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Years of disagreements over a growing list of issues threatened to boil over last summer when Turkey sent navy ships to support an energy exploration mission in waters claimed by EU members Cyprus and Greece.

EU chiefs in rare Turkey visit to revamp relations

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The European Union’s top two officials will pay a rare visit on Tuesday (6 April) to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aimed at testing his avowed commitment to improve uneasy ties

"Tokayev, is continuing the successful policies that kept the country together for three decades, with no radicalisation and no spill-over of regional tensions, religious or ethnic, into Kazakhstan."

Central Asia providing a Rising Star to the East

By: EBR | Monday, April 5, 2021

We are now about 15 months after the Covid pandemic hit the global economy, and the world is preparing to come out of its forced slowing down

“How do we think about a dollar of climate damage to (billionaires) Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos versus a family of four living below the poverty line? I think as a society we have to make a judgment about that.”

Economists support ’immediate and drastic action’ against climate change

By: EBR | Friday, April 2, 2021

A growing number of climate economists say the world should take “immediate and drastic action” to tackle climate change, according to a survey published

"Superfast internet will generate trillions in economic sales and support tens of millions of jobs, but to realize this requires public and private sector collaboration to speed deployment."

How superfast internet will democratise computing and help close the digital divide

By: EBR | Friday, April 2, 2021

The pandemic has accelerated the breakneck speed at which digital technologies are already altering business, government, schools and lives

“It’s a once-in-a-generation investment in America, unlike anything we’ve seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago,” Biden said in unveiling the program in Pittsburgh.

Biden propose $2 trillion investment in US economy

By: EBR | Thursday, April 1, 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday (31 March) called for a sweeping use of government power to reshape the world’s largest economy and counter China’s rise, in a $2 trillion-plus proposal that was met with swift Republican resistance

"Let’s start with a question you will face once looking at the cover: Kamala Harris for President. BUT when?..."

New issue of European Business Review (EBR) released

By: EBR | Thursday, April 1, 2021

Here we are with another brand new issue of the "European Business Review (EBR)", the first for the year 2021 - a year that brings us to our 25th year of existence! So, here are some of the highlights!

Beijing has reacted angrily to tiny, first-step sanctions imposed by the United States, the EU and even the UK under Boris Johnson — who considers himself a “fervent Sinophile.”

China Vs. the West: An Epic Global Battle Is Brewing

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Could Magnitsky-style social media campaigns challenge authoritarians like Putin and Xi?

"Here’s the reality: if we look ahead using global trends and analysis of global demographics and associated economic growth forecasting, we know without a shadow of doubt that for the ‘West’, its future lies ‘East’."

The inevitability of the East (and Asia) for the EU

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 30, 2021

It might seem odd to suggest that the EU looks eastwards rather than westwards as its default position in the midst of vaccine wars, political debate about pharma contracts and the predictable narrative of global vaccine gainers and losers

A ship stuck in the The Suez Canal has caused major disruption to global shipping.

The stuck ship in the Suez Canal is an important lesson for global trade

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

It’s estimated that 90% of the world’s trade is transported by sea. As consumers, we rarely give much thought to how the things we buy make their way across the planet and into our homes

For Blinken, the State Department said his trip to Belgium is aimed at boosting ties with NATO allies and partnering on issues such as NATO reform, climate change, Russia and China as well as regional hotbeds of tension.

Blinken rides high in rebuilding US ties on first Brussels visit

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is eagerly awaited in Brussels with allies hoping to rebuild transatlantic ties after Donald Trump’s departure from the White House

"The speed and complexity of technological advancement is not covered by a set of common ethical guidelines."

Global technology governance can succeed with the right cooperation

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Technology is central to modern life and will play a crucial role in helping the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

Kamala Harris (1964) is a radical left-wing politician. In 2018, according to non-partisan GovTrack, she was the fourth most progressive Senator (out of 100), to the left of Elisabeth Warren for example, who is usually labelled the female Bernie Sanders.

Kamala Harris for President. But when?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

After 65 days in office, US President Joe Biden held his first press conference in the White House. It is remarkable that he expects to run for re-election in 2024, at the age of 82

Japan is back to planning the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics, while China focuses on the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Having been hit by COVID-19 first, Asia is also recovering first. At the pandemic’s first anniversary, is the region back to full health?

IMF: How Asia can navigate the long-term economic impact of COVID-19

By: EBR | Monday, March 22, 2021

The Sydney Opera resumed live performances and the city of Melbourne recently hosted the Australian Open tennis tournament with fans (mostly) in attendance

While ‘the Hindu rate of growth’ may have made for the odd op-ed, simple extrapolation from Maddison’s dataset on historical GDP figures show the Indian subcontinent to have had fairly similar GDP figures to China for most of modern human history.

India’s path and the fundamental role if its superfamilies

By: EBR | Monday, March 22, 2021

That India would grow was a fact to all but the most pessimistic

©Paul Buske / With Albanian national elections on 25 April 2021, nature conservation groups such as EcoAlbania, RiverWatch and EuroNatur are calling on the public and on political leaders to enshrine the future of the Vjosa and make this wild river national park a major priority.

Protect Europe’s last big wild river, the Vjosa in Albania

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, March 22, 2021

On World Water Day 22 March 2021, an urgent plea to protect Europe’s last big wild river, the Vjosa in Albania, became visible

"EU-UK relations are strained, but unless the Northern Ireland Protocol is somehow insulated from those tensions—and they cease to be instrumentalized—the potential consequences for peace on the island of Ireland are serious."

Is the Northern Ireland Peace Process at Risk?

By: EBR | Friday, March 19, 2021

Brexit is destabilizing Northern Ireland. London’s pursuit of a hard Brexit and the return of border politics could unravel the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the province’s conflict. It might need the United States to rescue the accord

“The United States uses its military force and financial hegemony to carry out long arm jurisdiction and suppress other countries.”

Top US, Chinese diplomats clash at start of first talks of Biden presidency

By: EBR | Friday, March 19, 2021

The first high-level US-China talks of the Biden administration got off to a fiery start on Thursday (18 March), with both sides leveling sharp rebukes of the others’ policies in a rare display that underscored the level of bilateral tension

"With that dynamic in motion, the optimal response for South America’s and Africa’s emerging superclans is straightforward: surf the wave of growth to the best of one’s ability, park most assets offshore – and take a plane out before it crashes."

Defining The New Global South Superclans

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The fight or flight response is one of our most basic. Occurring primarily in the amygdala, it is well below the threshold of conscious rationalisation

‘Emerging global challenges have highlighted the need for supply chain resilience. The EU has put green energy and the digital economy at the center of its economic recovery plans. Taiwan has named renewable energy, next-generation electronics and biotechnology among our Core Strategic Industries.’

Taiwan President Tsai: ‘Strengthening EU-Taiwan connectivity spurs investment and create jobs’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, March 16, 2021

President Tsai addressed by video the ‘Taiwan – EU Supply Chains Forum’, March 10 in Brussels. ‘Taiwan and the EU are key trading partners

"It’s disappointing that China is placing such a large focus on continuing its reliance on coal, and oil and gas. The world is relying on its largest emitter to step up on climate change – yet we see little of such action in this plan."

China approves five-year plan, underpinned by fossil fuels

By: EBR | Friday, March 12, 2021

China approved its five-year goals on Thursday (11 March), but the world’s biggest polluter shows little ambition of moving away from fossil fuels, leaving much to be decided

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