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"The world may be seen as three spheres that vie with each other. One turns around the United States (this includes Europe and others). Another turns around China. And a third turns around all things digital."

Wars of the Three Spheres: The West, the East and the Metaverse

Are we really capable of negotiating our collective future?

The exhibition is linked to this year’s bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. It runs from 30 September 2021 to 7 February 2022.

Athens "sous le ciel de Paris"

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

"Paris-Athenes: Naissance de la Grece moderne 1675-1919" in the the Louvre Museum

"The people of Turkey take elections seriously and many now doubt the benefits of a super-presidential system."

The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 12, 2021

With twenty months left until Turkey’s legislative and presidential elections, the political debate will be fierce. The West may choose to sit it out rather than see its relationship with Ankara deteriorate even further

‘Taiwan will ensure regional peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and seeks to work with other like-minded democracies’.

President Tsai makes President Xi angry

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, October 11, 2021

China has reacted with fury to a speech by the President of Taiwan, a country considered by the communist regime as a renegade province

“This is an essential step to ensure continued monitoring, through a dedicated and independent expert, and to help prevent a further deterioration of the human rights situation in Afghanistan,” said Lotte Knudsen, the EU’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

On EU initiative, UN rights council creates Afghanistan rapporteur

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

The European Union on Thursday (7 October) won its battle at the UN Human Rights Council to create a new special rapporteur on Afghanistan, despite opposition from China, Russia and Pakistan

“Of course not everyone and not everywhere is pleased at Taiwan’s progress, and I do note that Taiwan is challenged on an almost daily basis by its giant neighbour,” Abbott said.

Taiwan seeks international support after Chinese incursions

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

Taiwan will ensure regional peace and stability and seeks to work with other like-minded democracies, President Tsai Ing-wen told senior French and Australian dignitaries on Thursday (7 October), days after a dramatic spike in tensions with China

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“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” he said. “We made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement.”

Biden says he and China’s Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (5 October) that he has spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement, as tensions have ratcheted up between Taipei and Beijing

“For aviation, net zero is a bold, audacious commitment. But it is also a necessity,” Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), told top airline executives meeting in Boston.

World airlines commit to ‘net zero’ CO2 emissions by 2050

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The world’s airlines made a joint pledge Monday (4 October) to reach “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the aviation industry ramps up efforts to curb its contribution to global warming

"Demand for gas is soaring as electricity producers shift away from coal."

Lessons for the energy transition from the 2021 energy crisis

By: EBR | Monday, October 4, 2021

As we head into the final quarter of 2021, a global energy crisis is sending shockwaves through economies and industry sectors around the world

"Trade policy needs to evolve to meet growing global challenges."

We must reform trade to build a sustainable, inclusive global recovery

By: EBR | Monday, October 4, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened inequalities in and across countries. Recent record heatwaves remind us that we must address the climate crisis before it’s too late

"The 2021 index has found that innovation is still blossoming in some sectors despite the global economic slowdown and coronavirus pandemic."

The world’s most innovative countries

By: EBR | Thursday, September 30, 2021

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released its 2021 Global Innovation Index

"The AUKUS strategic agreement is a not an escalation. It is a reality check to deal the Chinese exercise of its increasing power."

AUKUS Deal: Europe’s Global Strategy Falls Short

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Europe needs to make clear proposals to the U.S. in its Indo-Pacific strategy to set a common approach to China

"The EU-US Summit last June marked the “reset” of the transatlantic relationship, and the announcement of a Trade and Technology Council was one of its major, tangible outcomes."

A chance for a transatlantic reset

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The EU-US Trade and Technology Council marks an opportunity for de-escalation and bridge-building in the troubled transatlantic relationship

"Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, revealed that he had delivered the shock news to French President Emmanuel Macron by text message—after a failed attempt to set up a telephone call—because time was running out ahead of the public announcement of Australia’s decision."

Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Unconvinced by the EU’s stance toward an increasingly assertive China, Australia has sidelined Europe in its approach to the Indo-Pacific. This places Canberra’s trade and diplomatic relations with Europe at risk

More than 120,000 people were evacuated in the US-led airlift from Kabul airport, including the embassy staff of all EU countries present and some 2,000 Afghans working for Western organisations.

EU working on a ‘presence on the ground’ in Afghanistan

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Following the chaotic evacuation of international embassy staff from Kabul in August, the European External Action Service is now “working on a possible presence on the ground”

"More ‘green’ help for poorer nations is crucial to our collective future."

What a global drive on renewable energy can (and can’t) deliver

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 28, 2021

This has been a summer of ‘global warning’. Natural catastrophes point more clearly than ever to the dangerous reality of climate change

“Any changes to this fundamental Single Market approach would inherently undermine the development of digital services in Europe, allowing only the very large players to scale across the Single Market.”

Ireland draws a red line on country of origin principle in DSA

By: EBR | Monday, September 27, 2021

Following a French initiative against the country of origin principle, Ireland is leading a counter-offensive of ten countries that consider the move would disrupt the digital single market

"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

By: EBR | Friday, September 24, 2021

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

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

By: EBR | 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

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

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

By: EBR | 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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