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"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

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

The IMO initially aimed to reduce emissions before 2023, peak emissions as soon as possible, and to set ship CO2 emissions on a pathway consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement goals.

Much more ambition needed to clean up shipping

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 17, 2020

International Maritime Organisation plans and ambitions on cutting greenhouse gas emissions fall well short of what is needed

"With a far less bombastic style than during the Trump era, internal considerations are to shape U.S. foreign policy and put strong pressure on Europeans."

Are Europe’s Leaders Ready for a Biden Presidency?

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

Europe’s leaders cannot expect a free ride from the incoming Biden presidency. It’s time to prepare the ground on security, defense, and strategy if the changing transatlantic relationship is to remain relevant

"As human activities have significantly increased greenhouse gas emissions, the ocean has moderated the effects, absorbing more than 90% of excess heat and approximately 30% of excess carbon emissions, sparing us from the extreme impacts we would otherwise experience on Earth."

Why our ocean could hold the best solutions to climate change

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

The ocean is the Earth’s natural climate moderator – regulating climate and influencing weather patterns around the globe and affecting every one of us, even if we don’t live by the coast

“We will consider the range of fossil fuel investments in our portfolios, avoid stranded assets, and work towards applying more stringent investment criteria, such as explicit policies to exit from coal financing in the perspective of COP26.”

Development banks make landmark climate pledge, but no fossil fuel phase out

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

The world’s public development banks on Wednesday (11 November) pledged to align their financial firepower with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but avoided a firm commitment to phase out fossil fuel financing

Disability inclusion is not a tick-box exercise – it must be consistently integrated into day-to-day decisions across the business supply chain as the norm if companies are serious about the business of growth and about fully achieving the SDGs in time.

Disability inclusion isn’t a tick-box exercise. It’s vital to achieving the SDGs

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

We are six months on from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the rollercoaster ride the coronavirus has put the whole world on, it has specifically thrown a spotlight on and sharply exacerbated inequalities globally

"The stream of congratulatory messages from European leaders betrayed just how deep the relief and how heartfelt the joy at America’s choice was."

Europe’s High Expectations for a U.S. President Joe Biden

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Joe Biden will be America’s next president, but relieved European leaders are deluded if they expect a return to the past for the transatlantic relationship

"Having just survived a U.S. election marked by similar partisan fury, we may learn something from that earlier era about how to heal a seemingly intractable national political divide."

Moderation After a Divisive Election: Lessons from Britain/s 18th Century

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

During the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), Britain was as divided along partisan cultural lines as the United States is today. That history offers hope to Americans

The America public has behaved more rationally and exhibited its will through the ballot box. The largest voter turnout in decades shows their democratic engagement.

Joe Biden’s ‘Time to Heal’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 9, 2020

Joe Biden sent an encouraging message Saturday night in declaring ‘a time to heal’, as he claimed his victory in the race for the White House

In the EU, self-interest appears to be the primary moving force of deliberate delay tactics as Germany, Italy and Spain (GIS) profit from providing materiel and equipment for Turkey’s armed forces, in direct contravention to international obligations under the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The Twin Fallacies of Europe’s Leaders

By: EBR | Monday, November 9, 2020

At the time of writing, it is becoming more than obvious that the historical analysts of the future will have no difficulty in describing the current inertia in applying Delayed Sanctions to Turkey until December as Too Little, Too Late

"The tight race reminds us that democracy can be surprising!"

Mainstream media and pollsters are already the losers

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

A surge of unexpected votes for Donald Trump has confounded the forecasters, again

"The so-called free banking market in Belgium didn’t see any newcomer for decades, but NewB managed to break through the barrier."

NewB: sustainable, ethical and cooperative banking in Belgium

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

We live in difficult times, but after 60 years Belgium gets a new consumer bank, a cooperative bank with, at the moment, 116,000 members

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