The revolt against liberalism: what’s driving Poland and Hungary’s nativist turn? – podcast

For the hardline conservatives ruling Poland and Hungary, the transition from communism to liberal democracy was a mirage. They fervently believe a more decisive break with the past is needed to achieve national liberation. By Nicholas Mulder

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Written by Nicholas Mulder, read by Tanya Cubric and produced by Esther Opoku-Gyeni

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán at an electoral rally in April 2018.
Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán at an electoral rally in April 2018. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

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EU leaders seek escape route from Russian fossil fuels, weigh energy investment plan

EURACTIV.com with Reuters

 10 Mar 2022

Europe’s energy independence from Russia, including in its financial aspects, will be a key topic of discussion at a two-day summit in Versailles hosted by the French EU presidency. [France Diplomatie – MEAE]

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European Union leaders will tackle ways to wean themselves off Russian fossil fuels on Thursday (10 March) and debate how quickly to ditch their key supplier, with countries split over whether to sanction oil and gas imports as Moscow wages war in Ukraine.

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The War in Ukraine Is Transforming the EU

Dave Keating Thursday, March 10, 2022 worldpoliticsreview

The European Union’s 27 leaders are in Versailles today for a summit that could prove to be historic. They are expected to sign the “Versailles Declaration,” intended to formalize the far-reaching but ad hoc policy changes the EU has implemented in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is now entering its third week. The measures under discussion would strengthen the union’s existing military, economic and border control capabilities, while also giving the bloc new powers in those areas that will push it further down the path toward federalism.

The symbolism of the decision to sign the declaration at the Palace of Versailles—where the Versailles Treaty, another pivotal document that proved central to the remaking of Europe after World War I, was signed in 1919—is not lost on anyone. In 1919, Europe’s leaders got it very wrong. Will they get it right this time? It’s very hard to say, since nobody knows what the world that emerges after the war in Ukraine will look like.

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Tiếng nói chung của thế giới về Biển Đông

Biên Phòng – Thanh Trúc 26/09/2021 – 14:13

Mới đây, Mỹ và Australia đã tiến hành cuộc tham vấn thường niên theo cơ chế “2+2” lần thứ 31, trong đó nhấn mạnh tới những quan ngại về Biển Đông, cũng như đề cao việc thượng tôn luật pháp quốc tế, bao gồm Công ước Liên hợp quốc về Luật Biển năm 1982 (UNCLOS).

(Từ trái qua phải) Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Australia Peter Dutton, Ngoại trưởng Australia Marise Payne, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Anthony Blinken, Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Mỹ Lloyd Austin trong cuộc gặp tại Thủ đô Washington, Mỹ trong tuần trước. Ảnh: REUTERS

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EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific


SOTEU BannerOn 19 April 2021, the Council adopted conclusions on an EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific [1]. As a follow-up to the Council conclusions, the Commission and the High Representative presented a Joint Communication on the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy on 16 September 2021.

Why an EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific?

The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly becoming strategically important for the EU. The region’s growing economic, demographic, and political weight makes it a key player in shaping the international order and in addressing global challenges.

The EU and the Indo-Pacific are highly interconnected. The EU is already the top investor, the leading development cooperation partner and one of the biggest trading partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Together, the Indo-Pacific and Europe hold over 70% of the global trade in goods and services, as well as over 60% of foreign direct investment flows.

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Joint Communication to the EU Parliament and Council, by the EU Commission and the High Representative of EU Foreign Affairs and Policy, on Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo Pacific

The Commission and the High Representative invite the European Parliament and the Council to endorse the approach set out in this Joint Communication and to work together on the implementation of its actions and their review.

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2021 G7 Leaders’ communiqué: Our shared agenda for global action to build back better

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G7 2021 — Final Communiqué

2021 G7 Leaders’ communiqué: Our shared agenda for global action to build back better

We, the leaders of the Group of Seven, met in Cornwall on 11-13 June 2021 determined to beat COVID-19 and build back better.  We remembered everyone who has been lost to the pandemic and paid tribute to those still striving to overcome it. Inspired by their example of collaboration and determination, we gathered united by the principle that brought us together originally, that shared beliefs and shared responsibilities are the bedrock of leadership and prosperity.  Guided by this, our enduring ideals as free open societies and democracies, and by our commitment to multilateralism, we have agreed a shared G7 agenda for global action to:

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Tài liệu SÍP: EU cần phải hành động trước sự biến tướng của hệ thống thị thực vàng

towardstransparency.vn – Gần đây, hãng tin Al Jazeera đã công bố nội dung của “Tài liệu Síp”. Tài liệu này cho thấy Cộng hòa Síp (Cyprus) – một quốc gia thành viên của Liên minh Châu Âu (EU) đã phê duyệt những cuốn “Hộ chiếu Vàng” cho 1.400 cá nhân giàu có cùng 1.100 thành viên gia đình của họ từ năm 2017 – 2019.

