FRANCE NEEDS TO OVERHAUL ITS POLITICAL SYSTEM

The current French political system of the Fifth Republic is a hybrid presidential/parliamentary system with a President who is head of state, sharing power with a Prime Minister who is the head of government.

CENTRAL FEATURES OF CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

President Xi Jinping is expected  to follow a more assertive foreign policy in the next few years and expand China’s influence in the context of global governance, and within its region.

ASIA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia. Headquartered in Beijing, China its operations began in January 2016 and have now grown to 102 approved members worldwide. By investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia and beyond, AIIB aims to better connect people, services and markets that over time will impact the lives of billions and build a better future.

Regional Members

THREE DRIVERS OF RUSSIA’S COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGY

Source: Dr. Jeremy W. Lamoreaux (Brigham Young University- Idaho)

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the  position of the AALEP.

Of the various motivations driving Russia’s global activities and strategy, three of them are particularly important for understanding Russia’s general strategic aims: the desire shared by the Russian elite for Russia to be recognized as a great power, the desire to protect Russian identity and a broader Slavic identity, and the desire to see the US global power limited.

THE EU’S MOST POWERFUL GERMANS

Source: Politico

GERMAN PRESIDENCY: VI. AN EFFECTIVE EUROPEAN UNION FOR A RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER ANCHORED IN PARTNERSHIP

In the area of the EU’s external action, too, overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully coping with its consequences and preventing future pandemics will be central issues. This will only be possible with close international cooperation. Within the context of the Team Europe approach, we will therefore work to promote joint engagement between the EU institutions and Member States, the strengthening of the multilateral institutions, productive cooperation with international partners and key players and global provision of the necessary resources.

GERMAN PRESIDENCY : V. A EUROPE OF SECURITY AND COMMON VALUES

Strengthening fundamental values and fundamental rights

GERMAN PRESIDENCY: IV. A SUSTAINABLE EUROPE

Ambitious climate and environmental policy

The economic, technological and social transformation process necessary for such an ambitious climate and environmental policy can only be successful if it is both economically balanced and socially fair, and if the whole of society is behind it. The German Council Presidency intends to do everything in its power to help shape this transformation process.

GERMAN PRESIDENCY: III. A FAIR EUROPE

Strengthening the social dimension and social cohesion

GERMAN PRESIDENCY: II. A STRONGER AND MORE INNOVATIVE EUROPE

Expanding the EU’s digital sovereignty

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