Meanwhile in #Europe: “Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2017 at 14:32

Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union speech covered what the EU achieved last year and where the bloc is heading.
Juncker calls for united EU under one leader

The Commission president wants his position to be merged with the presidency of the European Council, and for all EU states to be in the eurozone and Schengen by 2019, post-Brexit.
Without changing treaties, Juncker changes the EU

The long-awaited State of the Union address delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (13 September) has boldly set a plan for EU institutional change, without changing the Treaties.
Russia’s Zapad war games unnerve West

From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, NATO officials say they are watching Russia’s biggest war games since 2013 with “calm and confidence”, but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West.
Prosecutors order council leaders to appear for questioning over the banned independence referendum.

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It is just disgusting: Ultranationalist mob attacked Kurdish politician’s mother’s funeral ceremony…

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2017 at 13:02

Here in this photo, one of the attackers (R) is seen with Turkey’s current Minister of Internal Affairs (L)…

I believe even the ordinary AKP voters would not initiate such an attack. AKP leadership’s current alliance with Turkish ultranationalists is triggering these disgusting actions. I feel like Turkish security system is hijacked by all these dark personas whose evil deeds that took place in 1990s are to re-emerge….
An attack was carried out on the funeral ceremony of arrested HDP Deputy Co-Chair Aysel Tuğluk’s mother Hatun Tuğluk. Tuğluk’s family exhumed Aysel Tuğluk’s body and took it back the djemevi.
The burial of the mother jailed Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy co-chair Aysel Tuğluk was attacked by a group chanting racist slogans in the capital Ankara late on Sept. 13, temporarily preventing the burial from taking place
Their supporters say the government does not want them to be seen in their emaciated state.

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Reading “Night Train to Lisbon”, staying in Switzerland and thinking about a project in Lisbon…

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2017 at 19:02

Just another view from the cabin.

It was in my reading list and I started to read the novel, Night Train to Lisbon. It was a good coincidence that I came to Zurich and now in Austria we are talking about the project that will take place in Lisbon. The main protagonist in the novel is from Switzerland. Although not from Zurich, I can still feel as if I am in where he used to be. Then the protagonist goes to Lisbon and his narrations remind me my previous stays in Lisbon. The novel is melancholic and it makes me melancholic, too. But apart from that it creates locational sensations.

Meanwhile, our meeting continues. It is actually a meeting, not metaphorical, in that beautiful cabin I mentioned in an earlier post. We are hosted by dear Prof. Tanja EISELEN, FHV University’s rector.

The pre-meeting team.



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