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After years of negotiations between the British government and the EU, UK lawmakers repeatedly defeated attempts by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May to finalise departure terms.

EU delay Brexit trade talks until March

The Queen has given Royal Assent to the legislation for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU at the end of January

“Turkey is and should remain a candidate country, despite the current difficulties in EU-Turkey relations”, Mr Sanchez Amor said.

New EP Turkey rapporteur: “New narrative for EU-Turkey relations needed”

“We need to keep the Turkish EU accession process on track”, said Parliament’s new rapporteur for Turkey, Nacho Sanchez Amor, following his first official visit to the country this week

"The constitution is a living instrument”, Putin said recently. "In principle, it can be changed in one way or another."

President Putin presents new plans to hold power

Russian President Putin proposed a sweeping constitutional reform that would give him several options to retain power after 2024, when his term ends

Some countries may be skeptical about addressing Europe’s weakness in projecting hard power with an institutional response instead of addressing the deeper, underlying issues of a lack of political will and military capability.

The Pros and Cons of a European Security Council

France and Germany have proposed creating a European Security Council to better enable Europe to think and act strategically. The jury is still out on whether such a council will be created

Mr Erdogan was an ardent supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood when it held power in Cairo, and there is mounting concern, especially in Europe, that the Turkish leader has now set his sights on establishing a similar regime in Libya.

Erdogan’s Bold Plan for a New Muslim Brotherhood Regime in Libya

The concern now is that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will use the failure of international mediators to end the fighting to intensify his support for the GNA, thereby strengthening the position of the numerous Islamist militias that are backing the UN-backed body

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Every day, an average of 8,497 stc customers’ machines are actively infected by malware and an average of 13,000,000 requests for access to risky domains are initiated.

Analyses

4 things ISPs can do to reduce the impact of cybercrime

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The role of internet service providers (ISP) in protecting critical national infrastructure cannot be ignored

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The powerful German carmakers missed the speed and force with which their industry would embrace the shift to electric vehicles, and are scrambling to catch up.

Europe

If Merkel Wants to Fix the German Economy, She Needs to Hurry Up

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Angela Merkel is running out of time to reset the German economy before her era as chancellor draws to a close

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The top 10 countries in this year’s rankings are high-income economies that perform well across both the input (i.e. market landscape, education) and output (i.e. employability, talent impact) pillars of the GTCI model.

World

The World’s Most Talent Competitive Countries, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dystopian science fiction, as well as recent dire warnings from industry, have sometimes pointed at the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI)

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Those who applaud the assassination of General Soleimani seem to simply equate him to a terrorist who certainly deserved to meet his fate.

World

Trump’s Soleimani Killing Undermines Global Order

Thursday, January 23, 2020

What sort of global order will we have left if the leaders of one country eliminate the leaders of another? Nothing but global chaos would ensue

A new crop of rational, well-groomed climate sceptics is pushing a persuasive brand of defeatism that the world cannot afford.

Analyses

Climate Change: Evading the “Too Late, Too Costly” Trap

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The raging bushfires sweeping through Australia, partly related to unusually dry conditions stemming from climate change, are a stark reminder that the 2020s must be a decade of concerted climate action

European Commissioner Thierry Breton said the new rocket “is at the core of the objective to guarantee a European autonomous access to space”.

Europe

EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket project on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years

Modern slavery is at the heart of efforts to transform markets and to create a cohesive and sustainable world.

Analyses

How AI and satellite imaging can stamp out modern slavery

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

There are 40 million people in slavery today. SDG 8.7 is a commitment to end modern slavery, with the ambition to reduce that number by 10,000 people every day

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"We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty".

World

Opening "Davos", Donald Trump lauds US economy, whereas IMF and PwC downbeat outlooks overshadow climate goals

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Opening the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, President Trump touted what he described as a ‘blue-collar boom’ transforming the US economy and hailed his trade agreement with China in a speech to global business and government leaders

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“People need to be at the very centre of all our policies. My wish is therefore that all Europeans will actively contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe and play a leading role in setting the European Union’s priorities. It is only together that we can build our Union of tomorrow.”

Europe

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020

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«China’s inexorable rise and America’s progressive abandonment of its post-World War 2 multilateralism leave Europe and Russia with no clear paths to follow.»

World

"Geopolitical Europe’s" first test is to bridge the China-US split

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

No one knows whether “Geopolitical Europe” will turn out to be another empty slogan. Perhaps Ursula von der Leyen’s new European Commission can succeed in giving the EU the global heft and weight it has never had, but that would require an unprecedented tour de force from Brussels

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«On January 19, the German chancellor hosted world leaders in Berlin to try and forge a ceasefire in Libya. It was a highly risky decision. And a symbolic one.»

World

Is Libya Merkel’s Legacy?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The efforts to end the war in Libya is a test of German leadership. It might even be the beginning of a new role for Germany, which can no longer afford to let others do the diplomacy and the fighting

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As in previous years, the Propeller Club announced its support through scholarships, as well as through donations to philanthropic foundations in Greece, this year with a 50% increase in comparison to 2019.

Events

The Propeller Club celebrates New Year in the Greek tradition

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Once again, the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, celebrated New Year in the Greek tradition, with the cutting of the traditional Greek New Year cake at the Grande Bretagne Hotel on Monday 20th January 2020

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EU delay Brexit trade talks until March

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The Queen has given Royal Assent to the legislation for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU at the end of January

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New EP Turkey rapporteur: “New narrative for EU-Turkey relations needed”

New EP Turkey rapporteur: “New narrative for EU-Turkey relations needed”

“We need to keep the Turkish EU accession process on track”, said Parliament’s new rapporteur for Turkey, Nacho Sanchez Amor, following his first official visit to the country this week

Business

Removing installed Huawei 5G tech in UK would cost billions

Removing installed Huawei 5G tech in UK would cost billions

UK PM Boris Johnson and the National Security Council are expected to give soon Huawei the go-ahead to build ‘non-core’ parts of the 5G network

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