IF THE EU WAS A FAMILY: WHO WOULD EACH MEMBER BE ?

  1. Germany would be the father and head of the family everyone has to listen if you don't act as he wants you get punished. On the other side, he actually wants the best for everyone.
  2. France is the mother, she married Germany for his money, favors some of her children but in the end, follows her husband.
  3. Ireland is an aunt who tries to convince everyone she has nothing to do with the UK.

NORD STREAM 2 NEEDS RAPID CERTIFICATION

Prices of gas have jumped more than 170 percent since the beginning of the year. There is an urgent need for a rapid certification of Nord Stream 2 to boost gas deliveries.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE COP 26 ?

As of September 2021, 85 countries and the EU27 had submitted new or updated NDCs, covering around half of global GHG emissions. Some parties, like China and Japan, have proposed new targets but not yet submitted them formally while around 70 parties – including G20 countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have neither proposed nor communicated a revised NDC target. Several parties have, moreover, submitted new NDCs without increasing ambition.

THE HILL’S ANNUAL LIST OF TOP LOBBYISTS IN WASHINGTON

NET ZERO CLIMATE TARGETS IN EUROPE

LEGISLATED NET ZERO TARGETS

Denmark: Target date: 2050

The government set out plans in 2018 to build a “climate-neutral society” by 2050. Its package included a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and support for electric vehicles. Climate change was a major theme in June 2019 parliamentary elections and the victorious “red bloc” parties enshrined tougher emissions targets in legislation passed six months later.

France; Target date: 2050

TRADE BALANCE AS % OF GDP IN EU COUNTRIES IN 2020

  1. Luxembourg: 38.72
  2. Ireland: 29.97
  3. Netherlands: 10.62
  4. Slovenia: 9.88
  5. Lithuania: 9.65
  6. Malta: 9.61
  7. Czech Rep.: 6.90
  8. Poland: 6.76
  9. Denmark: 6.49
  10. Germany: 5.82
  11. Sweden: 4.38
  12. Austria: 3.77
  13. Italy: 3.66
  14. Hungary: 2.16
  15. Bulgaria: 1.70
  16. Spain: 1.49
  17. Latvia: 1.16
  18. Slovakia: 0.81
  19. Belgium: 0.45
  20. Finland: 0.38
  21. Estonia: 0.14
  22. Portugal: -1.97
  23. France: -2.21
  24. Romania: -4.46
  25. Cyprus: -6.22

THINK TANKS & NGOS AND BIG TECH FIRMS

Big Tech has close ties to various think-tanks that can influence new regulations by publishing studies and position papers and organizing discussion forums but these ties are often not at all clear. This is a problem as it allows companies to create the impression that their interests are supported by seemingly independent advocates, making it easier for them to influence the political conversation in their own interests. On the flip-side, this situation makes it harder to scrutinise how these big companies exert influence.

DISPUTE BETWEEN BRUSSELS AND WARSAW

A ruling by Poland’s top court questioning the primacy of EU law could trigger severe financial and political penalties from Brussels, but it won’t cause Warsaw to exit the bloc. Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled on Oct. 7 that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) does not have the power to interfere with the Polish government’s decisions on the judiciary. It also said that the Polish constitution takes precedence over EU laws on issues not explicitly delegated by member states to the bloc, such as the internal organization of the judiciary. 

WEALTHIEST EU COUNTRIES

Based on balance of GDP, Average Income and Social Progress Index

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. France
  4. Denmark
  5. Belgium
  6. Sweden
  7. Italy
  8. Austria
  9. Ireland
  10. Spain
  11. Finland
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Poland
  14. Czech Republic
  15. Portugal
  16. Greece
  17. Slovenia
  18. Hungary
  19. Cyprus
  20. Lithuania
  21. Estonia
  22. Romania
  23. Slovakia
  24. Latvia
  25. Croatia

 

WHAT IF THE PRC DID ATTACK TAIWAN?

Source: RAND Corporation

How the Chinese attack unfolds and how Taiwan responds will be critical to regional assessments of whether to aid Taiwan. Most regional countries do not have official relations with Taiwan. Regional countries are cognizant that China (1) views Taiwan as a core national interest, (2) is set on unification with Taiwan, and (3) views any conflict over Taiwan as an “internal affair.” This is likely to contribute to more caution in regional deliberations to assist Taiwan.

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