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2021 year-end European Business Review (EBR) issue released!

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 22, 2021

European Business Review (EBR) released its last issue for the year 2021

Currently, in the RealClearPolitics poll of polls, Biden’s job approval average has hit a record low of just 42 percent.

Alarm bells are ringing for US Democrats

By: EBR | Friday, December 17, 2021

President Biden’s approval ratings when it comes to both the economy and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a big hit in a new poll

The 5 major Chinese arms producers in the ranking are making a remarkable catch-up.

Chinese arms industry competes with the big ones

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, December 17, 2021

The arms race continues despite the pandemic. The US remains the dominant achieved last year in the full corona crisis

"It looks like, that how far China goes in trying to win Taiwan’s allies depends on who is in power on the island".

China ‘steals’ another Taiwan diplomatic ally

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) expressed its extreme regret that the government of the Republic of Nicaragua announced its acceptance of the ‘one China principle’

“The transformation towards a climate-neutral building stock will only be possible if existing jobs are transformed to include green and circular skills and if new job profiles emerge, such as specialists in deep building renovation, installers for advanced technological solutions, or Building Information Modelling managers,” according to the European Commission.

EU confronted with lack of skilled labour to support building renovation wave

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The EU’s push to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce the amount of fossil fuel they consume could create more than 160,000 jobs in the energy and heating sector by 2030, according to the European Commission

“We don’t name and shame but we do point to the G20 members that are definitely not on track”.

Who will be the judge of countries’ climate plans?

By: EBR | Monday, December 13, 2021

Countries have until the end of next year to ensure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement’s cap on global warming

Religious and ethnic intolerance around the world threatens to spin out of control.

Can We Pull Back From the Brink?

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The world is balancing on the edge of an abyss as mushrooming religious and ethnic intolerance becomes the norm

Biden administration has gone on the offensive in Europe with its top diplomats making the rounds in many European capitals.

Russia and China Mobilise Transatlantic Partners

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Together, the United States and Europe can modernize the post–1945 international order. This requires a strong commitment to democracy and the defense of the norms and values that define the West

"Today, in what could become a second Cold War, this time with China, the U.S. and Europe need to put great emphasis on cooperating economically".

Boosting Transatlantic Technology Cooperation

By: EBR | Thursday, December 2, 2021

The EU and the U.S. need to address the real technology competitiveness challenge, which is China

"Although Ukraine is not a NATO ally—and therefore not covered by the alliance’s mutual defense clause—another Russian invasion there would greatly destabilize Central and Eastern Europe".

NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

By: EBR | Thursday, December 2, 2021

NATO struggles to respond to events falling in between the seams of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. Allies should use the 2022 Strategic Concept to map out how they will deal with Russian and Chinese hybrid warfare

"The EU’s credentials for designing and organising an international health strategy are mixed".

Omicron underlines the need for global pandemic preparedness

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Even before the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 began to panic financial markets and spur another rash of lockdown-style measures, epidemiologists had been warning of mutations that might make the coronavirus an enduring feature of life on earth

he union must make clear that compartmentalizing EU-Turkey relations to suit Ankara’s domestic political convenience is not acceptable.

The EU Should Stand Firm on Turkey

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 24, 2021

To avoid an open rule-of-law dialogue with the EU, Turkey is being selective in its areas of engagement with the bloc

14 allies urged Taiwan’s UNFCCC participation or sent letters calling on the U.N. specialized agency to allow the country’s participation in COP26, the MOFA said.

MOFA spotlights Taiwan’s successful UNFCCC campaign

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Taiwan’s bid for meaningful participation in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change showcased the country’s commitment to achieving zero emissions by 2050 and garnered widespread support from the local public and private sectors

China views self-ruled and democratically governed Taiwan as its territory with no right to the trappings of a state and has stepped up pressure on countries to downgrade or sever their relations with the island, even non-official ones.

China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan

By: EBR | Monday, November 22, 2021

China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday (21 November), expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State after Taiwan opened a de facto embassy there, escalating a row that has sucked in Washington

"As long as the political nature of the Russian regime remains unchanged, as long as a list of foreign agents is displayed on the Russian Ministry of Justice website, there can scarcely be room for real dialogue".

Is EU in Denial About Russia?

By: EBR | Friday, November 19, 2021

Most European leaders are disillusioned with Russia. But continuing divisions inside the EU over how to deal with the Kremlin prevent a coherent Russia strategy and play into the hands of Putin

"After more than two weeks of meetings, the combined climate plans of the 197 countries are not enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, even the 2-degree limit will probably not be achieved with the current commitments".

‘Glasgow’ : small steps that will not suffice

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 15, 2021

The UN climate conference in Glasgow has not produced enough. The planet is far from being saved

"Modern supply chains have been adversely impacted by both COVID-19 lockdowns and, more recently, the speed of the economic recovery".

How to stop supply chain issues disrupting the economic recovery

By: EBR | Friday, November 12, 2021

COVID-19 revealed that modern supply chains are a house of cards, collapsing the moment they come under any kind of sustained pressure

“Political leadership is not always visible and is often undermined by divisions. But global leadership, as you know, starts at home".

UN Refugee chief slams EU leaders for management of refugee crisis

By: EBR | Thursday, November 11, 2021

EU leaders cannot justify xenophobia, pushbacks, and violence amid the current refugee crisis. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told European Parliament

"The EU’s reaction to this new migration phenomenon confirms the absence of a migration and asylum policy—even a short-term one".

Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The EU has been slow and irresolute in stopping Minsk from using migrants as a hybrid weapon to weaken the bloc. A migration and asylum policy—not a fortress Europe—is the answer

Taiwan’s defence ministry, in a report it issues every two years, said China had launched what it called “gray zone” warfare, citing 554 “intrusions” by Chinese war planes into its southwestern theatre of air defence identification zone between September last year and the end of August.

Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbours, warns of ‘grave’ threat

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 9, 2021

China’s armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan’s key harbours and airports, the island’s defence ministry said on Tuesday (9 November), offering its latest assessment of what it describes as a “grave” military threat posed by its giant neighbour

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