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24-09-2020

Global Europe Brief: No summit, no cry?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// SANCTIONS SUMMIT DELAY The EU summit postponement might have come at the...
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24-09-2020

United for a New, Fair and Inclusive Multilateralism

What kind of world do you want to live in? One in which countries fiercely compete against each other? Or one in which countries join forces to solve our shared urgent challenges flowing across borders? On the eve of the UN 75th General Assembly, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and its partners unveiled a proposal for a New, inclusive and Fair Multilateralism. HR/VP Josep Borrell, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond were some of the influential political and academic figures who participated in this conference. Find the Policy Reportthe video of the conference and much more at: www.fepsunitedfor.eu
Digital 24-09-2020

Surveillance on the seas: Europe’s new Migration Pact

Instead of coming up with a meaningful plan, the EU’s new migration pact explicitly doubles down on containment and border security and opens the door to increasingly more draconian tools of surveillance using new technologies, write Petra Molnar and Kena-Jade Pinto, who recently travelled to the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos.
24-09-2020

German foreign, economy ministers in quarantine after coronavirus contacts

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier became the country's second cabinet member to enter quarantine, writing that he would stay at home after coming into contact with the aide of another European Union minister who had tested positive.
Central Asia 24-09-2020

Kazakh leader calls for bioweapons agency to address ‘global dysfunction’

"Reaching a COVID-19 vaccine trade and investment agreement" should be a top priority for global leaders, and could help take "politics out of the vaccine," Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (23 September).
Europe's East 24-09-2020

Borrell: ‘EU not charity or cash machine,’ Ukraine should continue reforms

EU’s support for Ukraine will continue, but it “is also linked to the urgent need to enhance the rule of law and develop the fight against corruption,” the EU’s top diplomat wrote on Wednesday (23 September) amid growing concerns of...
24-09-2020

New bid but little hope to reform UN Security Council

A flurry of world leaders have appealed again to the United Nations to reform the Security Council, reviving a bid launched 15 years ago.
24-09-2020

The EU’s watershed moment

As the aggression and empire building of Erdogan's Turkey becomes clearer, the EU faces a watershed moment, argues Robert Ellis.
24-09-2020

Amnesty urges EU to rethink Libya support over migrant abuse

Amnesty International on Thursday (24 September) urged the EU to reconsider cooperation with Libya over "horrific abuses" of refugees and migrants in the North African country.
Economy & Jobs 23-09-2020

Europe’s military mobility, a game-changer for regional infrastructure projects?

Since the 1990s, European infrastructure has been developed purely for civilian purposes, but in recent years military aspects have gained in importance as they could fill funding gaps for dual-use infrastructure projects. Rail Baltica, a 870-kilometer-long high-speed rail line from...
Climate change 23-09-2020

To build back better, international cooperation on climate change is needed

The havoc caused by COVID-19 is yet another wake-up call that demonstrates nature’s ultimate power over our lives and societies, and the urgent need for us to better respect and protect the environment upon which we depend, Helga Maria Schmid writes.
23-09-2020

EU sanctions explained

As the EU is struggling to find a response to Turkey’s disruptive activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, the upheaval in Belarus and the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, EURACTIV provides a closer look at how the EU’s sanction regime works and what the current challenges are.
Central Asia 23-09-2020

Kazakhstan suspends three airlines for breaking UN Libya embargo

Kazakhstan has barred three air carriers from operating for violating a UN Security Council embargo covering the supply of arms to Libya, the Central Asian country's government said Wednesday (23 September).
TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
Data protection 23-09-2020

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
23-09-2020

Huawei’s supply chain has been ‘attacked’, says chairman

Huawei Technologies will do everything it can to strengthen its supply chain which has been “attacked”, its rotating Chairman Guo Ping said on Wednesday (23 September).
China 23-09-2020

US-China tensions take centre stage at UN, Guterres warns against a new ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation.
23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
23-09-2020

A time bomb at the heart of the US presidential elections

Beware of US elections, which may end up with the world’s most powerful nation bogged down in a constitutional crisis, writes Dick Roche. Dick Roche is a former European Affairs minister of Ireland. On 3 November US voters will elect...
Europe's East 23-09-2020

Make or break for the ‘pro-Belarusian revolution’

In these difficult times for liberal democracy, the EU has to ensure its credibility more decisively than ever, writes Darya Mustafayeva.
22-09-2020

Charles Michel delays summit to 1-2 October after going into quarantine

European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday (24-25 October) until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said.
22-09-2020

The Brief, powered by ESA – Europe’s next Pandora’s Box

Deep divisions have long been threatening to turn the EU’s foreign policy into a toothless tiger. Nevertheless, abolishing the principle of unanimity is not necessarily the solution. With 27 players in one room, of course there are divisions, stemming from...
EU-China 22-09-2020

Ambassador: China accepts EU criticism but not unfounded attacks or meddling

China accepts well-intended criticism coming from the EU, but it does not accept malicious attacks and will not allow anyone to meddle in its internal affairs, the country's ambassador to the EU, Zhang Ming, told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee (AFET).
OpinionStakeholder Opinion
22-09-2020

Another war on the horizon in the Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict?

The deadlock in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process coupled with the concentration of foreign fighters and transfer of arms in Armenia is a distressing signal for an imminent escalation or a new war, writes Vasif Huseynov.
Botswana 22-09-2020

Pandemic has derailed EU-Africa strategy, concedes Borrell

Talks on a new EU-Africa partnership have been derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, conceded on Monday (21 September), as a key summit of the two sides has been postponed until 2021.
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