Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Although reunification talks collapsed last week, observers say there are positives to take away from the negotiations. For one thing, Turkey showed more flexibility on the issue of its future military role on the island (there are reports they actually offered to give up any right to intervene to protect Turkish Cypriots, though… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! EUROPE CYPRUS Reunification talks do not seem to be progressing toward a deal and in fact may be sliding backwards: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 6 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

EUROPE EUROPE Jean-Claude Juncker is the President of the European Commission and a man who also happens to be correct at least in this particular instance: EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker called European lawmakers “ridiculous” on Tuesday for failing to turn up to an address by Malta’s prime minister, saying they should show more respect… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 4-5 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 3 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS The most positive thing you can say about the Cyprus reunification talks currently ongoing in Switzerland is that they’re currently ongoing. I don’t mean that in a negative way–these talks are entering week two without anybody walking away in a huff, and that’s no mean feat. Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have now… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 3 2017

Europe/Americas update: July 1-2 2017

  EUROPE CYPRUS There was positive news from the Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland on Saturday: A “clear understanding” has been reached at talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and their backers on what is needed to reach a comprehensive agreement to reunite the island, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday. Guterres,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 1-2 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

I know it’s a little early this evening, but I’m beat and so I’m deciding to call it a night barring some major thing happening. EUROPE CYPRUS There has apparently been progress in Cyprus reunification talks, but not enough to say if or when there might be a deal: Progress has been slow in high-level… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017

TRAVEL BAN The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstitute Donald Trump’s travel ban isn’t going over well in the Middle East, and you can understand why. As it turns out, though the decision did leave exceptions for travelers with “bona fide” connections to the United States, the court, in its inimitable way, decided not to explain… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 28-29 2017