Asia and Europe connect to respond to global challenges

Asia and Europe connect to respond to global challenges

NDO – Strengthening the partnership between the Asian and European continents in response to global challenges is the main topic of discussion at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 12) Summit, held in Brussels, Belgium, from October 18 to 19.  (Oct 20, 2018 14:44:58)

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Brexit remains hot issue at EU summit

  Sep 20, 2018 11:45:23
NDO – The leaders of European Union (EU) countries are scheduled to meet in a two-day summit which starts on September 20, with Brexit (the United Kingdom leaving the EU) remaining a “hot” topic for discussion, as the two sides are still in a “tug of war” despite the deadline for negotiations approaching. 

US’s “fight and talk” strategy in trade war with China

  Sep 19, 2018 16:14:24
NDO – The trade war between the United States and China has been escalated to a new level after US President Donald Trump announced plans for tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The move came just days after the White House announced it had invited Chinese partners to join a new round of trade talks.  

A message of connection

  Sep 17, 2018 16:59:39
NDO – “A connected Europe” is the expectation that European Commission (EC) President, Jean-Claude Juncker, would like to transmit via his fourth and final State of the Union. An ambitious goal that the EC leader is moving towards is to build a global vision aiming to strengthen the European Union’s (EU) international position. 

“Old scenario” at risk of being repeated on Syrian battlefield

  Sep 12, 2018 16:36:22
NDO – The situation in Syria is becoming increasingly complicated, as the parties concerned recently put forward mutual accusations about the attacks conducted in the Middle East country. Such a “smoke-screen” of information has sparked worries over the possibility that the West is seeking an excuse to launch an air raid on Syria. 

Old difficulties, new challenges

  Sep 10, 2018 12:19:05
NDO – According to a survey published by Germany’s Sunday newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, on September 9, the voters’ support for the ruling coalition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel fell to a record low. The loss of faith from the voters for the ruling coalition stems from the immigration crisis, a very old issue which is, however, posing new challenges to Merkel and her partners. 

Europe stuck in Iran-US confrontation

  Sep 07, 2018 17:12:55
NDO – The delay of European nations in an attempt to salvage the Iran nuclear deal has left the country concerned of the possible collapse of the document. Iran has criticised Europe for its ineffective efforts to offset the damage to Tehran after the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 powers in 2015. Meanwhile, Tehran’s moves in preparation for all “scenarios” are increasing tensions in the US-Iran relations. 

An immigration crisis

  Sep 06, 2018 18:46:49
NDO – The immigration crisis that has plagued Europe over the past few years has temporarily subsided, with the number of refugees and migrants travelling to Europe falling sharply in 2018. However, the “underground wave” of migration is still proceeding as the number of deaths while attempting to enter European Union (EU) countries by sea has increased considerably. Ahead of an EU meeting on the issue of refugees, analysts said that migration still remains a major issue for Europe in the near future. 

Europe’s commitment to support Africa – an act of “saving itself”

  Sep 05, 2018 14:47:52
NDO – An international donor conference recently took place in Berlin, Germany, during which an aid package of EUR2.17 billion was pledged for the states bordering Lake Chad in the fight against Boko Haram. Conflict and violence in Africa is the main reason for the influx of migrants from the “black continent” to Europe. Providing aid for Africa is also a solution that European countries need to do to save themselves, as the wave of migrants becomes a problem that troubles the “old continent”. 

Keeping Brexit talks on schedule: A difficult mission

  Sep 04, 2018 16:55:49
NDO – Brexit talks are entering a sprint stage. Officials of the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) cited recent advances in the negotiation process, expressing their optimism that the two sides would soon reach a deal for the historic divorce this autumn. However, with the current barriers in negotiations, many analysts said that a bad scenario for a farewell without a deal reached between the UK and the EU is still likely to occur. 

Mediterranean surges with Russia and US calculations for Syrian battlefield

  Sep 01, 2018 17:57:26
NDO – Russia has sent 25 warships and 30 planes in preparation for a large-scale naval exercise in the Mediterranean, a move considered to be a warning to the United States and its allies about the possibility of new strikes on Syria. While the Syrian army are preparing for a decisive battle to reclaim its last strategic base in Idlib province, any outside interference could threaten to make the situation in the Middle East country messier and more complicated.  

Merkel’s Africa tour: Preventing migration from “upstream”

  Aug 31, 2018 11:46:36
NDO – One of the prime targets of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Africa tour is to control the influx of refugees into Europe. Having been criticised for her open-door migrant policy, Merkel is working to promote African aid projects in an effort to relieve the pressure of the waves of migrants seeking a better life in Europe via a strategy of “blocking them from the upstream”. 

A complex legal battle predicted between Iran and the US

  Aug 30, 2018 11:32:30
NDO – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, has opened a trial on a legal dispute between Iran and the US over Washington’s resumption of sanctions against the country, which have undermined Tehran’s economy. The lawyers of the two sides have prepared full arguments and files and remain ready for a “fierce confrontation”. 

A strategic step

  Aug 28, 2018 11:55:26
NDO - Today, the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May began her visit to three African countries, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Her first visit to Africa since she took office in July 2016 is expected to mark a turning point in London’s relationship with the continent and contribute to the preparation of a global partnership strategy after Brexit.  

US-Iran confrontation: EU stuck in difficult situation

  Aug 27, 2018 16:56:34
NDO – European countries are being caught between “two bullets” as Iran urges the European Union (EU) to continue doing business with Tehran, despite facing sanctions from the United States (US). Meanwhile, an array of EU companies are “fleeing away” from Iran, putting pressure on Europe in terms of maintaining the nuclear deal signed with Iran.