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Trump has not only utterly corrupted the soul of this nation. He represents and epitomizes the moral, epistemic and spiritual decay of the United States. He is the single most naked symptom of our ruination as a country that values truth, justice, the rule of law and the light of reason.

The U.S. Faces Its Greatest Peril Since the Civil War

By: EBR | Thursday, July 6, 2023

Republicans who claim to put country before party must rise up along with their Democratic colleagues to save the United States from Donald Trump

Nations are under pressure to agree ambitious emission reduction targets and consider a tax on pollution by the sector at a key meeting of the International Maritime Organization. Currently shipping belches out roughly the same level of greenhouse gases as aviation.

Polluting shipping to face climate reckoning at IMO talks

By: EBR | Monday, July 3, 2023

The hefty carbon footprint of global shipping networks that crisscross our oceans and keep the world’s economy afloat will come under scrutiny this week

One year into Russia’s war against Ukraine, China announced a 12-point proposal to end the fighting, saying it is trying to mediate the war. Its pro-Russian support, nevertheless, contained a provision that is highly relevant to Russia’s invasion and crimes of aggression against Ukraine.

End of the Ukraine War?

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 27, 2023

When Yevgeny Prigozhin blamed the Russian Defense Ministry, saying it had duped Vladimir Putin into last year’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he burst the bubble of Putin’s imperial design on Ukraine

Sino-US ties have deteriorated across the board in recent years, raising concern the two might one day clash militarily over the self-governed island of Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

Blinken to wrap up talks in China, may meet Xi before leaving

By: EBR | Monday, June 19, 2023

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with China’s top diplomat Wang Yi at the start of the second and final day of a rare visit to Beijing

Once entered into force, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will give Kenya tariff-free access to the EU, its biggest market where it sends roughly one-fifth of all its exports.

EU, Kenya to announce trade deal

By: EBR | Monday, June 19, 2023

The European Union and Kenya are set to announce a trade deal EU officials said, in a coup for Brussels as it seeks deeper economic ties with Africa

“Climate change is not a North versus South issue,” UN Climate chief Simon Stiell said at the closing plenary on Thursday

CO2 cuts v. cash: Climate talks stymied by stand-off

By: EBR | Friday, June 16, 2023

Pressure to speed cuts in carbon pollution took a back seat at UN climate talks

Apart from its time-saving benefits, the Middle Corridor could also boost trade among transit countries, strengthen regional integration and promote economic diversification.

From pathway to highway in Eurasia

By: EBR | Thursday, June 15, 2023

2,500 kilometres is the average distance that can be saved by using the Middle Corridor to transport goods from China to Europe and vice versa

If the fighting goes on even another year, the West may find itself losing – with dramatic repercussions for the United States’ leadership role in the world.

War In Ukraine: Putin Can’t Win — But the US Can Lose

By: EBR | Thursday, June 15, 2023

Russia’s latest atrocity – the destruction of the Kakhovka dam – demonstrates that the war in Ukraine needs to end quickly

Wu will attend a security conference in Prague on June 14, and is due to speak immediately after Czech President Petr Pavel opens the event.

Taiwan foreign minister to make Europe trip next week

By: EBR | Friday, June 9, 2023

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu will make a previously unannounced visit to Europe next week, four sources briefed on the matter said, and is expected to appear with the Czech president at one event

The changes are complex and long overdue. They are about how Germany, shaken by Russia’s attack on Ukraine tore up the post–1945—indeed, the post–1990 order—has been forced to revise its foreign policy and its approach to Russia. The infatuation with Moscow is over.

Russia’s War Upends German Foreign Policy

By: EBR | Thursday, June 1, 2023

World War II and its aftermath shaped Berlin’s approach toward NATO, the EU, and Moscow. Russia’s war on Ukraine ends that era.

It is clear that China’s persistent interference with Taiwan’s WHA participation runs counter to the WHO’s global mandate of Health for All and causes a breach in the global public health network.

Again, China keeps Taiwan out of the WHA

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 31, 2023

In spite of increasing support from the international community China blocked again Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly

It is also about the lives of the 8.2 million refugees—a fifth of Ukraine’s population—who have found safety in other European countries. And don’t forget the 5.9 million internally displaced people.

Ukrainians wait for their return home

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Over several days of non-stop meetings in Europe, the Middle East, and at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s messaging was clear

The Washington Consensus was a negative sum game. Unbeknownst to even its creators (or at least most of them), and unbeknownst to its future adherents, it had one single outcome – the creation of a Chinese superpower.

A New “Washington Consensus”: A Holy Grail?

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

There is a renewed debate over the relevance of the “Washington Consensus“

The two sides agreed to take measures to ensure the safe and stable operation of the Kazakh section of the China-Central Asia natural gas pipeline. They also agreed to deepen cooperation in oil and uranium.

Central Asia leaders converge in China as Xi touts ‘enduring’ friendship

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

Central Asian heads of state converged in China’s historic city of Xian for one-on-ones with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to seal pledges of “enduring” friendship, and paving the way for a summit expected to result in a regional pact with Beijing

Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban have been violently chipping away at progress made over the 20 years since they were ousted in a US-led invasion. Women have been stripped of their rights and are increasingly faced with human rights violations at the hands of the regime.

Women’s rights continue to deteriorate in Afghanistan, MEPs say more can be done

By: EBR | Thursday, May 18, 2023

A new map created by the Afghan Witness project shows documented evidence of women’s rights deteriorating in Afghanistan

The EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the decision “represents an important step in this direction by bringing Activision’s popular games to many more devices and consumers than before, thanks to cloud game streaming”.

EU approves Microsoft-Activision merger, at odds with UK, US regulators

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The EU antitrust authorities have approved Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of gaming company Activision Blizzard just weeks after regulators in London blocked Microsoft’s biggest takeover to date

Taiwan has not been invited to the World Health Assembly since 2017. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is abating and dialogue on strengthening health systems worldwide is accelerating, Taiwan should not be left out. Taiwan can help, and Taiwan’s inclusion would make the world healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable.

Sustainable health development in the postpandemic era

By: EBR | Monday, May 15, 2023

As the world enters the fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is gradually improving

The mainstream debate is still rooted in a dual assumption: First, the German car industry is central to Germany’s economic success. And second, because its main car manufacturers are dependent on the Chinese market for sales, Germany must placate the Chinese leadership.

Germany’s “China Connection“ Revisited

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 10, 2023

There is a huge gap between German business interests in the People’s Republic of China and Germany’s national economic interest

If the West abandons globalization, this is fully understandable from the mercantilist perspective of national grandeur. Colbert would approve.

Can the West abandon globalization?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Going back to mercantilism and trade blocs

A series of anniversaries of painful turning points in Turkiye’s recent history will remind the electorate of the country’s economic and geopolitical dependencies and potentially shape public opinion.

Green politics could have an outsized impact on Turkiye’s elections

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Turkiye’s upcoming elections have been labeled the world’s most important in 2023

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