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It is also about the lives of the 8.2 million refugees—a fifth of Ukraine’s population—who have found safety in other European countries. And don’t forget the 5.9 million internally displaced people.

Ukrainians wait for their return home

Over several days of non-stop meetings in Europe, the Middle East, and at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s messaging was clear

The Washington Consensus was a negative sum game. Unbeknownst to even its creators (or at least most of them), and unbeknownst to its future adherents, it had one single outcome – the creation of a Chinese superpower.

A New “Washington Consensus”: A Holy Grail?

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

There is a renewed debate over the relevance of the “Washington Consensus“

The two sides agreed to take measures to ensure the safe and stable operation of the Kazakh section of the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline. They also agreed to deepen cooperation in oil and uranium.

Central Asia leaders converge in China as Xi touts ‘enduring’ friendship

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

Central Asian heads of state converged in China’s historic city of Xian for one-on-ones with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to seal pledges of “enduring” friendship, and paving the way for a summit expected to result in a regional pact with Beijing

Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban have been violently chipping away at progress made over the 20 years since they were ousted in a US-led invasion. Women have been stripped of their rights and are increasingly faced with human rights violations at the hands of the regime.

Women’s rights continue to deteriorate in Afghanistan, MEPs say more can be done

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

A new map created by the Afghan Witness project shows documented evidence of women’s rights deteriorating in Afghanistan

The EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the decision “represents an important step in this direction by bringing Activision’s popular games to many more devices and consumers than before, thanks to cloud game streaming”.

EU approves Microsoft-Activision merger, at odds with UK, US regulators

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The EU antitrust authorities have approved Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of gaming company Activision Blizzard just weeks after regulators in London blocked Microsoft’s biggest takeover to date

Taiwan has not been invited to the World Health Assembly since 2017. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is abating and dialogue on strengthening health systems worldwide is accelerating, Taiwan should not be left out. Taiwan can help, and Taiwan’s inclusion would make the world healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable.

Sustainable health development in the postpandemic era

By: EBR | Monday, May 15, 2023

As the world enters the fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is gradually improving

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The mainstream debate is still rooted in a dual assumption: First, the German car industry is central to Germany’s economic success. And second, because its main car manufacturers are dependent on the Chinese market for sales, Germany must placate the Chinese leadership.

Germany’s “China Connection“ Revisited

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 10, 2023

There is a huge gap between German business interests in the People’s Republic of China and Germany’s national economic interest

If the West abandons globalization, this is fully understandable from the mercantilist perspective of national grandeur. Colbert would approve.

Can the West abandon globalization?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Going back to mercantilism and trade blocs

A series of anniversaries of painful turning points in Turkiye’s recent history will remind the electorate of the country’s economic and geopolitical dependencies and potentially shape public opinion.

Green politics could have an outsized impact on Turkiye’s elections

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Turkiye’s upcoming elections have been labeled the world’s most important in 2023

"The EU is probably not able to admit more members, but it should be."

Is the EU Ready for Further Enlargement?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made EU enlargement a geopolitical imperative

While Arab states including the United Arab Emirates have pressed to end Assad’s isolation, some have been opposed to full normalisation without a political solution to the Syrian conflict, seeking conditions for Syria’s return.

Arab League readmits Syria as relations with Assad normalise

By: EBR | Monday, May 8, 2023

The Arab League readmitted Syria after more than a decade of suspension, consolidating a regional push to normalise ties with President Bashar al-Assad in a move criticised by Washington

Sharing these sentiments is Viktor Petrov, another independent candidate, who might be the most active and vocal advocate for restoring relations. Petrov is currently the chairman of People’s Union of Gagauzia, a pro-Russian populist group he founded in June 2022 to increase his visibility in the lead-up to this weekend’s elections.

Gagauzia’s election could help Russia destabilize Moldova

By: EBR | Friday, April 28, 2023

A new governor will be elected on April 30 in Gagauzia, a traditionally pro-Russian autonomous region in southern Moldova

Although the new agreement does not change trade relations between the EU and the ACP or feature a component on EU aid, the failure to ratify it had prompted concerns among European Commission officials that the bloc would be viewed as an unreliable partner.

Hungary drops EU-Africa treaty veto after guarantee on sexual rights

By: EBR | Friday, April 21, 2023

Hungary will drop its veto on the EU’s new treaty with the African, Caribbean and Pacific community after securing assurances from the European Commission that the treaty will not take any powers on migration control

It is unlikely that WTO members would agree to multilateralize this protection, even within the framework of variable geometry, until more bilateral and plurilateral agreements address these 21st century issues.

Re-Globalization, Seriously?

By: EBR | Friday, April 21, 2023

Modernizing the trade system to meet 21st century challenges requires moving beyond the WTO’s consensus system

While food prices overall remained unchanged from the previous month and food at home fell by 0.3 percent, energy prices decreased by as much as 3.5 percent over the same time period (and 6.4 percent year-over-year.)

Inflation reaches lowest point in almost two years

By: EBR | Thursday, April 20, 2023

Inflation in the U.S. cooled to the lowest point in almost two years in March as year-over-year price increases reached 5 percent

Lavrov, on a visit to Brasilia, met with Lula and thanked Brazil for its efforts to resolve the conflict. But a White House spokesman accused Lula of “parroting Russian and Chinese propaganda without looking at the facts.”

Lula draws Russian praise, US scorn for Ukraine views

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva drew criticism from the United States for his recent comments suggesting the West had been “encouraging” war by arming Ukraine, while he was praised by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for his proposal for peace talks

ust as the European Union’s June 2022 move to grant Ukraine candidate status that would anchor it economically, socially, and politically to Europe, a decision by NATO to invite Ukraine to join the alliance would complement the EU’s offer.

Why Ukraine Needs Security Guarantees

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Russia’s war is about preventing Ukraine from completing its transition to modernity. The West can stop this by offering Kyiv a NATO membership road map at the approaching summit

As such, the time has come for the international community to hold a global dialogue on the ocean to properly consult actors and effectively feed into this long-awaited process.

UN High Seas Treaty: Why we need a global dialogue on the ocean

By: EBR | Friday, April 7, 2023

The United Nations’ High Seas Treaty has finally been signed and aspires to "universal participation" for the first time, marking a giant step for the ocean and its governance

In fact, if the entire aviation sector were a country, it would be one of the top 10 carbon-polluting nations on the planet.

Airline industry "doing its bit" to cut its carbon footprint

By: EBR | Thursday, April 6, 2023

The aviation industry is undertaking a broad set of actions to curtail carbon emissions, says the Aerospace Industries Association

Von der Leyen’s attitude toward Russia’s attack on Ukraine is linked to her view of China. The speech she gave in Brussels on March 30, 2023, was about how the EU had to put in place a coherent security, economic, and trade policy toward China.

EU’s Dangerous Dependence on China

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Europe is waking up to the malevolent influence of the Chinese regime

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