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The creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area offers a particularly interesting counterpart with which to explore deeper economic integration over time.

Seven lessons for Europe’s China policy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 28, 2019

The EU must learn to see its peculiarities as strengths rather than weaknesses

«Trump started insulting and humiliating America’s warriors even while still a candidate. The obvious goal was to probe the military personnel’s reaction.»

After Gallagher: The Pentagon Faces a Big Purge

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Trump clearly wants to set enlisted men against their commanders. He wants them loyal not to the Constitution, but to himself personally

The new corporate giants propelled societies forward, but also created new imbalances – and almost immediately ran into resistance.

Why corporate citizens must become global catalysts

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Since the advent of the modern firm, businesses have had to contend with a fundamental paradox: society needs large organizations to solve complex collective problems, but also fears centralized authority and decision-making

Germany’s procrastination over security and defense should worry all NATO allies and all EU members.

NATO Needs a German Voice Now

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hold your breath! The American and French presidents’ provocative views on NATO are good for the alliance—provided Germany starts acting strategically

“When people suggest such ideas, I think that mankind could end up back in caves again,” Putin said.

Putin attacks ‘strange’ European plans to reduce gas usage

By: EBR | Thursday, November 21, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (20 November) rubbished European calls to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, saying that such ideas could lead to humans living in caves again

Without legal identification like a birth certificate, children are essentially invisible. They are at a higher risk of being excluded from basic things like education, health care and social services.

Give every child a legal identity

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Technology can help children obtain legal proof of who they are, says Henrietta Fore, the executive director of UNICEF

On May 1, 2018, Brazilian unions held the country’s first united Workers Day rally in decades in Curitiba. Thousands came. They returned for major actions every few months: New Year’s, the anniversary of Lula’s imprisonment, Lula’s 500th day in jail.

Brazil is in split, can former president Lula boost Brazil’s left or will he help unite the far right?

By: EBR | Monday, November 18, 2019

Lula’s freedom was never a foregone conclusion even after Brazil’s Supreme Court decided recently that it was unconstitutional to jail defendants before they had exhausted their appeals

“Turkey’s acquisition of sophisticated Russian military equipment, such as the S-400, creates some very serious challenges for us and we are talking about it constantly,” Trump told a joint news conference.

Despite ‘wonderful’ meeting, Trump and Erdogan fail to resolve conflicts

By: EBR | Thursday, November 14, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (13 November) pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defence system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as “wonderful.”

Consider some of the key elements of the conflict in Syria that have thus far functioned to Russia’s advantage.

Has Russia forged a new international security role?

By: EBR | Thursday, November 14, 2019

Russia is visibly capable of exercising significant influence on carefully selected matters where conditions allow Moscow to make the most of its strengths, whether military, diplomatic, or economic

Called “Climathon”, the initiative gives people the chance to work directly with their local towns and cities in addressing climate change.

Finding answers to the challenges of climate change

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The public has been urged to get involved in a citizen-led movement designed to tackle the climate emergency

"If we don’t make a deal, we’re going to substantially raise those tariffs," the president said.

Trump says US could ’substantially’ raise China tariffs if deal isn’t reached

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vacillated between optimism toward trade negotiations with China and renewed escalation threats, sowing uncertainty about the fate of an interim trade agreement between the largest economies

The EU has repeatedly warned Turkey to stop exploratory drilling activities in what Cyprus says are its territorial waters, to no avail, and last month EU foreign ministers asked officials to create a sanctions framework.

EU takes step closer to Turkey drilling sanctions

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The EU on Monday (11 November) moved a step closer to imposing sanctions over Turkey’s drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus by formally adopting a legal framework to target those involved

Preparing workers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is among policymakers’ top concerns and one of the pillars of the Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report looks at how prepared workforces are.

These are the world’s best MBAs

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

American institutions continue to dominate lists of the top MBAs, with Chicago’s Booth School of Business coming first in the latest round-up

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had said last week Turkey would begin to send foreign Islamic State militants back to their home countries starting on Monday, even if the nations the fighters came from had revoked their citizenship.

Turkey starts ‘sending home’ detained foreign fighters

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Turkey said on Monday (11 November) it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an American, starting a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria

Baghdadi’s death on October 26, less than three miles from the Turkish border in northwest Syria, triggered allegations that the terrorist leader “enjoyed some tacit Turkish protection.

Erdogan and ISIS

By: EBR | Monday, November 11, 2019

Trump should not fall for the Turkish president’s public relations stunts

Relations between Europe and Asia have picked up momentum. Outgoing EU Foreign and Security Policy chief Federica Mogherini and Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom have done much to boost Europe’s profile on Asia’s crowded stage.

If they stopped fixating on America, Europe and Asia could do much more together

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 5, 2019

In Brussels, Beijing and Bangkok, concerns over ‘America First’ policies dominate. The unease is understandable. Stable and predictable ties with Washington are equally vital for both Europe and Asia

In the half-century since people visited the Moon, NASA has continued to push the boundaries of knowledge to deliver on the promise of American ingenuity and leadership in space.

Journey to the future of space

By: EBR | Thursday, October 31, 2019

America has big plans for the future of space. President Trump recently announced this with great pride

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), economic growth is expected to fall to a rate of 3% this year — the worst figure since the global financial crisis in 2007.

These 8 countries will dominate global growth in 2024, says the IMF

By: EBR | Thursday, October 31, 2019

Global economic growth will increasingly slow down in the coming years, according to IMF projections analyzed by Bloomberg

WIth 32 seats (up from 10), the Quebec nationalists are now a strong regional force in national politics, a party whose only mission is to protect what public opinion in the province of Quebec sees as its interests.

Trudeau Survives, But …

By: EBR | Friday, October 25, 2019

The elections have made Canadian politics more complex: It is now chess — not checkers

 “Our public discourse is both ill-informed and compulsive.” The discussion following Turkey’s offensive in northeastern Syria is a perfect illustration.

Is Europe Endangered by Its Impotence in Syria?

By: EBR | Thursday, October 24, 2019

A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world

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N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

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