27th Mar 2023


Turkey signs Nato protocol despite Sweden extradition row

Turkey's ambassador joined all 30 Nato allies in signing accession protocols for Finland and Sweden in Brussels on Tuesday, despite a simmering row over Swedish extradition of Kurdish "terrorist" suspects to Turkey. The Nordic countries still need ratification by all 30 national parliaments to become full members. But Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has demanded Sweden must first extradite 73 Kurds, causing a political backlash in Stockholm.

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Biden's 'democracy summit' poses questions for EU identity

From the perspective of international relations, the EU is a rare bird indeed. Theoretically speaking it cannot even exist. The charter of the United Nations, which underlies the current system of global governance, distinguishes between states and organisations of states.


EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

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