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Now, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell is expected to travel to Beijing the end of this week. To try to present a unified EU front on China policy.

The divided EU, this time on China policy

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 12, 2023

On a flight from Beijing to Guangzhou last week, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters that the European Union should avoid becoming a ‘vassal’ of the United States on China, especially urging distance concerning any potential military aid to Taiwan.

It will be difficult for Von der Leyen and Macron to show one EU face.

Von der Leyen and Macron in Beijing: a tale of two EU’s

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 5, 2023

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron are in Beijing for a so called ‘key visit’

Proponents, led by France, want nuclear-made hydrogen to count in the new EU targets for renewable energy. Paris says that the EU cannot achieve the climate goals without nuclear energy.

Role of nuclear energy divides again the EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The role of nuclear energy in tackling climate change is once again a divisive issue in the European Union

But is French democracy functioning? Faith in conventional politics and the parliamentary system is in fact at rock-bottom. How else to explain the collapse of Gaullists and Socialists, who ran France for more than half a century. And Macron only narrowly could defeat the far-right candidate for the Presidency.

‘Blame 49.3. Blame Macron’, Democracy French style

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, March 21, 2023

French President Macron’s decision to push through his pension-change plan via a controversial constitutional article (the so-called 49.3 procedure) that sidelines the parliament added fuel to the fire

FDP party leader and minister of finance, Christian Lindner, demands certainty about the wish that the new cars with a petrol or diesel engine will be allowed after 2035 if they run on CO2-free synthetic fuels.

Germany put bomb under EU ban on petrol and diesel cars

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Will there not be a ban on new petrol and diesel cars in 2035?

Still it launched 61 new drinks. Heineken’s reputation as a company committed to corporate social responsibility has been torn to shreds.

Heineken gives a hangover with its Russian brews

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Heineken is under fire. Last year, the famous brewery group led the way in announcing that it would leave Russia

If China decided to send arms, the war will undoubtedly escalate further.

Is China determining the course of the war in Ukraine?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Will China supply arms to Russia?

May be, during Zelensky’s ’secret’ visit to Brussels, not only some questions could be asked about the immense corruption in his country, even the minister of Defense had to step down, but also about the use of forbidden anti-personnel mines.

More questions for Zelenski in Brussels

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Human Right Watch says that the Ukrainian army has fired ‘thousands of butterfly mines’ in the east-Ukrainian Izhum region

The war has not made the fight against corruption any easier. But President Zelensky seems quite relaxed about it.

Ukraine: war and corruption

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 30, 2023

For a long time already Ukraine is, after Russia, listed as Europe’s most corrupted country on the index of Transparency International and the spectre of corruption is once again haunting the country

The new Media Law signed by President Zelensky kills media freedom in Ukraine.

Zelensky’s new media law kills media freedom in Ukraine

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Ukrainian journalists’ organisations are sounding the alarm

The UAE is also a bizarre choice by the UN. The country has the fourth largest per capita carbon footprint behind Qatar, Bahrein and Kuwait.

Oil company CEO becomes president of next climate conference

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) will host the next UN climate conference, COP28

France’s EU Commissioner for industry, Thierry Breton, is in the lead to support what he is calling an EU Inflation Reduction Act, to subsidise EU’s domestic industries to prevent them of being wiped out by the US act.

The EU tries to hit back against US protectionist law

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The European Commission wants to hit back to the US Inflation Reduction Act

The European Parliament, and certainly the socialist group, like to play the role of the guardian of a better world and to regularly wave its moral finger.

Socialists embarrass European Parliament

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The European Parliament has often come under fire, but this time it is facing the biggest crisis in its 70 years of existence

In order to get Orban to drop the Hungarian veto, Germany, France, Italy and Poland, among others, are willing to be less strict than the Commission on the rule of law in Hungary.

Orban plays hardball

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Some EU memberstates seems willing to tackle Hungary less harshly on the rule of law than the European Commission and Parliament

The US is the second-largest destination for British-made cars after the EU; and the automotive sector is one of Britain’s top good exporters. The IRA also affect cars made in the US by UK manufacturers.

Britain trapped in EU-US trade war

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The UK finds itself caught in a transatlantic trade war between the European Union and the United States

‘The planet is in extensive care’, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the end of the disappointing 27th UN Climate Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

‘The planet is in extensive care’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Last year at the Glasgow summit it was agreed that each year must tighten up its national climate plans, otherwise the solemn promise to limit warming to 1,5 degrees Celsius would no longer be feasible

The outlook for how much the world is expected to warm has improved as policies are adopted to reduce emissions and renewable energy has grown.

The world is falling short of its climate goals

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Seven years after the Paris Agreement, in which government leaders pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, they meet each other again in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Last week, the German government decided that the Chinese state-owned company Cosco may participate in one of the container terminals in the port of Hamburg.

Scholz: business as usual with China

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, October 31, 2022

In Beijing they will be delighted that German Chancellor Scholz will travel alone to their country

The new standard for combustion engines would not differ much from what Euro 6 standard already imposes. Only the emissions of the new generation of diesel engines would be limited and equated with the current emission standard for petrol engines.

Car lobby wins: new EU emission standard not much stricter

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 26, 2022

How many air pollutants can cars and vans with combustion engines in the EU still emit by the end of 2025?

"The EU summit at the end of this week is the moment of the truth!"

European Commission wants dynamic price ceiling for gas

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 19, 2022

High energy prices are causing difficulties across Europe

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