U.S. GOVERNMENT RUNNING OUT OF CASH

Current U.S. National debt stands at US $ 28.5 trillion. It could swell to US$ 35 trillion by the end of the year. The gap between government spending and revenue has swelled to more than US$ 2.2 trillion in the 2021 fiscal year.

TRACKING INFLUENCERS IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Acumen Public AffairsBrittney Elzarei is now sustainability account director, while Rodrigo Vaz is a sustainability consultant. Silvia Romeo and Ingeborg Bennink are EU health consultants. Enrica Obizzi is an EU health account manager. And David Malka is the new CFO.

APCO Worldwide: Former Irish Ambassador Declan Kelleher has joined APCO Worldwide as a senior adviser.

CONSOLIDATED GROSS DEBT OF EURO AREA COUNTRIES

% of GDP at current prices- 2021 Forecast

  1. Greece: 200.7
  2. Italy: 159.5
  3. Portugal: 130.3
  4. Spain: 122.0
  5. France: 117.8
  6. Belgium: 117.8
  7. Cyprus: 108.2
  8. Austria: 85.2
  9. Slovenia: 80.2
  10. Finland: 71.8
  11. Germany: 70.1
  12. Ireland: 66.0
  13. Slovakia: 65.7
  14. Netherlands: 63.5
  15. Malta: 60.0
  16. Lithuania: 50.7
  17. Latvia: 45.9
  18. Luxembourg: 27.3
  19. Estonia: 22.5

Euro Area: 102.3

CIVIL SOCIETY, HUMAN RIGHTS, JOURNALISTS, MEDIA AND NGO STAKEHOLDERS

  1. Association of European Journalists
  2. Association of European Journalists - Belgium
  3. Center for Reproductive Rights Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)
  4. Civil Society Europe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  5. European Center for Not-For-Profit Law Stichting (ECNL)
  6. European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)
  7. European Civic Forum
  8. European Federation of Journalists
  9. European Partnership for Democracy (EPD)
  10. European Youth Forum
  11. FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights)

FRAUD AGAINST EU BUDGET

Cases

  1. Manipulation of public procurement tenders at the national level, particularly in agriculture and structural funds with ths usual suspects of bid riggingn kickback payments and conflicts of interests.
  2. Siphoning humanitarian aid.
  3. Research grants (ERC) obtained through forged documents (inflating cvs of participants, exaggerating project sustainability etc.) put forward by companies in member states.
  4. Counterfeit goods smuggled into the EU
  5. Tobacco smuggling

Fraud within EU institutions

CE QUE PARIS ATTEND DE WASHINGTON

  1. Clarification à la fois des conditions dans lesquelles AUKUS a été décidé et clarification également des conditions d’un réengagement américain dans une relation d'alliés.
  2. Clarification sur le choix américain de tenir un allié européen à l'écart d'échanges structurants sur une coopération dans l'Indopacifique.
  3. Reconnaissance que les échanges et consultations qui auraient dû être conduites ne l'ont pas été et que cela pose une question de confiance dont il appartient aux deux parties désormais de tirer ensemble toutes les conséquences.

PRESIDENT BIDEN’S SPEECH AT THE UN

Countries, Regions and Organizations mentioned

WASHINGTON NEEDS TO REPAIR TIES WITH PARIS

Author: Max Bergmann, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a senior advisor and member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, where he focused on political-military affairs.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EUROPE ON DEFENSE AND SECURITY

Authors: Sophia Besch, Senior Reserach Fellow and Luigi Scazzieri, Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform

Europeans need to focus on becoming more capable defense actors, whether through the EU, NATO or other formats. To do so theu should:

1) Focus on improving Europe(s capacity to act rather than on abstract debates.

LIST OF CRITICAL RAW MATERIALS AND MAIN EU SOURCING COUNTRIES

Antimony : (flame retardants, defence applications, lead-acid batteries)

  • Turkey 62%
  • Bolivia 20%
  • Guatemala 7%

Baryte: (medical applications, radiation protection, chemical applications)

  • China 38%
  • Morocco 28%
  • Other EU 15%
  • Germany 10%

Bauxite (aluminium production)

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