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Americans spend holiday at beaches and parks as virus death toll nears 100,000

Global Europe 25-05-2020

Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, even as the US death toll from COVID-19 fast approaches 100,000.

China 25-05-2020

China warns US pushing relations to ‘brink of new Cold War’

The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said Sunday (24 May), rejecting US "lies" over the coronavirus while saying Beijing was open to an international effort to find its source.
Europe's East 22-05-2020

Former Ukrainian president in another round of questioning amid ‘geopolitical’ leaks

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, now a lawmaker, has been called in for "urgent questioning" by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) in a case involving the smuggling of 43 valuable paintings out of Ukraine, the state's investigation service agency said on Friday (22 May).
Global Europe 22-05-2020

Through the transatlantic drift, Europe needs to take the helm on Iran

US diplomacy on Iran is failing. The result is that the EU can no longer allow this transatlantic drift to continue, and take the lead itself, writes Guillaume Xavier-Bender.
Global Europe 22-05-2020

‘America first’: US secures 300 million doses of potential UK COVID-19 vaccine

The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion, as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work.

US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty takes European allies by surprise

Washington announced on Thursday (21 May) it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies Treaty, allowing unarmed surveillance flights over signatory states, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of yet another major global landmark accord.
Health 20-05-2020

Number of bleach-related incidents up in Belgium due to COVID-19 fears

Belgium’s Poison Control Centre has recorded an increase of 15% in the number of calls it receives since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March, as people have increasingly started experimenting with hazardous substances. “The consequences of the coronavirus crisis are making...
Global Europe 19-05-2020

Germans more estranged from the US due to COVID-19, new poll finds

Negative feelings towards the United States in Germany are growing quickly in the pandemic era, according to a new poll, which also indicated a shift in public opinion towards Beijing.
Global Europe 19-05-2020

WHO to review virus response as Trump renews attack

The World Health Organization said on Monday (18 May) it would launch an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic as US President Donald Trump renewed his attack on the global body, branding it a "puppet of China".
Global Europe 18-05-2020

Israel swears in unity government, PM insists on West Bank annexation

Israel's parliament swore in a new unity government on Sunday (17 May) led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the nation's history.
China 18-05-2020

WHO to kick off international meet amid US-China tensions

The World Health Organization will on Monday (18 May) kick off its first ever virtual assembly, but fears abound that US-China tensions could derail the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Assembly (WHA), which has...
Global Europe 14-05-2020

French fury after Sanofi says US to get virus vaccine first

The French government cried foul Thursday (14 May) after pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said it would reserve first shipments of any COVID-19 vaccine for the United States, saying the move would be "unacceptable" in a crisis that has killed nearly 300,000 people worldwide.
Global Europe 14-05-2020

US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine as markets slump

Chinese hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research, US authorities said Wednesday (13 May), ratcheting up tensions between the superpowers as markets slumped on warnings from the US Federal Reserve that prolonged shutdowns could cause "lasting damage."
Global Europe 13-05-2020

EU seeks trade truce with US amid virus crisis

The EU's top trade official hopes the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic will spur efforts to heal US trade ties, bogged down in a tit-for-tat tariff feud.
Economy & Jobs 11-05-2020

French, Dutch join forces to urge EU to show teeth on trade

France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to enforce environmental and labour standards more forcefully with countries the bloc signs trade deals with, according to a document seen by Reuters.
Global Europe 09-05-2020

Chizhov: Coronavirus cannot diminish the significance of Victory Day

In a wide-ranging interview, Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, discussed Victory Day, Russia’s relations with its wartime allies, conspiracy theories about COVID-19, sanctions, disinformation and more.
Global Europe 07-05-2020

Crisis is the time for a radical and drastic creativity in governance

Europeans have started to realise what it means to have an absence of American leadership on the international stage. The “opportunity” that this crisis brings is the emergence of different kinds of leaders, Harvard Kennedy School’s Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Global Europe 06-05-2020

Biden’s edge evaporates as Trump seen as better suited for economy, coronavirus response

Joe Biden’s advantage over President Donald Trump in popular support has eroded in recent weeks as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee struggles for visibility with voters during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday (5 May).
Central Asia 04-05-2020

Kazakhstan fends off allegations it is developing biological weapons

Kazakhstan is not developing biological weapons or researching their possible use against other countries, its ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday (2 May), denying allegations circulated in Russian and domestic media that the country is working on biological weapons similar to COVID-19
Global Europe 04-05-2020

Trump says up to 100,000 Americans may die from coronavirus

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (3 May) he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic, after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, but said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year’s end.
Global Europe 01-05-2020

Trump says evidence ties China lab to virus, threatens tariffs

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (30 April) threatened China with fresh tariffs as he stepped up his attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis, saying he had seen evidence linking a Wuhan lab to the contagion.
Enlargement 30-04-2020

Why Serbia’s President Vucic chose Richard Grenell over Angela Merkel

Although EU membership is Serbia’s official foreign policy goal, Russia and China – and perhaps the USA in the future – are providing something that is much more valuable for the Serbian leaders: a hope that the drawing of the national borders will be possible again, writes Filip Milacic
China 30-04-2020

Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (29 April) he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.

US imposes new rules on exports to China to keep them from its military

The United States said on Monday (27 April) it will impose new restrictions on exports to China to keep semiconductor production equipment and other technology away from Beijing’s military.
Global Europe 28-04-2020

US says would recognise Israel annexation

The United States said Monday (27 April)  it was ready to recognize Israel's annexation of much of the West Bank but asked the new unity government also to negotiate with the Palestinians.
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