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"Following the G7 summit, the European Union and Germany pledged a further €1.4 billion to fund vaccine procurement across Africa."

Protect innovation, not greed

Emmanuel Macron was the first EU leader to pledge to offer surplus COVID vaccine supplies ahead of last week’s G7 summit and the French president got plenty of laudatory media coverage

"Universal immunization, for the planet’s 7.8 billion people, does not seem feasible — even if everyone wanted to have the vaccine, which they do not, and given that there are as yet no vaccines for children."

Immunizing the World: Can We Do It?

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

Global governance on immunization against COVID 19 has failed quite badly so far. The West will experience a blowback

"EU now has to decide what kind of relationship, if any, it intends to pursue with Russia. When it comes to foreign and security policy, particularly with regard to Moscow, Berlin’s role is crucial. But strategy is not part of the German lexicon."

Why the Europeans Don’t Have a Russia Policy

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The leaders of the EU’s institutions and member governments need Germany to shape a strategic policy toward Russia. But Chancellor Angela Merkel is not prepared to take on this task

"The Third Generation of China’s elite families will be shaped by this and will see their fortunes rise or fall in accordance to how well they are adapted to this very different environment."

China’s Superclans: The Third Generation

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Wealth never survives three generations, unless you’re in China. The Chinese Economic Miracle over the past 70 years has in effect been the world’s largest continuous endogenous wealth creation event in history

“Whoever becomes the leader in AI [or artificial intelligence] will become the ruler of the world,” Vladimir Putin once famously said.

Here’s what you need to know about the new AI ’arms race’

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

In the current geopolitical theater, a global race towards leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) should come as no surprise

“We will continue to monitor activity that could lead to additional penalties including sanctions, but I think it would be wrong to think of sanctions as the only tool in our toolbox here.”

US sees progress against Nord Stream 2 amid calls for more action

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The United States said Monday (22 February) it had seen progress from European companies moving out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, but critics urged stronger action

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"German history should not be an obstacle — but an inducement to a better, more European-minded and circumspectly arranged future."

Mr. Steinmeier’s Major Faux Pas

By: EBR | Monday, February 22, 2021

North Stream 2: Is the gas pipeline’s completion really mandated by history, as the German President has claimed?

"It is interesting for the EU that Biden, during the telephone conversation with Xi Jinpeng expressed his ‘deep concerns’ about the ‘human rights violations’ in Xingjian, where the Uyghur Muslim minority lives."

Is Biden strengthening Trump’s (anti-) China policy? But this time with allies?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Last Sunday US President Joe Biden had a call with China’s President for the first time since taking office

"The dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss cannot be solved without stopping tropical deforestation."

Collective action to enable sustainable growth will be critical to end tropical deforestation

By: EBR | Friday, February 5, 2021

It is now universally accepted that there is no solution to the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss without ending tropical deforestation

"There is no doubt that the astonishing human ingenuity which led to the successful development of effective and safe vaccines in record time provides a light at the end of the tunnel."

A vaccination race between nations can have no winners

By: EBR | Thursday, February 4, 2021

In 2020, one of the world’s most pressing challenges was to develop a vaccine against COVID-19

"Business leaders will need to cultivate ’businessworthy’ mindsets to make building a new era of inclusion and sustainability a reality."

How leaders can harness the power of finance and technology for social good

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has undone progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

"We must come together to ensure the Age of Collaboration, in which we can build a better world."

From an Age of Disagreement to an Age of Collaboration

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Polarization has created the Age of Disagreement, which threatens to derail progress to the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The “Global Humanitarian Overview 2021” published on December 1st, 2020 by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has found that the humanitarian needs for this year reached a record number.

2021 Aid for Development Dilemmas and Stratcom Solutions for Donors

By: EBR | Monday, February 1, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic scaled up the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis, and donors around the world must face the existing challenges and deliver

The Chinese Defense Ministry called the flights a response to ‘foreign interference and provocations by the forces pushing for independence of Taiwan’.

China warns Taiwan: Independence means war!

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, February 1, 2021

Chinese warplanes flew more than two dozen sorties near Taiwan, as Beijing staged its largest show of aerial force toward the island democracy since mid-September

"We must refocus actions for increasing sustainable water production to underpin progress in all the other challenges we face, from SDGs to Corporate Risk."

If you want to make progress on all the major global challenges, start with water

By: EBR | Friday, January 29, 2021

As we move into 2021, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the challenges that our planet faces

"Building on the UK and US’ long history of cooperation in defence and security, they re-committed to the importance of the NATO alliance, seriously questioned by Biden’s predecessor but also by French President Macron."

Joe Biden called Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

After the traditional first calls of a new US President to the leaders of the neighbour countries Mexico and Canada, UK Prime Minister Johnson was the first European leader to speak with Joe Biden last Saturday evening

Kwasniewski wanted his country’s southeastern neighbors to be part of a Europe whole and free—or, as he put it, “a pluralistic, open, and new Europe.”

The Baltic States Rally for Change in Belarus and Russia

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Smaller EU countries are punching above their weight in defending values and supporting pro-democracy forces in the EU’s neighborhood. They are preparing for the day after in Minsk and Moscow

“To build small cliques or start a new Cold War, to reject, threaten or intimidate others… will only push the world into division,” Xi said.

China’s Xi warns against ‘new Cold War’ in Davos speech

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (25 January) in Davos called for a return to multilateralism, warning against a “new Cold War”, and urged global unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Will Germany take a leading role in the EU to defend the rule of law and discuss myriad concerns with Russia?

North Stream 2: What the Germans Must Do for Transatlantic Solidarity

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

As much as the current German government would wish otherwise, the North Stream 2 pipeline controversy continues to threaten European unity as well as transatlantic solidarity

The United States leads, with an overall score of 44.6 points on a 100-point scale, followed by China with 32 and the European Union with 23.3, the report based on 2020 data found.

US leading race in artificial intelligence, China rising, EU lagging: survey

By: EBR | Monday, January 25, 2021

The United States is leading rivals in development and use of artificial intelligence while China is rising quickly and European Union is lagging

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