Vladimir Putin rides out of Syria as a victor – The Washington Post

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According to leading US newspaper the Washington Post, Moscow rescued the Assad regime and reestablished itself on the world stage.

Source: Vladimir Putin rides out of Syria as a victor – The Washington Post

The article is broadly complementary of Putin’s achievement but the Obama regime seems once again to be caught on the wrong foot.

One wonders if Obama can make any more disasters in America’s foreign policy in his final months?

Cyprus may torpedo EU-Turkey refugee deal | Europe | DW.COM | 15.03.2016

English: Map of the districts of Cyprus, named...

English: Map of the districts of Cyprus, named in English, with English annotations, and showing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas, and United Nations buffer zone. The individual maps see below. Deutsch: Karte der Distrikte Zyperns: Griechische Verwaltungszonen, Türkische Republik Nordzypern, UK-Militärbasen, UN-Pufferzone (englische Beschriftung). Zu den Einzelkarten siehe unten “Individual maps”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to DW, a top German news agency, shortly before another fateful EU summit on refugees, small, crisis-stricken Cyprus is being obstructive, making an agreement with Turkey all the more difficult to reach. An analysis is provided by DW’s Bernd Riegert.

Source: Cyprus may torpedo EU-Turkey refugee deal | Europe | DW.COM | 15.03.2016

As a resident in Cyprus, I take strong exception to the bias in this article. It assumes that anything proposed by Germany is best, so ‘be good children and play the game’.

Cyprus has suffered because Germany took a dislike to Russian investors in Cyprus. The terms of the Cyprus bailout were disgraceful. Unlike Greece, Cyprus has to date played the game and repaid her debts.

The Cyprus issues with Turkey are based upon international law and predate the current refugee crisis.

As a final word, Germany’s voters have recently shown Angela Merkel what they think of her policies on Syrian refugees.

Cyprus must play hardball and resist pressure from Angela Merkel.

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