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Global Europe 15-07-2021

‘Get this done,’ Biden says on historic US infrastructure spending

President Joe Biden went up to the Senate on Wednesday (14 July) in an effort to get Democrats to commit to his historic, high-wire bid to transform the United States with trillions of dollars in infrastructure spending.
Global Europe 13-07-2021

Kerry in Moscow: US, Russia say will cooperate on climate

US and Russia said on Monday (12 July) they would cooperate on climate change despite strained relations, during a visit to Moscow by US climate envoy John Kerry.
Global Europe 12-07-2021

Biden to host Merkel at White House in push to improve ties

US President Joe Biden will host a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday (15 July) to affirm "deep and enduring" ties between the NATO allies while also tackling some areas of disagreement, the White House said on Friday.
China 09-07-2021

US set to add more Chinese companies to blacklist over Xinjiang

The Biden administration is set as early as Friday (9 July) to add more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang, two sources told Reuters.
Global Europe 29-06-2021

Undeclared conflict? America’s battles with Iran-backed militia escalate

US President Joe Biden’s latest strikes against Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq were not the first nor likely the last of his young presidency.
Global Europe 24-06-2021

EU envoy urges US to ease travel restrictions

The European Union's top diplomat in Washington said the United States should safely ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europeans, calling it a mistake to prevent European business executives from overseeing their US investments.
Global Europe 23-06-2021

After Biden, Blinken back to Europe to shore up Western unity

Days after Joe Biden's first presidential trip abroad, Secretary of State Antony Blinken headed back to Europe Tuesday (22 June) to keep up the work of building Western unity against a rising China.
Global Europe 22-06-2021

COVID eases but US won’t reciprocate EU in opening borders

As the COVID pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans – but the reverse is not holding true, with the United States not budging on restrictions imposed 15 months ago.
China 18-06-2021

Pacific undersea cable project sinks after US warns against Chinese bid

A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded US warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters.
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Scotch but no bourbon: UK-US trade truce gives dram of hope to drinks industry

The drinks industry welcomed a trade truce between Britain and United States that saw tariffs removed on Scotch whisky and most other spirits, although they called for further efforts to remove the last export duties on American whiskey.
China 17-06-2021

Japan says China’s military strategy unclear, of serious concern

Japan said on Thursday (17 June) China's military intentions are unclear and its armed forces' rapid expansion is of serious concern, circumstances that require Europe, the United States and other Asian nations to come together to stand up to Beijing.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

Biden’s visit: What does it mean to rejoin Europe?

Given that Europe is not inclined to make the painful decisions that a modernized relationship requires, it is hard to understand what a return to Europe means, except for having dinner with some interesting people, writes George Friedman.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

Biden, Putin hail positive talks, but bad blood stays on

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin sought to cool tensions in the dangerously spiraling US-Russian relationship at their first summit in Geneva on Wednesday (16 June), with the US president saying his Kremlin counterpart doesn't want a new Cold War.
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Transatlantic tech talks team-up on China, but avoid confronting key issues

While the United States and the European Union on Tuesday (15 June) announced a wide-ranging tech and trade alliance to counter Beijing’s technological rise, they failed to address bilateral sticking points on the digital economy. “We plan to cooperate on...
Global Europe 16-06-2021

Biden to confront Putin in tense Geneva summit

President Joe Biden will draw "red lines" for President Vladimir Putin at a tense Geneva summit on Wednesday (16 June), where ghosts of the Cold War will hover over modern-day US concerns that Russia has become a rogue, authoritarian state.
Economy & Jobs 15-06-2021

EU-US aircraft deal heralds new trade cooperation in Biden era

The first summit between the EU and US President Joe Biden concluded on Tuesday (15 June) with a deal on a five-year suspension of tariffs in the longstanding Airbus-Boeing dispute, paving the way for stronger cooperation against the challenges posed by China’s economic model.
Global Europe 15-06-2021

Biden assures he has the allies’ backing ahead of Putin meeting

On the eve of his bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden told NATO allies he would tell Moscow he was not looking for conflict with Russia, but that NATO would respond if Russia continued its...

How the competition against China could improve NATO

Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Biden suggests ‘autocrat’ Putin’s Russia might be weaker than it seems

US President Joe Biden said that "autocrat" Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

America may be ‘back’ at G7, but allies’ doubts about US democracy linger

After the tumultuous years for the transatlantic relationship under Donald Trump, Joe Biden's promise that "America is back" as he meets Western allies are a welcome relief. But they're not enough, diplomats and foreign policy experts say.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

How Europe should re-engage with the US

President Biden’s maiden foreign tour signals his will to restore transatlantic relations. Europe will rejoice, but may not – and indeed, should not – put all its eggs in the US basket, write Óscar Fernández and Ángel Saz-Carranza.
Global Europe 10-06-2021

Biden warns Russia it faces ‘robust’ response for harmful actions as he begins European visit

President Joe Biden on Wednesday (9 June) began his first trip abroad since taking office by hailing America's unwavering commitment to the NATO alliance and warning Russia it faced "robust and meaningful" consequences if it engaged in harmful activities.
Global Europe 09-06-2021

EU not considering joining US in sanctioning Western Balkans

US-type sanctions for the Western Balkans are not on the agenda, the European Commission said after President Joe Biden signed order blocking property banning entry to the country of those "contributing to the destabilising situation in the" region on Tuesday.

FBI-planted app nets hundreds in ‘staggering’ global crime sting

Police arrested more than 800 people worldwide in a huge global sting involving encrypted phones that were secretly planted by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday (8 June).