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All roads lead to Rome … even China’s Belt & Road

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (AFP) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took a swipe at Washington last week over Italy’s apparent decision to endorse Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the first time any G7 state has backed the $1 trillion plan at the center of a geopolitical s...
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Brexit could be delayed until May as UK changes strategy

  • Angela Merkel visited the Republic of Ireland on Thursday ahead of next Wednesday’s special European Council summit of presidents and prime ministers on Brexit. The visit came amidst UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest U-turn to explore a cross- party deal on Brexit, and her decision to a...
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Europe and China have much to gain from working together

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) speaks next to European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (File photo/AFP) The EU-China summit begins on Tuesday amid growing bilateral angst. Euro...
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May’s Halloween Brexit extension could come back to haunt her

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. (AFP) The House of Commons adjourned last Thursday night for a two-week recess after an agreement on the latest Brexit extension to October 31.  While many MPs have welcomed the new Halloween deadline, it repre...
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Putin bids to steer North Korea talks in pro-Russia direction

  • A historic first summit between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin is in the offing. (AP Photo | Getty Images) The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that preparations are underway for a historic first summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. With the meeting potentially taking p...
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Troubled EU plots its future course

  • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania. (Reuters) European presidents and prime ministers met on Thursday for a landmark summit aimed at helping to set the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years. The s...
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Abe to continue charm offensive as Trump visits Japan

  • Donald Trump starts on Saturday a multi-day trip to Japan with a packed agenda, including preparations for next month’s G-20 summit. The primary reason for the visit, from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s viewpoint, is the opportunity to deepen his personal bond with the mercurial...
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Next UK leader must tackle troubled Tory legacy

  • Theresa May announced, with unusual emotion, on Friday that she will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7. While she will stay on as Britain’s prime minister until at least July, her time in office is now ending with an unfortunately lousy legacy. So, with the selection of a new...
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After wild five years, EU prepares for 2020s

  • European presidents and prime ministers meet for a landmark summit on Thursday and Friday that will shape the continent until at least 2024. The meeting will focus on the bloc’s future strategic agenda, but the most difficult business will be carving up top EU jobs, with a transition of power u...
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Europe’s new leaders to face major early tests

  • Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, currently a defense minister in Angela Merkel’s Cabinet, has been proposed for the European Commission president’s role. (Reuters) EU leaders on Tuesday agreed in principle on a new team to lead the Brussels-based club into the 2020s after a battle...
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