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"Chinese-claimed Taiwan said on Wednesday (22 September) it had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), less than a week after China submitted its application."

Taiwan blasts ‘arch criminal’ China for Pacific trade pact threats

China is an “arch criminal” intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose or comment on its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan’s government said in an escalating war of words over Taipei and Beijing’s decision to apply

The EU is drafting its position ahead of the November COP26 talks, where countries will attempt to finish the technical rules to put the Paris Agreement into effect.

EU countries struggle to agree approach to COP26 climate talks

European Union countries are struggling to agree their negotiating position for the COP26 climate change conference, with rifts emerging over timeframes for emissions-cutting pledges

"Merkel never supported Kramp-Karrenbauer’s plans to find a solution to the ageing Tornadoes. She avoided taking a stance over abolishing military conscription back in 2011."

Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces

"Returning to a physical workplace post-COVID-19 brings a myriad of legal, employee and public relations complexities for businesses."

Work can be better post-COVID-19. Here’s what employers need to know

When business crises occur (pandemic-related or otherwise), the companies that emerge stronger are those able to flex their business and people to overcome the new challenges they face

"All modes of CO2 transport – pipeline, ship, barge, truck, train – and CO2 storage should be included in the revised TEN-E regulation."

Why CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is vital to reach climate neutrality

The large-scale deployment of cross-border CO2 transport and storage infrastructure is crucial for the EU to reach its 2050 climate target

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“I predict and expect also a crucial debate about prices in the energy sector,” said Slovenian infrastructure minister Jernej Vrtovec.

Europe

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers

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Leaders need to hold a “working from home” relaunch to help their teams learn to reorient, writes Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley.

Management

Leadership: 4 ways to make remote working work better

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Covid-19 has made virtual work the new normal

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"The support committee for Rusesabagina now has no choice but to increase the political pressure to free Kagame’s nemesis."

World

Rwandan national hero Rusesabagina sentenced to 25 years in prison; only political pressure can save him

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Paul Rusesabagina, who rescued more than 1200 compatriots in 1994 during the genocide by providing them with protection at his Mille Collines hotel, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday in his native Rwanda

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"It has been argued that when workers are already working long weeks, adding more hours can reduce productivity."

Business

This is how shorter working hours can affect your productivity

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Is it true that less really is more? Can companies, by asking less of their workers, actually get more out of them?

“Higher electricity price is driven mainly by global demand” for energy, including gas prices which have been rising steadily since January.

Europe

As energy prices spike, EU points to long-term fixes

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The European Commission is monitoring the evolution of electricity prices “very closely,” the EU’s Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson has said, pointing to long-term fixes like investments in energy savings and renewables as the main answer at European level

“We are allies, we talk and don’t hide elaborate different strategies. That’s why there is a crisis in confidence.”

Europe

EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday (20 September) during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia’s scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a US and British deal

"Unabated coal power generation must be quickly phased out in order to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement."

Analyses

How world’s coal-power pipeline has shrunk by three-quarters

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

There is now a broad consensus that unabated coal power generation must be rapidly phased out if the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement are to be met

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Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, accounts for about half of the 1.0 degrees Celsius net rise in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.

Europe

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The European Union and the United States announced the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow

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"Mrs. Merkel could look west to France, east to Poland or Hungary, south to Spain, north to Scandinavia – and saw EPP politicians in power in much of Europe."

Europe

Sankt Angela of Europe?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

As the long-time German chancellor completes her last term in office, it isn’t just her own center-right party that is struggling at the polls

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"Politicians pander increasingly to green votes, but shy away from discussing the financial implications".

World

Soften climate change or suffer it, the cost will anyway be huge

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The world’s rich nations are aggravating the climate crisis. Although many see themselves as standard-bearers in the fight against global warming, the reality is very different

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Tracking innovation around the globe in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

World

The World’s Most Innovative Countries, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Innovation has, in many ways, flourished over the past 19 months

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"The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake."

Europe

What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship

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EU countries struggle to agree approach to COP26 climate talks

EU countries struggle to agree approach to COP26 climate talks

European Union countries are struggling to agree their negotiating position for the COP26 climate change conference, with rifts emerging over timeframes for emissions-cutting pledges

Business

Work can be better post-COVID-19. Here’s what employers need to know

Work can be better post-COVID-19. Here’s what employers need to know

When business crises occur (pandemic-related or otherwise), the companies that emerge stronger are those able to flex their business and people to overcome the new challenges they face

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