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Global Europe 11-10-2021

IMF board decision hangs over Georgieva as IMF-World Bank annual meetings begin

Data-rigging allegations against IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva were set to loom over the opening of week-long IMF-World Bank annual meetings on Monday (11 October) as the Fund's executive board failed to conclude its review after yet another marathon meeting.

Factbox: An intensifying arms race in Asia

Analysts warn that Asia may be sliding into an accelerating arms race as countries react to China's military growth. Here is a list of defence systems several Asian countries are looking to acquire.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

EU aims for bigger diplomatic weight on Indo-Pacific matters

The European Union outlined on Thursday (16 September) a new strategy for raising its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's increasing influence in the region, which has become the latest arena of the international geopolitical race.
Global Europe 19-07-2021

EU wants its flag to fly at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Sunday (18 July) said they had asked athletes from Slovenia – currently holding the EU Council’s rotating presidency – to be allowed to bear the bloc’s starred flag as well as their own national flag at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
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.

EU, Japan seal ‘green alliance’ in bid for climate neutrality

The European Union and Japan have reaffirmed their “shared ambition of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050” at the conclusion of a bilateral summit which included the signature of an EU-Japan “Green Alliance”.
China 17-03-2021

Blinken says China is acting aggressively and repressively in Asia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (17 March) that China was acting aggressively and repressively, citing its actions in the East and South China Seas where it has territorial disputes with Japan and other Asian nations.
Energy 11-03-2021

Ten years on, Japan mourns victims of earthquake and Fukushima disaster

With a moment of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear protests, Japan on Thursday (11 March) mourned about 20,000 victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan 10 years ago, destroying towns and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.
Climate change 25-01-2021

EU foreign ministers to push for global fossil fuel phase-out

European Union foreign ministers will promote a global phase out of fossil fuels and reaffirm commitments to funding climate adaptation at a meeting on Monday (25 January).
Global Europe 13-11-2020

Asia-Pacific closes in on world’s biggest trade deal

Fifteen Asia-Pacific economies are set to conclude talks on Sunday (15 November) and sign what could become the world’s largest free trade agreement, covering nearly a third of the global population and about 30% of its global gross domestic product.

Hydrogen trade hopes boosted by Australia-Germany deal

A bilateral agreement aimed at increasing German imports of hydrogen produced from solar power plants in Australia could set a milestone in efforts to establish a global hydrogen market.
Energy 26-10-2020

Japan matches EU climate pledge with net-zero carbon goal for 2050

Japan will join the EU in aiming for net zero emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday (26 October).
Brexit 23-10-2020

Britain signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement on Friday (23 October), marking the UK's first big post-Brexit deal on trade, as it continues to struggle to agree on a deal with its closest trading partners in the European Union.
Energy 07-09-2020

Major economies talk green recovery, hydrogen at Japanese summit

Major economies promised to recover green after COVID-19 and accelerate climate action during a virtual ministerial meeting hosted by Japan on Thursday (3 September). EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.

World’s first ‘carbon-capture at sea’ set for shipping trials

Japanese shipbuilding giant Mitsubishi announced on Monday (31 August) that it will build and test a carbon-capture system for ships, which is aimed at significantly reducing the emissions of the maritime sector.
Global Europe 06-08-2020

Hiroshima marks 75 years since atomic bombing in scaled-back ceremony

Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Thursday for the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with ceremonies downsized due to the coronavirus and the city’s mayor urging nations to reject selfish nationalism and unite to fight all threats.
Brexit 06-08-2020

Japanese FM in UK for post-Brexit trade talks

Japan's foreign minister on Wednesday (5 August) began a three-day trip to Britain in a bid to wrap up negotiations on a post-Brexit trade agreement.
China 04-06-2020

UK in 5G talks with suppliers from Japan, South Korea

British officials have discussed supplies of 5G networking equipment with companies in South Korea and Japan as part of a bid to develop alternatives to China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

EU and Japan commit to avoiding ‘unnecessary barriers’ in times of COVID-19

Leaders of the EU and Japan agreed on Tuesday (26 May) to avoid “unnecessary travel and export restrictions” to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and to work together to defend multilateralism.
Global Europe 07-04-2020

Merkel warns on EU’s future as US braces for worst of virus

European leaders battling a deadly coronavirus outbreak are facing the "biggest test" to their union, Germany's leader said Monday (6 April), as the United States braced for what authorities warned would be its hardest week in living memory.
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021

The Tokyo summer Olympiad was postponed on Tuesday (24 March) to 2021, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked one of the last international sporting showpieces still standing this year.
Transport 22-01-2020

German raids over suspected Mitsubishi diesel fraud

German prosecutors have raided 10 business premises as part of a probe into suspected diesel emissions cheating involving Mitsubishi cars, the latest fallout from the so-called "dieselgate" scandal.
Climate change 12-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid (part 3)

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: Badges taken away, German satisfaction, French absence, and fighting in Tokyo.
Shipping 08-11-2019

Europe must stand firm and clean up shipping’s giant CO2 emissions 

More people than ever are aware that the giant ships carrying 80% of global trade are also giant polluters. Green MEP Bas Eickhout argues that regulators face a choice between real and fake CO2 regulations for shipping at UN negotiations next week.