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“Azerbaijanis and Armenians are emotional people, and given that both sides have mostly young soldiers and officers, today such a hotline is risky”.

Report: Preventive communication needed on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

A communication channel set up in 2018 to discuss incidents along the front lines could be used for sharing preventative information to protect farmers and minimise risks of escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, a recent report from the International Crisis Group (ICG) suggests

"The first step would be for U.S. leaders to learn from the experience of countries that have successfully managed public health in general and the coronavirus in particular."

Globalization and Healthcare: Lessons the US Needs to Learn

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The U.S. must urgently move beyond its cliche-ridden debate on healthcare

"We are forced to say that we are faced with a completely internal political issue. This is not a matter of religion, but of politics, and even publicity", says Mehmet Hayri Kirbasoglu, professor at the Department of Theology of Ankara University.

Agia Sophia

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Church of the Holy Wisdom of God

The reality is that the EU – both in terms of infrastructure and supplies – already has a diversified portfolio when it comes to natural gas, including piped gas, gas from Norway and the Middle East, LNG from the US and Qatar, and other supplies.

US pipeline sanctions: Reality check

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

US pipeline sanctions suggest a deliberate misreading of the European gas market and a paternalistic “America knows best” view of how Europeans should manage their energy commerce

Western countries embrace the faint hope that in the post-Erdogan era, Turkey will become a constructive player and a power of geostrategic importance, which outweighs Erdogan’s transient outrageous behavior.

J’Accuse Erdogan

By: EBR | Monday, July 27, 2020

The weaker Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at home politically, the longer the list of the Turkish President’s transgressions gets

"Never mind that apps also play a major role when it comes to setting global technology standards, a race in which China is extremely active."

Welcome to the TikTok Wars

By: EBR | Monday, July 27, 2020

We live in an age where apps wars between major nations have geo-technological fallout

"It is not so much the legal structure — one country or 27 countries — but ultimately cultural values of cohesion and solidarity that determine whether policymaking ends up with sensible results."

The US and the EU: A Tale of Two Continents

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

Compared to the extreme disunity and cynicism that rules the U.S. political process, the decision-making process of the EU27 is a sea of calm and rationality

The process of reducing dependence on carbon may likely require funnelling investment capital into activities like carbon capture, utilization and storage, renewable power, and low-carbon fuels over oil and gas exploration and development — even when long-term value multiples are uncertain.

Why the oil industry has less time to decarbonize than it might think

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

There are market signs everywhere of growing impatience with the oil industry. Powerful investors are exiting high-carbon investments or limiting their exposure

The world may not be as flat as it once was, but global business strategy is, if anything, a more urgent priority than before.

Global Strategy for a De-globalising World

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The full economic impact of the pandemic has yet to be felt. However, it seems beyond dispute that Covid-19 and globalisation don’t mix well

Southern Africa and Australia, where bushfires last year razed millions of acres, will probably be dryer than usual through 2024, while Africa’s Sahel region will likely be wetter, the WMO said.

Meeting Paris climate pledge will be ’enormous challenge’, says WMO

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Global temperatures will continue to warm over the next five years, and may even temporarily rise to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said

"The World Bank and regional development banks have no facility comparable to the CCRT, but nothing prevents their governing bodies from creating them."

An Easy Way to Provide Debt Relief for the World’s Poorest Countries

By: EBR | Friday, July 17, 2020

Donor governments do not have to fund poor country debt relief from their fiscal budgets. They can tap long-unused reserve assets available at the IMF called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)

"We know what works. Quality public healthcare, for free, for all. High and inescapable wealth taxes, as rich people are now calling for. A universal labour guarantee that protects workers and ensures a living wage."

COVID-19 has let the virus of inequality run rampant

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Meet Sampa Akter. She sews clothes for global brands in Bangladesh. As with millions of others, she was sent home in March with no pay as COVID-19 canceled orders

“We have agreed today to develop a coordinated European Union response to show support for Hong Kong’s autonomy and civil society.”

EU preparing measures against China over Hong Kong

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The EU is preparing counter-measures on China in response to Beijing’s new security law on Hong Kong, the bloc’s top diplomat said on Monday (13 July), but envoys stressed the likely steps will not amount to economic sanctions

"COVID-19 and climate crises are connected, so both curves need to be “flattened” as we rebuild the world economy."

Here’s how to deliver a green recovery for the G20 economies

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Economists believe that we are in the midst of a “reverse radical” recovery. This economic trajectory is the mirror image of the square-root symbol: a steep economic decline, followed by a sharp partial rebound, then a slow recovery over several years

By working together to share test results in a harmonized system, border crossing and regional integration was later accelerated within East Africa.

Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

When the six nations of the East African Community opened to essential trade in June, COVID-19 testing created kilometers of backed up trucks along the borders as truck drivers waited for hours to get test results

"Even if the Hagia Sophia conversion increases Erdogan’s approval rating by a few percentage points, the boost is unlikely to last. Nothing short of strong economic growth in Turkey will bring back the wider popularity he once enjoyed."

Erdogan’s Big Gamble on the Hagia Sophia

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

Turkey’s president, desperate to boost his popularity at home, further damages his country’s international standing

“The unconstructive approach of certain members of the Security Council is all the more regrettable at a time when needs have never been greater and in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.”

EU voices concern over UN Syria aid plan

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

The EU on Sunday (12 June) voiced “deep concern” at a UN move to close an access point for humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria

Ces partis de restauration permettent de garantir l’authenticite, l’harmonie et la coherence de ce chefd’?uvre de l’art gothique. La CNPA a approuve a l’unanimite ces recommandations.

Les Francais, les pelerins et les visiteurs du monde entier retrouveront la cathedrale qu’ils aiment

By: EBR | Monday, July 13, 2020

Les partis de restauration envisages pour la cathedrale NotreDame de Paris ont presente aujourd’hui a la Commission nationale du patrimoine et de l’architecture (CNPA), dont les grands principes ont ete approuves par le President de la Republique

“Multilateralism, for what?” might be the question today. And the reply cannot simply be ‘to be multilateral’, as some would like.

Multilateralism Has Lost Its Way

By: EBR | Thursday, July 9, 2020

Collective intelligence is needed to build a new multilateralism for the 21st century

"COVID-19 has added severe challenges to an international trade regime already strained by geopolitical, societal, economic and environmental tensions. These tensions will not be solved through less collaboration."

Six targets for trade in a post-COVID world

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 8, 2020

COVID-19 lockdown measures hit aspects of trade hard. Merchandise trade volumes shrank by 3% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the previous year average and estimates suggest an 18.5% drop for the second quarter

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