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Nasrallah said his Iran-backed group had been informed that Israel could use airports and bases in Cyprus if Hezbollah struck Israeli airports.

Hezbollah threatens war against Cyprus if Nicosia keeps helping Israel

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned “no place” in Israel would be spared in case of full-blown war against the Lebanese group, and threatened Cyprus if it opened its airports to Israel

If current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4% of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030 – up from 23.4% of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.

Muslims: A Global Perspective

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Muslims make up around a quarter of the world’s population. What are the facts?

Indeed, Egypt has been a European partner for the better part of several millennia, as little of European history can dispense with the ancient civilisation which has been both a progenitor of many elements of European civilisation as well as a trade and economic partner for most of European history.

A Case For Closer Cooperation With Egypt

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Writing over at Foreign Affairs, Stephen Kotkin stresses that powers such as China and Russia do not necessarily see themselves as characters in Shaw’s Pygmalion

Stoltenberg’s visit comes as Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said last month he was seeking to “redefine” the terms of his country’s NATO membership over opposition to the alliance’s military support to Ukraine.

NATO chief to visit Hungary, expected to define Budapest’s opt-out on Ukraine support

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 12, 2024

After Hungary requested exemption from military support to Ukraine in return for unblocking key alliance decisions, all eyes are on NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

The EU should launch a comprehensive “Containing Russia” package to show that Europe is determined to deny Russia access to all the technological and financial tools its economy requires.

It’s time Europe adopted a tough "Containing Russia" strategy

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Putin is winning. Worse, the West is allowing him to win

The latest survey highlights the escalating challenges confronting businesses and policy-makers. Tensions between political and economic dynamics will be a growing challenge for decision-makers this year, according to 86% of respondents, while 79% expect heightened complexity to weigh on decision-making.

Chief Economists: The Economic Outlook Is Brightening But Political Risks Loom Large in 2024

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 29, 2024

82% of chief economists expect the global economy to remain stable or strengthen this year – almost twice as many as in late 2023


Taiwan’s diplomatic allies have already sent a letter to WHO Director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and demanded that its proposal backing Taiwan’s WHA observer status be included in this year’s agenda.

Taiwan reiterates commitment to joining WHO and WHA

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 29, 2024

During a news conference last week in Taipei City, the government of Taiwan urged the World Health Organisation to heed the voices of its 23 million people who want to join the UN special agency

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected for his third presidential mandate with 52 percent of the votes on May 28, 2023, his victory was seen as an illustration of his personal command over domestic politics, despite a deep economic crisis. His international role seemed to be enduring.

Turkey’s Dwindling International Role

By: EBR | Friday, May 24, 2024

This month marks the first year of Turkey’s current five-year legislature

Hungary under right-leaning Orban has become an important trade and investment partner for China, in contrast with some other EU nations that are considering becoming less dependent on the world’s second-largest economy.

Xi Jinping says China-Hungary relations an ‘all-weather’ strategic partnership

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 15, 2024

China and Hungary will embark on a “golden voyage” in bilateral relations, Chinese President Xi Jinping said after meeting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on the third and final stop of his first European tour in five years

Erdogan had every opportunity to become a great leader of a great nation – but fell victim to his irrepressible need for self-aggrandizement, entirely tactical use of religious zeal and ever-growing lust for power.

Erdogan’s Golden Opportunity

By: EBR | Thursday, May 9, 2024

Turkey’s President Erdogan could have emerged from the Israel-Hamas war as a peacemaker

China opened an anti-dumping investigation into brandy imported from the European Union in January, sparking fears cognac could suffer a similar blow to that taken by Australian wine when China introduced tariffs of up to 218.4%.

Chinese tariffs could leave cognac makers with too much brandy

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 8, 2024

High Chinese tariffs on EU brandy would leave French companies with vast amounts of cognac that could be hard to sell elsewhere

The chief executive of Shell, Wael Sawan, said that returning capital to shareholders continued to be a bigger priority than major mergers and acquisitions. ‘We still see that our share price is not reflective of the underlying valuation of the company’, he told The Times.

Shell profits beat forecasts

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Shell has reported better than expected profits for the first quarter of the year, having benefited from a stronger performance in oil trading and a recovery in refining margins

Even if the Trump argument did not win over the Congress vote this time around, the U.S. presidential election remains wide open—with a substantial part of Ukraine’s future at stake.

The U.S. Aid Package to Ukraine Is a Short-Term Fix

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The release of U.S. aid to Ukraine is one of many steps necessary to contain Russian aggression

However, the deep currents shaping U.S. politics, and its global posture, are challenging Europe’s ingrained assumption of reliance on the United States.

The War in Ukraine Will Either Forge or Splinter Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Political shifts in Europe and the United States risk deepening divisions within the EU

Taiwan believes that health is a human right. Yet the rights of Taiwan’s 23 million people are disregarded by WHO for political reasons.

Taiwan’s indispensability in preparing for future pandemics

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The three years of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a terrible loss of life and exacerbated health inequalities

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

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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

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