BUSINESSEUROPE 10 KEY ISSUES

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Data Economy (Health, Education, Transport, Public Services, Scare Resources)
  3. ePrivacy
  4. Digital Taxation
  5. Migration (External Borders Management)
  6. Security (Common European Asylum System)
  7. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) (Military and Defence Cooperation)
  8. European Industrial Strategy
  9. Trade (New Markets, Level-playing field, Rules-based trade

270 DAYS SINCE THE POSITION OF US AMBASSADOR TO THE EU IS VACANT

The position of US Ambassador to the European Union has been vacant since 20 January 2017 when the US Ambassador resigned at the end of the Obama administration.

Yet, the United States and the European Union are essential partners in a turbulent world. On almost every significant regional and global issue of concern the EU is playing a key role.

Key issues (Alphabetical Listing)

AUSTRIAN ÖVP VIEW OF EUROPE

  1. Wir brauchen vor allem im Bereich der Aussen-Sicherheits-und Verteidigungspolitik eine Stärkung der Europäischen Union.
  2. Eine lückenlose Sicherung der EU-Aussengrenze.
  3. Um illegale Migrationsrouten zu schliessen, fordern wir z.B. eine zivil-militärische Grenzschutztruppe für EU-Assistenzeinsätze an den Aussengrenzen under ziviler Führung und eine robuste Kriseneingriffstruppe auf europäischer Ebene, die in akuten Krisenfällen zum Schutz Europas international zum Einsatz kommt.

21 KEY ISSUES FACING THE EU

  1. Brexit
  2. Catalonia
  3. Competing French and German visions of a more integrated Europe
  4. Digital Europe
  5. Environmental Issues (Climate Change)
  6. Food Standards
  7. Foreign and Security Policy
  8. Future of the EU
  9. Greek Review
  10. Iran
  11. Islamist Radicalization
  12. Migration and Refugees
  13. NATO
  14. Reform of the Euro Area
  15. Relations with Russia
  16. Rule of Law
  17. Terrorism
  18. Trade Agreements
  19. Turkey
  20. Ukraine
  21. UN

 

RETURN TO MULTI-POLARITY

The essential pillars of U.S. global power that have sustained Washington’s hegemony for the past 70 years are being weakened. The US is weaker internationally than it used to be. Past US Presidents through skillful diplomacy, their knowledge of the international system, their geopolitical skills were able to maximize U.S. influence on the world stage. They could use U.S. military power strategically, deftly, they could lead international coalitions, they could set the international agenda.

A TAKE ON AMERICA’S DISENGAGEMENT FROM WORLD AFFAIRS

  1. Today there is much uncertainty, not just over America’s policies and its place in the world, but also over the responses of its allies and adversaries to important changes in the style and substance of US engagement internationally.
  2. The image of America as an open and tolerant society to be imitated, and as an example of values and characteristics to which other states might aspire, has weakened.
  3. The diminishment in both America’s capability and its will to lead mean that the US will play a less active role in the world in the coming years.

EU COMPANIES INVESTING IN IRAN

European companies are rushing to have first access to the lucrative, almost 80-million-person strong Iranian economy.

Denmark

  1. A delegation of Danish executives visited Tehran to discuss construction, shipping and wind power.
  2. Maersk has met with Iranian officials
  3. Novo Nordisk plans to build a pharmaceutical plant in Iran

France

WHAT DOES THE DISCERTIFICATION OF THE IRAN DEAL BY THE U.S. MEAN?

President Donald Trump has informed Congress that Iran is not complying with its end of the nuclear deal, despite numerous IAEA reports to the contrary and his own two previous certifications. While Trump’s refusal to re-certify is not the same as completely withdrawing from the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) refusing to certify and kicking the issue over to Congress, means that Congress will have then to decide within 60 days whether to re-impose nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran.

DONALD TRUMP WITHDRAWAL DOCTRINE

Author: Uri Friedman, Staff Writer at the at the Atlantic

Original Text has been edited

US WITHDRAWS FROM UNESCO: DIPLOMATIC MYOPIA

America has decided to withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations programme responsible for corralling international cooperation on issues such as science and education and designating world heritage sites. The State Department said the decision reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at Unesco, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at Unesco. The withdrawal will take effect Dec. 31, 2018.

Recapitulation

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