These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Accession: Not today, maybe tomorrow
Tensions between Turkey and the European Union are on the rise. The escalation comes amid rising fears that the deal between Turkey and the European Union to contain the flow of refugees travelling to Europe could unravel. Some reports suggest the Turkish government has a secret plan to allow thousands of refugees to sail to Greece on a daily basis. Back in March, Turkey and the European Union clinched a deal to stem the flow of refugees traveling to Europe. Based on the deal, Turkey would cut the flow in exchange for incentives including billions of euros in aid for refugees as well as fast-tracked EU membership talks.
US war on terror: A new franchise
New indications show the outgoing US President Barack Obama plans to give his successor expanded powers to use more lethal options to push ahead with the so-called war on terror. Reports by US media say Donald Trump will specifically have a stronger legal support to carry out the controversial drone strikes in Africa. And a primary target will be the al-Shabab group in Somalia which the US administration is trying to portray to be linked to al-Qaeda terror network. But experts are already speculating that the real objective of this is to open the way for wider US drone operations to include other countries such as Nigeria.
The right-wing hardliner Fillion
It was a crucial week in the French politics: Primary votes were held to choose the contenders in the country’s crucial presidential election next year. The biggest loser in the center-right camp was former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is said to have quit politics: After the grueling election Francois Fillion emerged victorious. But who’s this enigmatic person and what is to be expected if he’s elected as the president of the republic?