“Thị thực vàng” (Ảnh: Essencial Portugal)

Đơn vị điều tra của Al Jazeera cũng phát hiện ra rằng, có ít nhất 60 cá nhân trong số những người nhận được “thị thực vàng” trong giai đoạn 2017 đến 2019 thuộc diện “rủi ro cao” hay có dính líu đến tham nhũng, tội phạm và rửa tiền. Ở Việt Nam, có 2 cá nhân được công bố thuộc danh sách này.

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Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the adoption by China’s National People’s Congress of a National Security Legislation on Hong Kong.

Council of the EU Press release 1 July 2020 10:50

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress adopted the National Security Law in Hong Kong on 30 June and subsequently promulgated it in Hong Kong the same day. The European Union reiterates its grave concerns about this law which was adopted without any meaningful prior consultation of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and civil society. Tiếp tục đọc “Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the adoption by China’s National People’s Congress of a National Security Legislation on Hong Kong.”

Vietnam makes more drastic efforts to end illegal fishing

 

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung urged ministries, agencies and 28 coastal localities to make more drastic efforts to terminate violations of Vietnamese fishing boats in international waters within the next six months.

Dung stressed the point while chairing a meeting of the National Steering Committee on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on Tuesday.

He tasked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to thoroughly consider recommendations of the European Commission (EC) delegation sent to Viet Nam last month to review the country’s efforts in fighting IUU fishing. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam makes more drastic efforts to end illegal fishing”

Việt Nam, EU step up defence – security ties

Update: November, 25/2019 – 07:51 VNS

Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyễn Chí Vịnh poses for a photo with 28 EU Chiefs of Defence and other guests at the European Union Military Committee at the level of EU Chiefs of Defence on November 21. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Chung

BRUSSELS – Measures to boost security – defence co-operation between Việt Nam and the European Union (EU) were discussed at their first ever security – defence dialogue held from November 19-24 in Brussels, Belgium.

At the event, both sides spoke highly of the co-operative ties in the field, saying that the establishment of the security-defence dialogue for the first time contributes to promoting mutual understanding and furthering practical and effective co-operation. Tiếp tục đọc “Việt Nam, EU step up defence – security ties”

Google fined twice by EU in 8 months (2 articles)

Google Fined $1.7 Billion by E.U. for Unfair Advertising Rules

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European regulators said Google had violated antitrust rules by imposing unfair terms on companies that used Google’s search bar on their websites in Europe.CreditCreditPaulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times

LONDON — European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros for antitrust violations in the online advertising market, continuing its efforts to rein in the world’s biggest technology companies.

The fine, worth about $1.7 billion, is the third against Google by the European Union since 2017, reinforcing the region’s position as the world’s most aggressive watchdog of an industry with an increasingly powerful role in society and the global economy. The regulators said Google had violated antitrust rules by imposing unfair terms on companies that used its search bar on their websites in Europe.

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The art of the free trade agreement

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The art of the free trade agreement

Prabhash Ranjan

A European Court of Justice ruling will have bearing on India-EU pacts

During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) talks. These negotiations, covering trade, investment protection and intellectual property, have remained deadlocked since 2013. Tiếp tục đọc “The art of the free trade agreement”

HSBC accused of breaking EU sanctions rules by co-financing Vietnam coal plant

HSBC might be breaking European Union rules on working with Russian banks by funding a new 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power station in Vietnam. The bank, which recently announced a US$100 billion fund to fight climate change, denies this.

 eco-business_HSBC, one of the world’s largest financial services groups, may have broken European Union (EU) sanctions regulations by working with a Russian bank on the financing of a new coal-fired power plant in Vietnam, according to an investigation by Market Forces, an environmental group that campaigns against the funding of fossil fuel power projects.

The London-based global banking giant is the lead arranger and global coordinator for the financing of LongPhu1, a 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power station that is also being funded by Russian development bank Vnesheconombank. Tiếp tục đọc “HSBC accused of breaking EU sanctions rules by co-financing Vietnam coal plant”

What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?

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Ngo Viet Hoai, deputy general director of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Seafood Processing & Import/Export Company, said if the EU gives a yellow card warning, 100 percent of seafood containers to be exported to the EU will be subject to inspection in terms of fishing sources. Tiếp tục đọc “What will Vietnam’s seafood industry do if it receives yellow card from the EU?”