Global Europe

Europe's East 23-09-2021

Ukrainian lawmakers pass law on oligarchs after assassination attempt

Ukraine's parliament passed a law to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform.
Central Europe 23-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — Vucic, Orban and the Putinisation of Europe

The latest news is that Central European leaders signed a joint declaration today saying immigration should not be the answer to the EU’s demographic challenges and calling on the bloc to keep family policy under national jurisdiction. In other words, they want to have it their way.
23-09-2021

GAFA targeted by both the US and EU ahead of tech and trade meeting

The United States and European Union plan to take a more unified approach to limit the growing market power of Big Tech companies, according to a leaked draft memo. The move will be among announcements on tech, climate, trade and...

Women in peace and security: ‘What can we do better?’

It has been nearly 21 years since the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. However, key female changemakers from the EU, UN, and NATO say there are still years of work to be done before achieving equal representation.
23-09-2021

US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki for six hours

The top US military officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, in the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019 as both nations adjust to the US pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
EU-China 23-09-2021

European business group calls for China to end self-reliance strategy

China should abandon a top-level strategy promoted by President Xi Jinping to increase self-reliance, or risk harming innovation and growth prospects, said a European business group on Thursday (23 September).
Energy 23-09-2021

US lures Eastern Europe with nuclear power, $23tln clean energy market

The climate crisis presents "a market opportunity for carbon-reducing technologies" such as nuclear power, said US energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, teasing a $23 trillion market to countries in Central and Eastern Europe by 2030.
23-09-2021

US urges Ireland to take global tax deal

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister of Ireland, to take a "once in a generation opportunity" for a global deal that would stop a race to the bottom on corporate tax rates, the Treasury said.
China 23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
Health 23-09-2021

Biden says US donating ‘historic’ extra 500 million Covid vaccines

US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders Wednesday (22 September) with a promise to donate a "historic" extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic.
23-09-2021

Australia submarines: How the ‘contract of the century’ fell apart

Australia's scrapping of a massive multi-billion-euro contract for the purchase of French submarines has led to a diplomatic crisis between France and its erstwhile allies in Canberra and Washington. Here is a timeline of the spat:
Enlargement 23-09-2021

The EU’s quest for strategic autonomy in the Western Balkans: Why it flopped

One could cut a long story short and simply note that the EU failed in its dealings with the Western Balkans because it did not put its money where its mouth is. However, this assertion contradicts the accepted narrative in Brussels and most EU capitals, and requires proof, writes Dušan Reljić.
Eastern Europe 23-09-2021

Digital connectivity can fix the EU’s faltering Eastern Partnership

Relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours a going backwards. But a combination of renegotiated trade agreements and digital connectivity could reverse the tide, writes Dan Dalton.
Digital & Media 23-09-2021

LEAK: Trade and Technology Council draft statement reveals top priorities for transatlantic talks

The main areas where the EU and US will seek convergence are foreign investments, export control, AI and semiconductors, according to a joint statement leaked to EURACTIV.
22-09-2021

Denmark sides with Biden in submarine row

Denmark, one of Washington's closest allies in Europe, disagrees with French and EU criticism of the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday (22 September).
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22-09-2021

To stop deforestation the EU needs to embrace small farmers, says a group of NGOs.

Leading NGOs, including the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Solidaridad, Fern, IUCN NL, Tropenbos International, and the Rainforest Alliance urge the European Commission to create effective and equitable partnerships with small farmers to fight deforestation
22-09-2021

France builds EU support in sub row, but some warn against US rift

European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday (21 September) after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.
22-09-2021

Iran new president backs nuclear talks but berates US

Iran's new ultraconservative president voiced support Tuesday (21 September) in his international debut for reviving a nuclear accord even as he berated the United States, hailing what he described as its failures.
22-09-2021

Trudeau begins third term weakened at helm of Canada minority government

Justin Trudeau's snap election gamble has landed the Canadian leader back at square one: reelected without a majority, the liberal prime minister will once more need backing from opposition rivals to govern.
22-09-2021

EU’s Breton: AUKUS sub snub fuels ‘growing feeling of broken relationship’

As EU diplomats discuss whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming EU-US summit meant to focus on technology and trade over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist this is not about a lost bilateral arms contract, but about a 'broken' relationship between allies.
EU-China 22-09-2021

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones with censorship software

Lithuania's Defense Ministry recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.
22-09-2021

Biden nominee for key China export post expects Huawei to remain blacklisted

US President Joe Biden's nominee to a post overseeing export policy on China said he sees Chinese telecoms firm Huawei as a national security threat and expects to keep the company on a trade blacklist unless "things change."

Factbox: An intensifying arms race in Asia

Analysts warn that Asia may be sliding into an accelerating arms race as countries react to China's military growth. Here is a list of defence systems several Asian countries are looking to acquire.
Energy 21-09-2021

The weaponisation of Nord Stream 2 has already started

Global market trends surely play a role in explaining the current gas price rally, but the shell game played by the Kremlin is here for everyone to see unless we choose to look the other way, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.