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If Scholz spoke out about what is happening in Tibet, or his concerns about a war between China and Taiwan, or the treatment of the Uyghurs, no doubt Xi would point to the West’s double standards.

Scholz’s Visit to China Confirms Germany’s Political Weakness

An official visit to China is like a pilgrimage for German leaders and a ritual for German company bosses

The NATO allies’ recent announcement, triggered by the outgoing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, about a new package for Ukraine is nothing but a poor window-dressing exercise.

Should NATO Coordinate Military Support for Ukraine?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 16, 2024

NATO has the tools and expertise to play a bigger role in providing Ukraine with military aid

NATO has been labeled “the most successful alliance in history,” and depending on how one defines success, this label is fairly accurate. However, the alliance faces a fundamental challenge today, one that might mean the operative phrase in that superlative is “in history.”

At 75, NATO Is Still Worth the Price

By: EBR | Thursday, April 4, 2024

The North Atlantic Alliance should justifiably mark the seventy-fifth year since its founding, but this may not be the time to pop champagne corks

The Western military alliance is considering ways to protect and assure long-term support to Ukraine, based on a plan tabled by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, dubbed the ‘Mission for Ukraine’ proposal.

NATO mulls safety net plans for Ukraine, concerned about US disengagement

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 3, 2024

NATO members are considering transitioning coordination of military deliveries to Ukraine as well as a €100 billion fund to secure long-term support and be able to weather any major political shift across the Western military alliance

What we found in our research was that the Hamas terrorists have conducted intentional, brutal, sadistic and systematic crimes in the terror scenes - the Nova party, the little villages- and in captivity. These are horrific crimes against humanity and no one can stay silent. Denial of these crimes gives legitimisation to these atrocities.”

Fresh appeal for hostages to be released as humanitarian “catastrophe” in Gaza worsens

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

A new report states that “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”, may be continuing against those still being held by Hamas and other extremists in the Gaza Strip

Instead, Iran has firmly anchored itself not so much in “the East” but in the anti-Western or, at least, “alternatives-to-the-West” camp.

Iran’s Global Posture Hides Domestic Insecurities

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

If it wasn’t such a serious matter, one could call Iran the comeback kid


Domestically, the March 31 ballot will have an impact on the country’s economy and governance model. Policy changes on these fronts will be a useful indicator of Turkey’s future direction.

Why the West Should Watch Turkey’s Local Elections

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 26, 2024

On March 31, the citizens of Turkey will vote to choose municipal councilors and mayors

Specifically, Brazil, a successful developing world democracy, can claim diplomatic and business interoperability with both Germany as well as Ethiopia, where President de Silva’s comments were made.

Brazil’s EU Opportunity During The G-20 Presidency

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 20, 2024

President Lula da Silva unscripted comments a few days prior to the summit that inadvertently eclipsed ceremonies

Stoltenberg also said he expected to see the figures go upward before the NATO summit on 9-11 July in Washington. He will present an update before then, because in the next few months, “We will have more numbers because there will be new decisions,” he said.

NATO launches charm offensive ahead of US elections

By: EBR | Friday, March 15, 2024

Support in the US for NATO is high and Europe’s investment in defence is higher than ever, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said

Sweden and Finland should be welcomed into NATO for many reasons, and they can both be expected to work hard to fit the bill.

Sweden and Finland Add Both Muscle and Risk to NATO

By: EBR | Thursday, March 7, 2024

In a bigger NATO with waning leadership, new members could bolster a political appetite for dialogue with Russia

A research note by the Lille-based IESEG School of Management found “statistical evidence that the EU sanctions are massively circumvented” for so-called “high priority items”, which are subject to EU export restrictions and include manufacturing equipment and electrical components with potential military applications.

EU sanctions on Russia ‘massively circumvented’ via third countries, study finds

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 27, 2024

EU sanctions on Russia are being “massively circumvented” via third countries, a study revealed

“PM Rutte has a deep understanding of the importance of the alliance, is a natural leader and communicator, and his leadership would serve the Alliance well at this critical time.”

Dutch PM Rutte in strong position to lead NATO with US, UK, French and German backing

By: EBR | Friday, February 23, 2024

The United States, Britain, France and Germany all backed outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to succeed Jens Stoltenberg as the head of NATO

The five largest Western oil and gas companies – Shell, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and TotalEnergies – have amassed profits of more than $281 billion (€261billion) since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to a report published by Global Witness on Monday (19 February).

Big oil profits top €260bn since start of Ukraine war: report

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 20, 2024

European and US oil majors have made record profits totalling more than €260 billion since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started in February 2022

It is a serious process that delivered a good outcome on December 7, when Armenian detainees were released in return for Armenia dropping a veto on Azerbaijan hosting the COP-29 climate summit in Baku at the end of 2024.

In The Caucasus, Another Year of War or Peace

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 13, 2024

As in Ukraine, so in the South Caucasus, 2024 will be a critical year, and one that will also test European decisionmakers

"You want to be free and prosperous like Lutfi Mashour? Then hurry and make peace with the Israelis."

Can There Ever Be a Real Peace Between Israelis and Arabs?

By: EBR | Friday, January 19, 2024

On May 4, 1994, as the Spokesman of the Rabin Government, I went to Cairo for the signing of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement

Zelensky is highly valued for his future role in reconstruction, preparing for EU accession and preserving Ukraine’s democracy, while Zaluzhny is associated with securing military victory.

Ukraine’s New Year of Military and Political Challenges

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 17, 2024

It is only mid-January and the list of worrying developments regarding Ukraine is already very long

The military action also raised the question of whether Washington was returning to its long-standing and controversial role of global policeman, which the US appeared to have abandoned since President Barack Obama.

Is the global policeman back?

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The recent US-UK strikes against Houthi positions in Yemen have received uneven support from EU countries, reviving memories of transatlantic divisions

The narrative of Kazakhstan is one of transformation, and the world is invited to partake in its unfolding economic saga.

Central Asian giant Kazakhstan stands at a pivotal juncture

By: EBR | Monday, January 15, 2024

With a strategic goal to double its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2029 to a staggering $450 billion, it beckons the global investor community to witness its metamorphosis

The Taiwanese themselves will probably hardly think about that in the polling stations.

Taiwanese elections’ impact on global economy

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 12, 2024

Taiwan occupies a key position in the global economy, especially in the chip industry

But beyond helping to secure multilateral language on energy, the EU needs to take a good look at the coherence of its policies at home to turn this win into a racetrack for transformation.

The Day After COP28: The Heat Is On

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 10, 2024

For the first time in thirty years of climate negotiations, Conferences of the Parties (COPs) have started pivoting from greenhouse gas emission to energy pledges

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