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Cybersecurity 10-05-2021

US government working to aid top fuel pipeline operator after cyberattack

The White House was working closely with top US fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline on Sunday (9 May) to help it recover from a ransomware attack that forced the company to shut a critical fuel network supplying populous eastern states.
Global Europe 05-05-2021

Biden says hopes to meet Putin during June trip to Europe

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (4 May) he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June trip to Europe.
China 05-05-2021

G7 seeks common front on China in first talks since pandemic

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Tuesday (4 May) discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers' first in-person talks in two years.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers discuss in-person Russia, China

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.
Data protection 30-04-2021

EU-US in collision course on privacy

For seven decades the United States and Europe have been moving in different directions on the right to privacy, and these days a major clash on the issue is now very much in prospect, writes Dick Roche.
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

A new transatlantic agenda

Instead of asking what the US can do for Europe we must ask ourselves what we can do for each other, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

The Brief, powered by NGVA Europe – Sleepy Joe   

In his re-election campaign, Donald Trump tried to hurt his rival by alluding to his age and presumed lack of stamina. He called him “Sleepy Joe”.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Blinken alarmed at Hungary press freedom, urges openness

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced alarm Wednesday (28 April) at a deterioration of press freedom in Hungary and vowed to press Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to respect pluralism.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Biden wraps up first 100 days pleading for unity, warning of Chinese threat

President Joe Biden wrapped up the first 100 days of his term, proposing a new $1.8 trillion plan, pleading with Republican lawmakers to work with him on divisive issues and to meet the stiff competition posed by China.
Climate change 23-04-2021

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.
Global Europe 15-04-2021

EU expresses ‘solidarity’ with US over alleged Russian hacking

The European Union on Thursday (15 April) voiced support for the United States over cyber-attacks it has suffered, including a major hack blamed on Russia, as Washington imposed new sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 15-04-2021

NATO allies to leave Afghanistan along with US

Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a US pull-out by 11 September, NATO allies agreed on Wednesday (14 April), pledging to mirror American plans to start removing troops on 1 May after two decades...
Europe's East 15-04-2021

Germany, US call on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden called on Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border to de-escalate the situation in the region, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday (14 April).
Global Europe 14-04-2021

Biden proposes summit with Putin, Russia says it’s too early

US President Joe Biden called on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (13 April) to reduce tensions stirred by a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border and proposed a summit of the estranged leaders to tackle a raft of disputes.
Global Europe 14-04-2021

Biden ready to announce US withdrawal, even as peace eludes Afghanistan

President Joe Biden’s planned announcement of a complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan by 11 September aims to close the book on America’s longest war, as critics warn that peace is anything but assured after two decades of fighting.
Global Europe 14-04-2021

US increases military presence in Germany in reversal of Trump policy

The US announced on Tuesday (13 April) it will ramp up its forces by 500  additional troops in Germany amid the latest tensions with Russia over Ukraine, in a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s plans to cut troops in...
Global Europe 13-04-2021

Ukraine mobilises NATO’s diplomatic and political means over Russia troops build-up

After Kyiv and Moscow traded blame over the worsening situation in the eastern Donbas region, Ukraine was able to mobilise its Western allies at political level, with several high-level meetings planned this week.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Blinken to return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine, Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Iran, Afghanistan and Russian activities directed at Ukraine, a US official said.
Global Europe 09-04-2021

The challenge of protecting European privacy from Uncle Sam’s snoopers

The findings of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the two cases arising from complaints against Facebook by Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems highlight the fundamentally opposed approaches towards data and personal privacy in the EU and the US, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

US restores assistance for Palestinians, to provide $235 million in aid

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday (7 April) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.
China 07-04-2021

US says looking to coordinate participation in Beijing Olympics with allies

The US said that it is looking to discuss with allies how to proceed with participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in a coordinated way, amid growing calls for a boycott of the Games over China’s human rights record.
China 07-04-2021

Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said, adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island.
Global Europe 01-04-2021

Biden propose $2 trillion investment in US economy

President Joe Biden on Wednesday (31 March) called for a sweeping use of government power to reshape the world’s largest economy and counter China’s rise, in a $2 trillion-plus proposal that was met with swift Republican resistance.
China 31-03-2021

US leads concern over WHO-backed Covid origins report

The United States led a chorus of concern on Tuesday (30 March) over a WHO-backed report into the origins of the coronavirus in China, with accusations swirling that Beijing failed to give proper access to investigators.