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"The beautiful dream of an open and free internet, serving as a global agora of unlimited free speech to provide for more popular participation in U.S. democracy, just crashed and burned one more time."

How to Deal with US Social Media: Mr. Biden, Revoke Section 230

In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, incited and planned over platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, many are calling for changes

"We cannot help but reflect on what COVID-19, the worst pandemic in a century, has taught us. One of the most important lessons is that global problems more than ever require multilateral solutions."

Multilateralism is a principle, not an option

By: EBR | Friday, January 15, 2021

China and the EU need to join forces to provide more global public goods and set a good example of global cooperation

"In recent weeks, the EU received a lot of criticism for the investment agreement it has concluded with China. It was established under high pressure from Angela Merkel who wanted to make the agreement the icing on the cake of the German EU Presidency in the second half of last year."

Boris Johnson makes EU blush with sanctions against China

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 14, 2021

London will punish companies that profit from forced Uyghur labour. This pushes the EU even more into a corner

“As the world moves towards increasing techno-nationalism, the possibility of complete digital disintegration requires sober analysis.”

EU companies in China warned to ‘prepare for the worst’ in digital decoupling

By: EBR | Thursday, January 14, 2021

Digital decoupling between China and the United States could severely impact EU businesses in China and they should “prepare for the worst” and may be forced into a costly separation of their international operations

"The German Chancellor will be stepping down later this year and has always made a great ado about deep appreciation of the United States."

Merkel’s EU China Policy: Double Crossing Joe Biden

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Surprisingly, Germany’s veteran Chancellor is replicating Gerhard Schroder’s moves to poison the transatlantic relationship — in her case by eagerly doing China’s bidding inside the EU

“Executive branch agencies should consider all ‘contact guidelines’ regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the US Department of State under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void”.

Taiwan welcomes easing restrictions by the US

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

The US eased restrictions governing diplomats’ and other officials’ dealings with Taiwan officials, Secretary of State Pompeo said

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 “It took over 200 years for levels to increase by 25%, but now just over 30 years later we are approaching a 50% increase.”

CO2 levels to breach 50% rise from pre-industrial era in 2021

By: EBR | Friday, January 8, 2021

Human activity will push concentrations of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to levels 50% higher than before the industrial revolution this year, breaching a symbolic climate change threshold

"In the future, the EU should aim for a more consistent China policy across the areas where it considers China as a partner, as a competitor, or as a systemic rival."

Judy Asks: Is the EU-China Deal a Mistake?

By: EBR | Friday, January 8, 2021

The EU’s new investment deal with China robs the bloc of leverage, contradicts its policy of working closely with the United States on Beijing, and makes a mockery of Europe’s commitment to values

"Historical, the Democrats certainly have reason to cheer, but with the slightest difference imaginable in the Senate (50 to 50, with a casting vote for new Vice resident Kamala Harris), they have to compromise with the Republican opposition on some points."

Democratic Senate will not give Biden wings

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Democrats took control of the US Senate last night, winning two seats in the southern state of Georgia

"Kazakhstan will soon need a national resilience strategy, which articulates together with a national soft power strategy, both of which will act as the transmission belts between internal stability and prosperity and the dynamics of world affairs."

Read between the lines Kazakhstan’s messages in 2021

By: EBR | Thursday, January 7, 2021

In a recent bold article on the long history and presence of the Kazakhs in Central Asia since millennia, president Tokayev seems to be saying that Kazakhstan will show up any regional states that may be tempted to gluttonously look at Kazakhstan’s territory

"If we are lucky, the post-pandemic will bring us all closer together — because those of us who were fortunate enough to survive will look at our fellow-human beings, first and foremost as such, joint survivors of a long and dark struggle."

2021: The Year of the Great Appreciation

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Not a New Year’s prediction, but looking at the rays of hope that could re-energize us all

Raina MacIntyre, head of the Kirby Institute’s Biosecurity Research Program in Australia, said the investigation needed to draw “a comprehensive global picture of the epidemiological clues”, including any evidence COVID-19 was present outside of China before December 2019.

China doubles down on COVID narrative as WHO investigation looms

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 5, 2021

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, but also shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began

“We have to be careful, but as long as China is in agreement, there could be an official announcement from Brussels and Beijing by the end of the week.”

EU clears way for China investment pact

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 29, 2020

EU member states gave political backing to Brussels’ planned investment pact with China on Monday (28 December), clearing the way for a deal between the world’s biggest economic blocs

"International politics saw a surge in new words and a return of old expressions—going through some of them can give us a flavor of the year few will look back to with nostalgia."

2020 in Words: Decolonisation, Mask Diplomacy, and Kung Flu

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 23, 2020

International politics saw a surge in new words and a return of old expressions. Going through some of them gives us a flavor of the year of 2020, which few of us will look back to with nostalgia

"Various forecasts predict that by 2024, when Biden’s mandate comes to an end, China will become the largest economy in the world, followed by the United States and India."

A Different World for Joe Biden

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Four years after Joe Biden concluded his tenure as Vice President of the United States, as U.S. President he encounters a very different world

According to the UN, around 70 countries worldwide have been identified as aid-dependent.

A funding gap is hurting developing countries’ efforts to contain COVID-19

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 22, 2020

For most low and middle-income countries, global aid is a major source of funding for health security systems

"In the coming years, dozens of new coal mines will be opened in South Africa, Russia, Mozambique and in Australia."

IEA: ‘Decline of global coal consumption is halting’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The decline in global coal consumption is coming to a halt, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts in its just published ‘Annual Coal Report’

"The virus knows no borders and has no interest in the nationality of its victims".

The Coronavirus Vaccine Is a Chance for Europe’s Soft Power in Africa

By: EBR | Friday, December 18, 2020

The rollout of coronavirus vaccines across Europe is imminent. But the EU should seize the opportunity to also share the vaccines with Africa, which would boost mutual trust and the EU’s soft power

"Mr. Biden will turn to his European allies to address pressing global issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and dealing with China and Russia, respectively. And he will look to Germany — and Europe — for more international engagement."

Joe Biden and the US’s Pivot to Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, December 17, 2020

Faced with the Biden administration, Germany must finally come to terms with its geostrategic obligations and commitments

"Demonstrations have been outlawed, elections postponed, and activists subject to even greater repression in a health emergency the political impact of which will still be felt when the pandemic is over."

Freedom: another casualty of COVID-19 pandemic

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Measures imposed by governments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have squeezed civil liberties worldwide, with authoritarian regimes seeking to exploit the restrictions as a way to shore up their sometimes shaky control on fast-changing societies, rights groups say

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