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Global Europe 08-05-2021

EU and India relaunch trade quest at COVID-hit summit

The EU and India were set to bolster warming ties at a virtual summit Saturday (8 May) by relaunching long-stalled trade talks and agreeing to work together against the coronavirus pandemic battering the south Asian giant. The devastating wave of...
Global Europe 07-05-2021

Ambassador: Porto summit could be ‘watershed moment’ for EU-India relations

The Porto summit this weekend could be a "watershed moment" for EU-India relations to push for stronger health cooperation in the context of the pandemic, enhanced cooperation on trade and investment, and a partnership on connectivity, the country's envoy to Brussels, Santosh Jha, told EURACTIV in an interview ahead of the EU-India leaders meeting on Saturday (8 May).
The European Commission will stay on track with plans to present a 'digital tax' by June this year, despite recent progress at the level of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Commission's Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (23 March). 
China 05-05-2021

EU unveils plan to cut dependency on China, others

The European Union unveiled on Wednesday (5 May) a plan to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas like raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors after the pandemic-induced economic slump.

Portugal-India summit postponed until leaders can attend in person

The EU-India bilateral summit which had been planned to take place during Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU has been postponed until the leaders involved can attend in person, Portugal's minister of foreign affairs confirmed on Tuesday (5 May).
Global Europe 04-05-2021

US and Britain tell China and Russia: the West is not over yet

The Group of Seven western democracies aims to court new allies to counter challenges from China and Russia without holding Beijing down and while pursuing more stable ties with the Kremlin, two of its top diplomats said.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border

Russia's military occupied two new sites in the south of Armenia near the Azeri border as an "additional security guarantee" following last year's conflict, Russian news agencies reported, citing Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

EU summons Russian envoy over travel bans on Brussels officials

The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country, which the Kremlin said was in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

The Brief – With Russia, the worst is yet to come

The tensions between Russia and the West are increasing. Unfortunately, we have reason to suspect that the worst is yet to come.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Lessons to be learned from Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy and Vrbetice attack

It seems that Russian vaccine diplomacy is better at triggering political crises than at convincing people to get vaccinated by Sputnik V, writes Miroslava Sawiris. Miroslava Sawiris is a Research Fellow for Democracy and Resilience at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute....
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over sanctions

Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador to Stockholm on Saturday (1 May), denouncing Moscow for sanctioning European Union officials including a Swedish researcher in an escalating row between Russia and the West.
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.
Global Europe 02-05-2021

Moscow decries ‘unfriendly actions’ as US ends visa services for most Russians

The Kremlin accused Washington on Friday (30 April) of fuelling tension with “unfriendly actions” after the US embassy in Moscow said it was cutting staff and stopping processing visas for most Russians.
Global Europe 01-05-2021

Russia bars EU officials as latest row escalates

Tensions between Russia and the European Union escalated on Friday (30 April) as Moscow barred eight EU officials from entering the country and Brussels warned it could respond in kind.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

Mainstream parties block ECR resolution to force vote on Nord Stream 2

An attempt by right-wing Polish MEPs to force a plenary vote on the controversial gas pipeline between Russia and Germany was blocked for a second time by the two largest groups in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 April), Parliament...
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 30-04-2021

Russia-Brazil spat erupts over Sputnik vaccine snub

Brazil's health regulator said Thursday (29 April) its decision to reject the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was based on the developer's own data, after the latter threatened to sue for defamation.
Global Europe 30-04-2021

EU should impose anti-corruption sanctions on Russians, MEPs say

The European Union should follow Britain's example and impose new anti-corruption sanctions on Russians suspected of fraud and graft, the European Parliament said on Thursday (29 April) in a resolution that reflected hardening attitudes to Moscow.
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

Navalny network disbands as gaunt Kremlin critic appears in court

Alexei Navalny's political network said Thursday (29 April) it is disbanding, as the jailed Kremlin critic appeared in court, gaunt and shaven headed, for the first time since ending his hunger strike.
China 29-04-2021

Hungary eyes multiple vaccine passport deals, holds talks with China

Hungary will pursue bilateral agreements recognising COVID-19 vaccine certificates that would allow citizens to travel among participating countries, the prime minister's chief of staff said on Thursday (29 April).
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

EU report accuses Russia, China of sowing mistrust in Western vaccines

Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European report said on Wednesday (29 April).
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Russia expels two Lithuanian diplomats in tit-for-tat move

The Russian foreign ministry has expelled two diplomats from the Lithuanian embassy in Moscow, as well as one employee each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia.