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EU continues to beef up its global sanctions policy

  • One of the big surprises since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the depth and breadth of the EU’s response, including 11 rounds of sanctions so far. However, the EU’s sanctions policy now extends far beyond Moscow to include dozens of countries, as Brussels seeks to become a more powerful ...
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Foreign powers’ focus turns to the Asia-Pacific

  • Global diplomacy in September will be dominated by the G20 leadership event in India on Sept. 9-10. Yet, below that international radar screen are key East Asia and Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits a few days earlier. While the ASEAN and East Asia events in Indonesia are lower p...
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Europe’s dilemma over climate action and energy security

  • One of the EU’s longstanding global goals has been climate action, yet since the Ukraine war began there also has been a huge new political emphasis on delivering energy security. Energy security is defined by the International Energy Agency as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources...
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Saudi-India Investment Forum builds on business impact of G20 summit

  • There may have been criticisms of the G20’s joint declaration at the weekend, including from Ukraine and environmental nongovernmental organizations, but the summit surpassed many expectations and provided some key business takeaways. This includes the eye-catching new India-Middle East-Europ...
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Azerbaijan offensive raises fears of new war in Europe’s ‘backyard’

  • European politics has been convulsed in the past 18 months by the Ukraine conflict. Yet, there are concerns of a second war in the EU’s “backyard” after Azerbaijan launched a new military offensive on Tuesday against Armenian positions in Nagorno-Karabakh. While a shaky ceasefire was agreed th...
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‘Greater Europe’ project begins to take shape

  • The new European Political Community of almost 50 nations meets for the third time on Thursday. The group has generated much media interest since its formation in 2022, yet the debate around its core purpose has only become energized in recent weeks. While the mandate of the body will not be ...
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Key election could be a pivotal moment for Poland and Europe

  • Politicians often describe upcoming elections as “the most important in a generation, if not ever,” but that tag could actually be accurate in Poland, the EU’s fifth-most-populous nation, this weekend. In what may prove to be an era-defining vote — which opposition leader Donald Tusk has bill...
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After 600 days of Ukraine war, EU considers long-term strategy

  • As the conflict in Ukraine this week passed the 600th day of a grinding war of attrition, a potentially significant new dynamic is emerging that could change the course of the Ukrainian war effort. The steadfast support of the US for Kyiv appears to be potentially at risk as a result of the pol...
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Despite domestic pressures, foreign affairs dominate agenda at EU summit

  • With 2024, a big election year for the EU, fast approaching there is much important domestic policy business for the bloc to attend to. However, it was foreign policy that ultimately topped the agenda during the European summit of presidents and prime ministers of the 27 member states in Brusse...
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As the EU ponders possible expansion, membership might grow to more than 30 states

  • Much of the attention among European authorities is currently focused squarely on next year’s key European Parliament elections. However, a growing number of key EU officials, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, are looking further ahead to the Europe of the 2030s, by ...
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