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The United States and Greece shared views on the Eastern Mediterranean and reaffirmed their belief that maritime delimitation issues should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law.

Joint Statement Regarding the High-Level Review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

By: EBR | Monday, September 28, 2020

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo conducted a high-level review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on September 28, 2020, in anticipation of the third Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, DC in 2021

As the President of the European Commission, Ms von der Leyen mentioned in her first State of the Union address, “[the EU] will continue to believe in open and fair trade across the world. Not as an end in itself – but as a way to deliver prosperity at home and promote our values and standards”.

Taiwan: The EU’s ideal supply chain partner in Asia

By: EBR | Monday, September 28, 2020

Much ink has been spilled on the topic of the relationship between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China over recent weeks; from imbalanced trade to values and principles

"For all the talk about a European geopolitical strategy, exerting maximum political and economic pressure on Russia would be speaking the language of power that is actually in line with European liberal values."

EU to Russia: Stay Out of Belarus

By: EBR | Friday, September 25, 2020

The European Union and its member states should put maximum pressure on Russia to follow their example and not meddle with the internal affairs of Belarus. Let the Belarusians deal with their own situation

“This is the most important announcement on global climate policy in at least the last five years,” Niklas Hohne, a partner at German-based New Climate Institute, one of the two organisations behind CAT, said.

China’s carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C, researchers say

By: EBR | Thursday, September 24, 2020

President Xi Jinping’s pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century

"Arabs in the past have projected solutions as the need to address Palestinian rights while accepting Israel’s existence."

Israel and the Arab World: A Tectonic Shift

By: EBR | Thursday, September 24, 2020

The truly historic nature of the UAE-Israel deal is in the fine print

“The EPP will have to make a choice and take a position over the scandals,” said Daniel Smilov, program director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia.

How the Citizens of Belarus and Bulgaria Are Held Hostage

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The European Union’s commitment to democratic values are close to shatters as Cyprus and the European People’s Party contribute to keeping autocratic or corrupt leaders in power

“A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”

US-China tensions take centre stage at UN, Guterres warns against a new ‘Cold War’

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (22 September) that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation

"In recent decades, no single Jew in the United States spoke so eloquently and, more importantly, did so much as “RBG” to promote equality for all Americans."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Titan on Values and the 2020 Election Risks

By: EBR | Monday, September 21, 2020

A personal perspective from an American Jew at a truly momentous time in U.S. history

In a speech the day after Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden himself referred to a ‘Harris-Biden administration’! If that is how they want it, from now on it is ‘the Harris-Biden campaign’.

The ‘Harris-Biden’ campaign and the ‘law and order’ issue

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, September 21, 2020

On Monday 14 September Democratic Vice-President candidate Kamala Harris referred in public to something she called the ‘Harris administration’

It is necessary to analyse why the destructive forces have the upper hand - what are their resources? – in order to strategise better for the protection and sustainable management of the world ecology.

The battle for the planet: Who are the players?

By: EBR | Friday, September 18, 2020

The world has become an ecological battlefield where large segments of mankind are fighting Mother Nature and her allies

"If the US and China, and some of their respective partners, come increasingly to see the developing world as a zone of competition or even rivalry, it will likely be injurious to the development effort as a whole."

How US-China tensions could hamper development efforts

By: EBR | Thursday, September 17, 2020

Through much of the Cold War, international development was simultaneously an important policy objective in its own right, and an arena of superpower competition

"Turkey’s economy is already in a tailspin. The EU will shortly be deciding on sanctions. If they are well thought through and effective that alone will make Turkey’s sustainability suffer further."

The Fallacy of Appeasement

By: EBR | Thursday, September 17, 2020

We are unfortunately re-living a period that closely resembles the first forty years of the 20th Century. The first was the dissolution of Imperial Germany with Hitler trying to revenge the treaty of Versailles. Now we are belatedly facing a replay in the form of the Treaty of Sevres with Turkey trying to reinstate the Ottoman Empire

In a conversation with Taiwan’s new ambassador to the EU, Dr Ming-Yen Tsai, the Ambassador described how his country coped, as the only one in the world which had to survive the pandemic without a relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ambassador Tsai: ‘In these days of China’s aggressive and expansive behaviour, Taiwan needs friends all over the world’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, is more than ever in the global spotlight

"The Abraham Accord is a major breakthrough in international and regional diplomacy. The establishment could also have been a great opportunity for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table."

Major breakthrough for Israel, but it remains silent in Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This third Tuesday in September was a big day for Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In the White House, the countries signed a peace treaty

Trump is down by 4% among registered voters with some college experience, down 28% among college graduates and down a whopping 40% among voters with post-graduate degrees.

US Presidential Election: 2020 Is Not 2016

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Joe Biden will be vilified more and more by the Trump campaign as the election approaches. But this vilification is likely to be confined to inside the right-wing echo chamber

"China’s President Xi Jinping, whose own father (a leader of the Communist Revolution) was jailed for 16 years, has refused to admit the evil of that era."

A Lesson from China’s Cultural Revolution

By: EBR | Friday, September 11, 2020

What can other countries learn from the devastating effects of China’s “Cultural Revolution”?

The U.S. population of over 330 million is 4.25% of the total world population, but its prison population of nearly 2.3 million people is approximately 20% of the global prison population.

US Prisons: Outrageously Unjust

By: EBR | Thursday, September 10, 2020

The time is overdue to reform the US prison system. It reflects very poorly on the country‘s moral values

‘While there is a bit of a slowdown in hiring, once you strip out the census numbers, this is still a positive surprise’.

US unemployment rate drops to 8.4%, labour market rebounds further

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 9, 2020

US employers added 1.4 million jobs in August, sending the unemployment rate back below the peak of the global financial crisis to 8.4%

"Across the globe, digital incumbents face new and dynamic competitors. Within the G7, France was able to advance most in its relative digital competitiveness between 2017 and 2019, which makes the country our top Digital Riser in this group; conversely, Italy and Germany decreased the most within the G7."

Which countries are making the most progress in digital competitiveness?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 8, 2020

We are in the middle of a technological revolution in which artificial intelligence, 3D printing, virtual reality and other technologies are converging

"NATO’s purpose as an organization is to ensure the collective defense of its members on the basis of its founding Washington Treaty. It was never designed to adjudicate disputes between its members. It should therefore not come as a surprise that NATO is paralyzed over the current Greece-Turkey conflict."

Is NATO Paralyzed Over the Greece-Turkey Conflict?

By: EBR | Friday, September 4, 2020

Tensions are rising dangerously in the Eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, two members of NATO. But can the world’s most powerful military alliance do anything to de-escalate the crisis?

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Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

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While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

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