AUKUS AND THE THREE OPTIONS FOR THE EU

Author: Wolfgang Münchau, former co-editor of Financial Times Deutschland and director of Eurointelligence.

FRANCE VS USA IN THE INDO-PACIFIC

France and the United States take different positions on the state of affairs in the Indo Pacific . While both countries oppose China’s hegemonic designs, France is uncomfortable with the widening gulf between the United States and China.

OVERALL BEST COUNTRIES RANKING IN 2021

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Ranking of global performance based on a variety of metrics (agility, entrepreneurship, quality of life, movers, social purpose, cultural influence, open for business, power, adventure, heritage)

STATE OF THE UNION 2021 EC KEY INITIATIVES

European Green Deal

  • Legislative proposal on integrated water management – surface and groundwater pollutants
  • Legislative proposal on carbon removal certification
  • Legislative proposal on the right to repair
  • Legislative proposal on an EU framework for harmonised measurement of transport and logistics emissions 
  • Legislative proposal to reduce the release of microplastics in the environment and to restrict the addition of microplastics to products

A Europe fit for the digital age

COP 26: COUNTRIES NOT ON TRACK!

Source: Climate Action Tracker

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EP ON RUSSIA POLICY: POSITIVE STEPS

In its engagement with Russia, the EU should move in two directions: on the one hand, conditional selective dialogue with the Kremlin authorities and regional governments, and on the other hand strategic engagement with Russian civil society, which is striving for democracy in Russia, as well as independent cooperation with regional and local actors; the EU strategy towards Russia should not preclude engaging with the authorities where it is in the interests of the EU and does not undermine the EU’s commitments to human rights and democracy goals, as it is still important for the EU to find

GROUPE D’ETUDES GEOPOLITIQUES (GEG) NETWORK

Organisme indépendant, le Groupe d’études géopolitiques est un think tank, un centre de recherche innovant et un éditeur scientifique, domicilié à l’École normale supérieure, disposant d'un bureau à Bruxelles. Fondé en 2017, reconnu d’intérêt général par le ministère français de l’Action et des Comptes publics en 2019, le GEG s’est imposé en quelques années comme un acteur de référence pour le débat stratégique, politique et intellectuel à l’échelle continentale.

CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE INDEX (CCPI) 2021 NON EU COUNTRIES

The CCPI 2021 uses 14 indicators and the following four categories:

  1. GHG Emissions 
  2. Renewable Energy 
  3. Energy Use 
  4. Climate Policy 

No country has yet to meet the Paris Agreement's requirements to keep global warming well below 2C.

Ranking of Best Performers

CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE INDEX (CCPI) 2021 EU COUNTRIES

The CCPI 2021 uses 14 indicators and the following four categories:

  1. GHG Emissions 
  2. Renewable Energy 
  3. Energy Use 
  4. Climate Policy 

No country has yet to meet the Paris Agreement's requirements to keep global warming well below 2C.

Ranking of Best Performers

EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY

Author: High Representative Josep Borrell

There is a considerable debate on the ‘how’ to build EU foreign policy and on ‘who’ frames it. The most important thing is how to avoid paralysis, because in most cases, Member States are very much divided. This inevitably leads us to the debate on how to make decisions. Should the decisions be taken at unanimity or according to the rule of qualified majority?

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