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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

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

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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

Paper is listed as one among the four big Chinese inventions (the other three are the compass, gun powder and printing). Perhaps it will be the first country to “dis-invent” paper, too.

Paperless China?

By: EBR | Monday, January 8, 2024

China is considered to have been the first country (civilization) to have created the modern version of paper

Only the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – signatories to the Abraham Accords with Israel – have specifically condemned Hamas for its murderous attack, which invoked the harsh response from Israel.

After the Gaza war, conditions could be right for a broader Israel-Arab peace deal

By: EBR | Friday, January 5, 2024

Although the Gaza war was initiated by the inhuman attack of Hamas on Israel, on Oct. 7, the official Arab response was to blame Israel for it

Russia warned Finland this month over a new defence agreement granting the United States broad access to the vicinity of the Finnish border with Russia.

Finland first to suffer if Russia-NATO tensions escalate- Russian diplomat

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Finland will be the first country to suffer in the event of an escalation of tensions between Russia and NATO due to its proximity to the former

Assuming that the war with Hamas eventually will end one way or another, the dilemma of how to deal with the northern threat will remain: Should Israel continue to contain it, as it has since the Second Lebanon War in 2006? Or should Israel launch a preventive war to eliminate Hezbollah’s capability of harassing the Jewish state?

After Israel finishes with Hamas, should it go after Hezbollah in a pre-emptive strike?

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Since Oct. 7, Israel has made a decision to avoid a two-front war, namely, deal with Hamas first and then shift the attention to the north

“The road from COP28 will, it seems, lead to Baku, possibly the world’s first ‘oil capital’ a thousand years ago, where Marco Polo documented oil being traded, and where tourists can still top up their health by getting into a bath of crude,” Richard Black of the energy think tank Ember wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another oil state hosting climate summit? Azerbaijan clears hurdle

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Petro-state Azerbaijan has cleared a key hurdle to host next year’s UN climate summit despite the controversy over COP28 taking place in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates

EU negotiators may think they have time on their hands; that Mercosur and Australia will come back to the negotiating table because they want access to the world’s biggest market.

EU’s Trade Ambitions Hit Reality

By: EBR | Friday, December 8, 2023

The collapse of EU trade talks with Australia and Mercosur is a big blow for Brussels

Ukraine was scheduled to hold presidential elections next year and these would inevitably pit Zelenskyy against Poroshenko again.

Dormant conflict between Poroshenko and Zelenskyy comes to light

By: EBR | Thursday, December 7, 2023

A long-standing conflict between the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the incumbent, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, came to light

As the next EU-China summit is due to take place in Beijing on 7-8 December, one is reminded of Stalin’s witty “how many divisions has the Pope”? In the case of the EU, the question is not only about the leverage Europe can muster to move China, but also about the internal divisions and cracks that show among Member States.

EU vs China: how many divisions?

By: EBR | Monday, December 4, 2023

The oncoming EU-China Summit will not lead to grand changes in both superpowers’ fraught relationship, and it is high time the EU starts thinking collectively on pushing back against China’s bullying ways

The Saudi story increasingly receives global attention, as the Al Arabiya news television channel serves as a potent tool of soft power for the country, projecting the kingdom’s perspectives on regional and global issues and influencing public opinion through its wide-reaching media presence.

Saudi’s New Era of Investment

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The leitmotif of Saudi economics and business development has been for the better part of a few decades quite simple: crude oil

The EU is the biggest provider of such aid to Palestinians and has earmarked some €1.2 billion for its programmes between 2021 and 2024.

EU says no Palestinian aid going to Hamas, programmes to continue

By: EBR | Thursday, November 23, 2023

No European Union development funds earmarked for Palestine have found their way to Hamas, the European Commission said

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