Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Articles & Published Letters - 2010-12

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Ukraine’s Path Not Taken - Prague Post, November 27th 2013
Sometimes history can be too ironic. This week, as Ukraine marked the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor, Stalin’s engineered famine in Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovich’s government announced that it would not sign a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the European Union at a summit in Vilnius on November 28. Just like that, Ukraine’s chance to transcend its tortured history appears to have been thrown away.

Getting China to stop playing zero-sum game - New Straits Times, May 27th 2013
CHINA'S recent elevation of its claim to the Diaoyu Islands to a "core interest" has made the prospect of resolving its sovereignty dispute with Japan, which governs the islands, even trickier.

Africa’s Dictator-Diplomat - Project Syndicate, August 22nd 2012
The recent death in Brussels of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi finally brings to light what lay behind his mysterious two-month disappearance from public life. Ethiopia’s government had strenuously denied rumors of serious ill health caused by liver cancer. Now that the worst has, indeed, proven true, Ethiopia and all of East Africa will need to learn to live without the stabilizing influence of its great dictator-diplomat.

Putin’s Choice - Project Syndicate, May 1st 2012
Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin as Russia’s president was always a foregone conclusion. But, when he is sworn in on May 7, he will retake formal charge of a country whose politics – even Putin’s own political future – has turned unpredictable.

The need for new thinking in the Conservative Party on Germany - Conservative Home, September 23rd 2011
The sovereign debt problems of Greece, Ireland and Portugal with Germany being primus inter pares in the club - are collectively portrayed in the United Kingdom as a crisis for the euro, with Germany at its centre, but is there any greater understanding in British Conservative circles as to the true nature and political motivation influencing Germany as a global power?

The European Parliament comes of age - European Journal, March 2011
It’s time the British public and the media took MEPs and the European Parliament more seriously. I should qualify that remark by saying that I am well aware of the tendency of politicians of all shapes and sizes to assume an exaggerated sense of their own importance.

Independence Or War - The Namibian, January 7th 2011
In the 1990s, the world averted its eyes to genocide in Rwanda, and to the “Great Lakes War” in eastern Congo, which claimed upward of five million lives – the most in any war since World War II. Will such silence and neglect prevail again if civil war is renewed in Sudan?

Land for peace in Kosovo - Daily Star (Lebanon), December 13th 2010
Chasing impossible dreams has driven Serbia and Kosovo into a corner. A return to armed conflict may be impossible ― at least for now ― given NATO’s military presence in Kosovo (though it will be halved in the next few months to only 5,000 troops).

Sudan: a political solution to religious persecution? - New Europe, November 15th 2010
The battle for religious freedom often goes hand in hand with the struggle for political independence, especially when religion and the state are indivisible. This is the case in Sudan, where for much of the past half-century the Arab Muslim north has waged a merciless civil war against Nilotic southerners, who are African and mainly Christian or animist.

Dark side of defending freedom: making strategic but morally noxious decisions - Daily Star (Lebanon), October 23rd 2010
The price of freedom, it is said, is eternal vigilance. But that price can take the form of morally squalid decisions in which innocent people bear the brunt of the cost of freedom’s defence.

Pakistan: a state perilously close to the edge - New Europe, October 17th 2010
The floods that devastated swathes of Pakistan two months ago were an unexpected calamity the country could ill afford. Already beset by a weak central government, hamstrung by a feeble economy and with terrorists operating largely unfettered on its soil, Pakistan now has the overwhelming task of helping the estimated 20 million people who lost their homes and livelihoods in the flooding.

Turkey can take a step forward by confronting its past - The Times, March 10th 2010
Norman Stone’s selective view of the Armenian genocide conveniently ignores the part played by religion. What he and other apologists for Turkey consistently ignore is that Pontic Greeks and Assyrians were killed in large numbers at the same time. These communities were never nationalist groupings taking part in an uprising against Ottoman Turkey and were not, therefore, killed in the fog of war.

The plight of Christians in Egypt - Conservative Home, February 23rd 2010
Throughout my career as a parliamentarian I have sought to highlight the treatment of Christians and other religious communities in countries around the world where they find themselves in a minority – especially in Arab and Muslim countries, and in the communist world.

Reflections from Auschwitz-Birkenau - Conservative Home, January 28th 2010
I'm just back from my first trip to the concentration/extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which I visited to commemorate the 65th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies.