Global Europe

25-11-2020

Turkey, Russia discuss involving other countries in Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (25 November) he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
EU-Africa 25-11-2020

African envoys head for Ethiopia where thousands of war dead reported

African Union envoys headed to Ethiopia hours before a government ultimatum was to expire for northern forces to surrender in a three-week war that has shaken the region and killed thousands of Tigrayan fighters according to one report.
25-11-2020

EU ombudsman criticises BlackRock contract

The EU’s ombudsman on Wednesday (25 November) reproached the European Commission for a contract with BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, to study sustainable finance regulations which raised conflict-of-interest questions. Emily O’Reilly, whose role is to be an ethics watchdog...
Agrifood 25-11-2020

Member state criticism, COVID crisis delay ratification of EU-Mercosur deal

The challenging procedure of ratifying the EU-Mercosur deal is being held up due to a combination of the COVID-19 health crisis and considerable criticism from member states. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro takes a look at the current state of play.

Far-right terrorism bigger threat to West than Islamic State – study

Global deaths from terrorism have fallen for a fifth consecutive year, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, but far-right attacks have increased by 250% globally, to a level not seen in the last 50 years, with the pandemic likely to exacerbate the trend.
25-11-2020

Source: Erdogan will back down at first sign of EU unity

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will step back from his aggressive stance toward Europe “in the first sign of EU unity”, a source in Brussels has told EURACTIV.com.

Spain’s PM sides with Germany over importance of US security role

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez backed Germany's view that Europe would not be able to provide for its own security without US and NATO help, distancing him from a call by France for an independent European defence strategy.
Brexit 25-11-2020

Biden says UK border with Ireland must remain open

US President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday (24 November) he did not want to see a guarded border between Ireland and the United Kingdom, adding that he had previously discussed the matter with the British and Irish prime ministers and other European leaders.
25-11-2020

Saying ‘America is back,’ Biden presents security and foreign policy team

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday (24 November) introduced a slate of veteran diplomats and policy-makers who will make up his national security and foreign policy team, saying: "America is back, ready to lead the world."
Brexit 25-11-2020

UK set to slash development aid budget

The UK government is expected to slash aid spending when Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils the government’s Spending Review on Wednesday (25 November).
China 24-11-2020

China calls launch a success as robotic spacecraft heads to moon

China hailed as a success its pre-dawn launch of a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon in the first bid by any country to retrieve lunar surface samples since the 1970s.
24-11-2020

Germans have lost faith in US democracy but have hopes for Biden, new poll shows

The recent election in the United States has left many Germans concerned for the state of US democracy, according to a new poll. In spite of this, Germany remains hopeful President-elect Joe Biden will stabilise the relationship. EURACTIV Germany reports.
24-11-2020

Biden’s pick for UN envoy will find waning American influence

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be his ambassador to the United Nations in New York will have to tackle Washington’s waning leadership at the world body in the face of a more assertive China, diplomats and analysts said.
Climate change 24-11-2020

John Kerry, who signed Paris accord for US, is Biden’s climate envoy

Former secretary of state John Kerry helped broker the landmark Paris Agreement and signed it on behalf of the United States, a decision subsequently reversed by President Donald Trump.
24-11-2020

Biden pushes new approach to EU in calls to leaders

US President-elect Joe Biden spoke with the heads of the European Union institutions and NATO on Monday (23 November) in a round of calls seen as part of his efforts to repair tattered transatlantic ties.
24-11-2020

Trump finally gives the green light to proceed with Biden transition

After weeks of defiance, President Donald Trump allowed officials to proceed with a transition to President-elect Joe Biden, giving his Democratic rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

France’s ‘feminist diplomacy’: lots of talk, little action

The term 'feminist diplomacy' used by France since 2018 remains unclear, according to a report by the country's High Council on Gender Equality presented to the government on 18 November. EURACTIV France reports.
EU-Africa 23-11-2020

Ethiopia ‘alarmed and surprised’ by EU stance on Tigray conflict

Ethiopia has been “alarmed and surprised” by the EU’s equivocal stance on the conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the rebel leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the country’s EU ambassador has told EURACTIV.

EU lacks defence capabilities to meet ‘strategic autonomy’ goals

The EU's first-ever defence review painted a gloomy picture for the bloc's ability to achieve  'strategic autonomy. Experts also believe the EU is not doing enough to address major shortfalls.
23-11-2020

Germany says Turkey stopped it checking ship for arms-running to Libya

**Updated with Turkey’s comments Turkey prevented German forces belonging to an EU military mission carrying out a full search of a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya, both countries confirmed on Monday (23 November). Soldiers...

In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.
23-11-2020

Biden to start naming cabinet picks as Trump resists

US President-elect Joe Biden will name his first cabinet picks on Tuesday (23 November), his chief of staff said, even as Donald Trump clung to unsubstantiated claims of fraud despite growing dissent from within his own party.
23-11-2020

France says Turkey’s ‘soothing declarations’ not good enough

France said Sunday (22 November) it expects Turkey to de-escalate international tension with actions instead of words ahead of an EU decision on possible further sanctions against Ankara.
Health 22-11-2020

G20 throws weight behind global Covid-19 vaccine access at Saudi-hosted summit

G20 nations emphasised the need for global access to coronavirus vaccines at a Saudi-hosted virtual summit Saturday (21 November) dominated by efforts to tackle the pandemic and the worst global recession in decades. World leaders, including US President Donald Trump...
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