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Global Europe 19-06-2019

Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign, calling US ‘envy of the world’

President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday (18 June), whipping up a crowd of at least 20,000 with a nationalist boast about the US economy being the "envy" of the world and warning that opposition Democrats want to "destroy" the country.
Global Europe 19-06-2019

Draghi brushes off Trump accusation of currency manipulation

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said Tuesday (18 June) that the institution “doesn’t target the exchange rate”, shrugging off an allegation of currency manipulation from US President Donald Trump. “We have our remit. We have our mandate. Our mandate...
Global Europe 18-06-2019

Chizhov: Juncker might be interested in meeting Putin in Osaka

Commission President Jean Claude Juncker may be interested in sitting down with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka on 28-29 June, according to Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov. 
Central Asia 18-06-2019

Iran-US tensions dominate two Central Asia summits

Two regional summits held in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan last week had a common denominator: the support from Russia and China to Iran in the face of US threats after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

CDU party chief wants Germany to reach 2% NATO spending target

The leader of German Christian Democrats, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK), stated on Wednesday (12 June) that German military expenditures would have to be raised to NATO's 2% spending target, while former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel proposed splitting Germany's military spending into two funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.

US will not accept more Turkish F-35 pilots over Russia air defenses

The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets, US officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara’s plans to purchase Russian air defenses.
Global Europe 07-06-2019

Doubts persist over Trump attendance at French G7 summit

US President Donald Trump did not confirm he would attend August's summit of the G7 group of rich nations in southwestern France city of Biarritz when he met President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (6 June), a French official said.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2019

EU cobbles workaround to avoid US block on WTO judges

The European Union is set to propose creating a shadow system to get around a US block on appeals in disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a draft proposal circulated to national lawmakers.
Energy 06-06-2019

US calls ‘false’ the narrative that LNG cannot compete with pipeline gas

US prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) being shipped to Europe will remain competitive with Russian piped gas prices over the long term, US energy secretary Rick Perry said on Wednesday (5 June).
Brexit 06-06-2019

Trump says Ireland’s Brexit ‘wall’ will ‘work out very well ‘

US President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday (5 June) that Ireland's post-Brexit "wall" situation with its UK neighbour will work out fine, earning a quick retort from the Irish premier who noted that a wall is the last thing his country wants.

Plastic production on the rise worldwide but slowing in Europe

While the global production of plastics is increasing, it is slowing down in Europe, according to PlasticsEurope, the leading pan-European association of plastics manufacturers. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2019

Global growth continues to weaken, World Bank report confirms

After the IMF and the OECD, the World Bank has also cut its 2019 growth forecasts. Uncertainties over trade and investment are at the root of this slowdown, which is also affecting the eurozone. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2019

In Fukuoka, EU to focus on trade tensions at G20, seek tax on digital firms

Resolving global trade tensions must be a top priority to preserve an expected modest rebound in global growth, European Union finance ministers will tell G20 counterparts this week amid an escalating US-Chinese trade conflict.
Global Europe 05-06-2019

Trump’s son-in law and Middle East adviser Kushner meets EU leaders

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East peace adviser Jared Kushner met European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker for talks in Brussels on Tuesday (4 June).
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

Trump turns to trade talks on UK state visit

US President Donald Trump meets outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (4 June) for trade-centred talks during his state visit to Britain, with protesters set to gather outside the gates.
Brexit 03-06-2019

Trump brings Brexit advice on state visit to troubled UK

Britain will roll out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on Monday (3 June) as he arrives in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.
Brexit 31-05-2019

Trump praises Brexit-supporting ‘friends’, ahead of UK visit

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (30 May) kept mum on the race to be the next British prime minister, but praised the two most high-profile proponents of Britain's departure from the European Union, as he prepared for a state visit to Britain.

Turkey preparing for possible US sanctions over S-400s

Turkey’s defence minister said it was preparing for potential US sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, even while he said there was some improvement in talks with the United States over buying F-35 fighter jets.
Central Asia 22-05-2019

EU puts hope in Kazakhstan in helping unlock the WTO knot

At the Astana Economic Forum, a representative of the EU hinted that the host country, Kazakhstan, could play a role in helping to bridge differences over the reform of the World Trade Organisation
Global Europe 20-05-2019

Trump warns he could order the ‘official end of Iran’

US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran on Sunday (19 May), tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war.
Central Asia 16-05-2019

Nazarbayev: I stepped down in the interest of the people of Kazakhstan

The first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was the main speaker and the centre of attention at the 12th edition of the Astana Economic Forum on Thursday (16 May). To a wide international audience, he provided explanations for his recent...
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Europe rejects US escalation strategy against Iran

Europe on Monday (13 May) urged the US not to further escalate tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, with Britain issuing a stark warning of the risk of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf.
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Meeting of the minds as Trump receives Orban

US President Donald Trump on Monday (13 May) praised Hungary’s hardline authoritarian Viktor Orbán as a leader respected throughout Europe who kept his country safe with his crackdown on immigration. “Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many...
China 13-05-2019

China defiant as US tariff war escalates

The United States and China appeared at a deadlock over trade negotiations on Sunday (12 May) as Washington demanded promises of concrete changes to Chinese law and Beijing said it would not swallow any “bitter fruit” that harmed its interests.

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