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"The mass vaccination programmes launching around the world face a host of challenges that businesses can help to overcome."

Business has a big role to play in vaccinating the world

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and the prospect of a cold, socially distanced winter looming ahead, all of us are hoping that our jobs, businesses, schools and social lives will soon return to some semblance of normalcy

If we take Erdogan by his words, it is doubtful that he will stick to a moratorium: “We will not accept plans that aim to confine our country,” he said, before turning on to Greece and Cyprus which he accused of “imperialist expansionism.”

EU: Forever Timid on Erdogan’s Turkey?

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The EU searches for a solid strategy for dealing with Turkey. The new U.S. administration may induce it to toughen its course

"The move towards value-based healthcare could facilitate universal health coverage and aid post-pandemic recovery."

Shift to digital during the pandemic could enable universal health coverage

By: EBR | Monday, December 14, 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which started as an outbreak in one country, and very quickly travelled around the world, makes a strong case for investment in global public health and has resurrected the debate of universal health coverage (UHC)

"Taiwan established a National Human Rights Commission in August, a milestone described by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen as part of government actions to promote and protect human rights and fulfil its commitments to meeting the Paris Principles."

Taiwan rated the only free country in Asia

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 14, 2020

Taiwan is the only ‘free’ country in Asia according to the People Power Under Attack 2020 report released last week by Johannesburg headquartered Civicus

"The Trump administration made the EU cautious and focused on its own strategic autonomy idea. Now, the EU-U.S. cooperation on China will depend on America’s response to the Europe’s proposal."

Is Europe Ready to Work With the United States on China?

By: EBR | Friday, December 11, 2020

Incoming U.S. president Joe Biden offers a chance to renew transatlantic ties and forge a common EU-U.S. policy toward China. But for that to happen, the Europeans must agree on how to deal with Beijing

"At the heart of the world’s ecology lies the Amazon, the largest tropical rainforest on earth. Its billion trees evaporate water that form rivers in the sky providing rainfall in South America and contributing to the water cycles around the world."

It is the Amazon, stupid

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The economy of the world ultimately depends on the global climate, the availability of water and the abundance of plants and animals

"In view of the forthcoming meeting of the EU General Council of December 10-11 it is time to examine more closely the concealed fallacies within the EU that account for these failures."

The Twin Fallacies of Europe’s Leaders

By: EBR | Friday, December 4, 2020

More than ever, the time has come to seriously account for the forces and fallacies that have allowed today’s leadership of the European Union to betray so blatantly its founding principles and values clearly stated in articles 2 and 7 of the EU Founding Treaty

In order to improve NATO’s ability to act, the expert group proposed what some see as a series of measures at the expense of unity.

Au revoir, consensus?

By: EBR | Thursday, December 3, 2020

The new NATO reform report recommended a more political role for the Western alliance, which is unlikely to go without some resistance in allied capitals. Au revoir, consensus? Not quite

"Technology enables us to mobilize the planet’s resources and bring together human ingenuity to fight this and future crises."

Why COVID-19 shows the future not the end of globalisation

By: EBR | Thursday, December 3, 2020

“Wave goodbye to the greatest era of globalization — and worry about what is going to take its place,” wrote The Economist in May

Joe Biden’s choice for White House national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, said, ‘a Democratic Administration should immediately begin the process of negotiating with Iran a follow-on agreement’.

Biden, Iran and the Bomb

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Joe Biden will soon be in charge of US foreign policy. An early test will be Iran, and whether he will abandon he strategic gains that President Trump has made in the Middle East and return to the deeply flawed 2015 nuclear deal

"Just like Greece and Cyprus, France insists on sanctions, against the background of Turkish claims in the Eastern Mediterranean, its more assertive policy vis-a-vis Cyprus, meddling in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and outright insults by Erdogan aimed directly at President Emmanuel Macron."

Imagine Turkey without Erdogan

By: EBR | Monday, November 30, 2020

At the 10-11 December EU summit, the main foreign policy intrigue is whether the member states will adopt sanctions against Recep Erdogan’s Turkey. But Germany and France are divided

"Joe Biden’s election as US president offers the prospect of a reset of EU-US trade relations. Yet, the EU move on US trade policy since the American election has been to impose higher tariffs on US planes and agricultural goods."

On trade, politics is still king

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

The European Commission likes to proclaim itself a defender and promoter of free trade and the review of EU trade policy, the public consultation on which closed last week, is only likely to double down on that promise. But the reality is much more complicated

"For many members of the American public, voting has become a confusing ritual, even if one does not take the latest twist into account — a president who refused to accept that he lost the election."

US: How to Avoid Another 2020 Election

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

The U.S.’s embarrassing problems with something as basic as voter registration should serve as a wake-up call

"In recent years – well before the Wuhan outbreak of an unidentified new zoonotic disease – it had become apparent that the Phase 2 structure of international relations is riddled with inconsistencies and fault-lines."

Covid-19 is ushering in a new era in geopolitics - We must embrace it

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Geopolitics – meaning not just Great Power rivalry, but political conditions everywhere – is entering a new phase. Government and business policymakers must sharply adjust their thinking

The agreement struck by the presidents of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia, with the involvement of US, EU, UK, French, German and Russian diplomats, “preserved Bosnia as a single state made up of two parts, the Bosniak-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serb Republic, with Sarajevo remaining as the undivided capital city”.

Bosnia’s war and peace

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

In recent European history, it is difficult to find a political experiment that has flopped as spectacularly and as silently as the Dayton Peace Accord

The TAP pipeline, with an estimated cost of €4.5 billion, is a new inter-regional export gas pipeline for bringing gas to the European consumers from the Shah Deniz 2 offshore gas field in the Caspian Sea (SD2).

The news you possibly missed: TAP pipeline up and running

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

Neither the COVID-19 pandemic nor the Nagorno-Karabakh war could stop Azerbaijan from finalizing the TAP project, and the first Azerbaijani gas had been already supplied to European consumers

Guterres said a summit hosted by the UN and Britain on Dec. 12 was a “clear opportunity” for the EU to present the new target.

UN chief presses EU to agree tougher climate change target

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (19 November) urged the European Union to lead global efforts to slash planet-warming emissions by setting a new climate change target next month

"Heading into the election, Democrats had a majority of 232 to 197, with one Libertarian and five open seats. The balance is now 219 Democrats to 204 Republicans."

Smaller House majority poses headaches for Democrats

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

For six months, centre and left Democrats fought side by side. But now, with the enemy defeated, the internal war blazes up

"I recall thinking that the ‘the left’ and the ‘centre’ of politics deserve this moment".

Are we witnessing the dawn of a new global politics?

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 17, 2020

«Like many millions, I was besotted by the coverage of the US election»

The China Embassy in the US tweeted that the supposed “6G” satellite was one of 13 aboard the Long March-6 rocket, which launched on 6 November at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province.

China puts “6G” test satellite into orbit

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 17, 2020

China launched what it claimed is the first 6G experimental satellite to test communications from space using high-frequency terahertz spectrum

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