maybe it doesn’t really have to. What truly matters now is that dialogues between Turkey and other nations could become very awkward, especially considering the fact that a replay of the historically controversial moment might take place again.


  2. There actually are a number of contending claims in the region, all the consequence of the ill-considered boundaries drawn by the British and French after World War I. In any event, it appears as if all the contending powers in the region are rapidly rewriting all previous agreements. I don’t think I have ever seen such a fluid situation in terms of alliances in any previous conflict.


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