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"Chinese-claimed Taiwan said on Wednesday (22 September) it had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), less than a week after China submitted its application."

Taiwan blasts ‘arch criminal’ China for Pacific trade pact threats

China is an “arch criminal” intent on bullying Taiwan and has no right to oppose or comment on its bid to join a pan-Pacific trade pact, Taiwan’s government said in an escalating war of words over Taipei and Beijing’s decision to apply

"The support committee for Rusesabagina now has no choice but to increase the political pressure to free Kagame’s nemesis."

Rwandan national hero Rusesabagina sentenced to 25 years in prison; only political pressure can save him

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Paul Rusesabagina, who rescued more than 1200 compatriots in 1994 during the genocide by providing them with protection at his Mille Collines hotel, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday in his native Rwanda

"Politicians pander increasingly to green votes, but shy away from discussing the financial implications".

Soften climate change or suffer it, the cost will anyway be huge

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The world’s rich nations are aggravating the climate crisis. Although many see themselves as standard-bearers in the fight against global warming, the reality is very different

Tracking innovation around the globe in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

The World’s Most Innovative Countries, 2021

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Innovation has, in many ways, flourished over the past 19 months

"The EU included Taiwan on its list of trade partners for a potential bilateral investment agreement in 2015, the year before President Tsai Ing-wen first became Taiwan’s president, but has not held talks with Taiwan on the issue since then."

Taiwan calls for quick start to trade talks with EU

By: EBR | Friday, September 17, 2021

Taiwan’s government called on the European Union to quickly begin trade talks after the bloc pledged to seek a trade deal with the tech-heavyweight island, something Taipei has long angled for

"There are, of course, lingering questions about whether there is a larger U.S. retreat in order for Washington to focus on China, and the consequences this might have, as well as questions on the robustness of consultations across the Atlantic."

Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

By: EBR | Friday, September 17, 2021

The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions

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“It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens.”

The U.S. Supreme Court: Now a Roman Catholic Institution?

By: EBR | Thursday, September 16, 2021

Conservative Supreme Court Justices are making unaccountable and undemocratic decisions, much like the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith

“We expect the United States and our partners to step up too. Closing the climate finance gap together – the US and the EU – would be a strong signal for global climate leadership. It is time to deliver.”

US needs to step up on climate finance ahead of COP26, says EU chief

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The United States and other rich nations need to close the climate financing gap in order to increase the chances of success at the COP26 UN climate summit in November, the President of the European Commission has said

Multinationals need to do more to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

5 ways multinational corporations can have a greater impact on the SDGs

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Most multinational corporations (MNCs) are already using the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their sustainability strategies

“Our expectation is that depending on what’s going on in Afghanistan of course people in need of international protection might try to flee from Afghanistan. But what will very likely happen first is that the Afghan communities living abroad might try to move to the European Union.”

EU border agency preparing for surge in Afghans seeking asylum in Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, September 9, 2021

The EU is preparing for an influx of Afghans seeking asylum, whether or not people flee en masse from the new Taliban government, the chief of the EU border agency said

"Many Israelis, me included, pray every day for the health of this government, because we were ruled for too long by Netanyahu."

The Palestinian Question Remains Unaddressed in Biden-Bennett Talks

By: EBR | Thursday, September 9, 2021

While saying all the right things about Iran and the American-Israeli bond, not a serious word was wasted on the elephant in the room (and I don’t mean the Republican ghost of Donald Trump): the Palestinian question

“Some blocs are working on connectivity to create deep dependencies,” European Council President Charles Michel.

EU and US working together on trusted connectivity to counter China

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The European Union and the US are pushing for a trusted connectivity approach to ensure that the exponentially rising global demand for digital and physical infrastructure is shaped by democratic values

"Rich countries are defeating their own best interests through their neglect of poor countries."

Get real, rich countries! Only you can tackle climate change

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Climate change is no longer a matter for debate. Now the question is how, by when and indeed whether global warming can be tackled at all. This summer’s floods and fires revealed the dangerous extent of our self-delusion

Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said Afghanistan had “shown in a striking way that deficiencies in EU capacity to act autonomously comes with a price.”

Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Blaming NATO and the United States for the West’s failure in Afghanistan won’t help Europe establish a credible security and defense policy. Its continued absence leaves the EU’s citizens and neighborhoods vulnerable

With about 90% of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world’s CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing pressure to get cleaner.

Shipping industry proposes levy to speed up zero carbon future

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Leading shipping associations have proposed creating a global levy on carbon emissions from ships to help speed up the industry’s efforts to go greener

"Protecting civilians and their rights all too often gets overlooked in diplomatic calculations with the tragic consequences we have already witnessed in Kabul and beyond."

Should the West Talk to the Taliban?

By: EBR | Thursday, September 2, 2021

Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime

"The inability of Boris Johnson’s government to face up to that makes it impossible to define a new role for Britain in the world."

The Hollowness of Global Britain

By: EBR | Thursday, September 2, 2021

Illusions about the UK’s special relationship with the United States and a supposedly painless Brexit have been shed

"Nearly 77% of European external trade and 35% of all trade among EU member states occurs on maritime routes, it said."

Maritime transport emissions must be cut sharply, EU agency says

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Maritime transport emissions must be drastically cut further if the European Union hopes to become carbon neutral by 2050

"As many countries brace for another spike of the virus, prompted by the highly contagious Delta variant, the world looks up to the United Nations (UN) to ramp up comprehensive efforts to resolve the crisis, ensure better recovery, and rebuild sustainably."

Reimagining A More Resilient UN System With Taiwan In It

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 1, 2021

After more than 200 million infections and over 4 million deaths and counting, the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the globe

“The last US soldier has left Kabul airport and our country gained complete independence,” Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf said, according to Al Jazeera TV.

Taliban celebrate ‘complete independence’ as last US troops leave Afghanistan

By: EBR | Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Celebratory gunfire echoed across Kabul as Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn on Tuesday (31 August) following the withdrawal of the last US troops, ending 20 years of war that left the Islamic militia stronger than it was in 2001

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