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Economy & Jobs 27-07-2020

Moscow cries foul over EU’s planned carbon border tax

Russia’s economic development minister warned last week that the EU’s plans to deploy a carbon tax at the bloc’s borders will not be in line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, just as Brussels doubled down on the idea of green tariffs.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Germany rejects Trump’s proposal to let Russia back into G7

Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday (27 July).
Aerospace 24-07-2020

Airbus and EU see end to US subsidies spat with final concessions

Aerospace giant Airbus announced on Friday (24 July) that it has made changes to existing aircraft contracts in order to come into line with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling on subsidies. The firm and the EU both insist that it “removes any justification for US tariffs”.

Russian interference in western judicial systems is growing

The West doesn’t seem to realise the trend whereby bad-faith Russian cases brought by the Russian state and oligarchs leverage trumped-up charges in Russian courts to harass and damage opponents and rivals in western legal proceedings, writes Daniel Mitov.
Elections 22-07-2020

UK government failed to probe Russian ‘meddling’, say MPs

British lawmakers slammed the government on Tuesday (21 July) for failing to look into possible Russian meddling in UK politics, particularly the divisive 2016 Brexit referendum, as they released a long-awaited report into the issue. The document by parliament’s Intelligence...
Coronavirus 17-07-2020

UK, US and Canada accuse Russia of vaccine research hacking

Britain, the United States and Canada on Thursday (16 July) risked worsening fraught diplomatic ties with Russia by accusing Moscow-linked hackers of targeting labs in their countries conducting coronavirus vaccine research.
Global Europe 17-07-2020

US exempts European students from coronavirus travel restrictions

Foreign students coming from Europe are exempt from a travel ban the United States imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the US State Department told congressional offices on Thursday (16 July).
Global Europe 16-07-2020

EU and India seek deeper trade ties

Indian and EU leaders vowed to deepen trade ties on Wednesday (15 July) as both face the economic shock of the coronavirus epidemic and rising tensions with China.
Energy 16-07-2020

Challenging Germany, US opens way for sanctions on Russia pipeline

Escalating pressure on Germany, US President Donald Trump's administration opened the way Wednesday for tough sanctions as the ally moves forward with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.
EU-China 14-07-2020

EU preparing measures against China over Hong Kong

The EU is preparing counter-measures on China in response to Beijing's new security law on Hong Kong, the bloc's top diplomat said on Monday (13 July), but envoys stressed the likely steps will not amount to economic sanctions.
Global Europe 13-07-2020

EU voices concern over UN Syria aid plan

The EU on Sunday (12 June) voiced "deep concern" at a UN move to close an access point for humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

US influence wanes as China rises, according to a new transatlantic opinion poll

The pandemic may be quickly reshaping views of geopolitics, according to new polling data. More people in France, Germany and the US view China as the most influential world power, as US hegemony wanes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
China 30-06-2020

Japanese EU ambassador: Hong Kong was promised liberal values

Tokyo is concerned about China’s actions in Hong Kong, which was promised in 1997 a “one country, two systems” based on liberal values, Japanese Ambassador to the EU Kazuo Kodama told EURACTIV.com ion a telephone interview.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

Entering a new, more Putin-like, Russia

On 25 June 2020, the Russian citizens embarked on a journey that might transform their country in many ways and keep the Russian president Vladimir Putin and his apparatchiks in power until 2036, writes Pavel Havlicek.
Global Europe 29-06-2020

‘Sovereignty and solidarity’: Germany’s plans for the EU’s foreign policy

Solidarity and sovereignty is the name of the game for the German presidency, according to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In a speech on Monday, he emphasised the need for greater EU independence from the current geopolitical power struggle between the US and China.
Outer space 29-06-2020

EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday (28 June).
Global Europe 25-06-2020

With Hezbollah unchecked, the EU falls short of its own security aspirations

The German EU presidency offers a chance to address the EU's inaction on Hezbollah, writes Alina Bricman.
Global Europe 24-06-2020

Dozens of Republican former US national security officials to back Biden

Dozens of Republican former US national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party.
Global Europe 23-06-2020

Russia and Europe trade barbs over WWII narratives

The Kremlin has become entrenched in a war of words with Europe over the legacy of World War II, as both sides accuse each other of cynically rewriting history for political gain.
Global Europe 23-06-2020

Democrats say US withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty may be illegal

Senior US Senate Democrats on Monday (22 June) accused President Donald Trump’s administration of violating the law when it declared his intention last month to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty.
China 23-06-2020

China launches final satellite to complete rival to GPS

China on Tuesday (23 June) launched the final satellite in its homegrown geolocation system designed to rival the US GPS network, marking a major step in its race for market share in the lucrative sector.
Digital 19-06-2020

France slams ‘provocation’ as US halts digital tax talks

France and the US locked horns Thursday (18 June) over taxing digital giants such as Google and Facebook, after Washington said it was breaking off talks aimed at establishing a global framework for making the companies pay larger levies where they operate.
Global Europe 19-06-2020

German prosecutors accuse Russia of ordering murder in Berlin

German federal prosecutors accused Russia on Thursday (18 June) of ordering the killing of a former Chechen rebel in Berlin last summer and indicted a Russian man for the murder, which has severely strained diplomatic ties.
Global Europe 18-06-2020

Trump asked China to help him win in 2020, offered ‘favours to dictators,’ Bolton says

In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election.
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