Europe: Russia launches Zapad war games in Belarus

European countries has concerned a military drill made by Russia and Belarus today. It are called Zapad which involves 12.000 Russian troops in Belarus. Nato expected the numbers is higher.

Poland and Estonia has criticised it.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that Zapad-2017 (Russian for “West”) could be a prelude for an invasion of Ukraine. Kiev has stepped up security on Ukraine’s borders.

Conclusion: Europe is a playground to Putin today.


Europe: Czechs and Hungarians call for EU army amid security worries

The concerns over European borders was discussed on Friday in Warsaw by the leaders of the Czech Republic and Hungary. They say a “joint European army” is needed to bolster security in the EU.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said “we must give priority to security, so let’s start setting up a joint European army”.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said building a joint European army would not be easy, but he called for discussion to start on it.

It was opposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK government.

Conclusion: Moscow has laughed when heard it.

Europe: May and Merkel agrees talks won’t start in 2016

The British Prime Minister Theresa May has started her trip on Europe. On Wednesday, She goes to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over Brexit.

Theresa May has said the UK will not begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year as she held talks with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking in Berlin, May said securing a “sensible and orderly departure” from the EU would take time.

But she insisted the UK would not “walk away” from Europe and wanted to retain the “closest economic links”.

Merkel said the two sides desired to get the “best result for Britain” but urged more clarity on timing.

Conclusion: Two women don’t reach deal either Europe or another issues like clothes and shoes.

Europe: Spanish PM’s anger at David Cameron over Gibraltar

Gilbraltar territory is a matter of row among Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy and his British counterpart David Cameron. Cameron was planned to visit Gilbraltar for the case of Remain campaign. But it was suspended by the death of Labour MP Jo Cox. Earlier today, Rajoy told Spanish National Radio: “The government does not like Mr Cameron travelling to Gibraltar.”

Conclusion: Spaniards hasn’t concerns with UK PM less a unpopular spanish premier like Rajoy.

Europe: Brexit could destroy Western political civilisation – Donald Tusk says

On Monday, head of European Council, Donald Tusk has warned that a UK vote to leave the EU could threaten “Western political civilisation”.

Tusk said a vote to leave the EU would boost anti-European forces.

“As a historian I fear Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also Western political civilisation in its entirety,” he told the German newspaper Bild.

He was rebuked by British MP Douglas Carswell on twitter. He said the Remain campaign was “falling apart”.

He tweeted: “Why hasn’t Western civilisation come to an end already seeing as how most countries are self governing?”

Tusk said everyone in the EU would lose out economically if Britain left.

“Every family knows that a divorce is traumatic for everyone,” he said. “Everyone in the EU, but especially the Brits themselves, would lose out economically.”

In the interview he also said Turkey would not become a member of the European Union “in its current state”.

Conclusion: This is Brexitphobia.

Europe: Tsipras condemns sanctions against Russia

The Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Greece for talks with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras. Speaking on press conference, Tsipras said sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine are not productive.

The rule of Russian sanctions are decided weeks a ahead.

Then,  Putin said there would be “no discussions” about Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that was seized by Kremlin-backed forces in 2014, leading to sanctions from the EU and US.

Tsipras told reporters: “We have repeatedly said that the vicious circle of militarisation, of Cold War rhetoric and of sanctions is not productive. The solution is dialogue.”

Putin said: “As far as Crimea is concerned, we consider this question is closed forever. Russia will not conduct any discussions with anyone on this subject.”

He also said that Russia would be forced to respond to US moves in Europe, warning that Washington’s missile shield bases in Romania and Poland were a direct threat to his country’s security.

“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security.”