GERMAN PRESIDENCY: I. EUROPE’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We must support each other in the European Union with European solidarity in action and pool our resources, whether with coordinated aid deliveries of medical supplies, mutual support in treating patients or in upholding and safeguarding supply chains.

REVIEW OF NEW APPOINTMENTS (FIRST SIX MONTHS 2020)

Source: Politico (Category Influencers)

*Excludes appointments within the EU institutions

26 June 2020

EU FOREIGN STRATEGIC AGENDA (1st July 2020-31 December 2021)

Under German, Portuguese and Slovenian Presidencies

Summary

EU ACCEPTED TRAVELLERS

The citizens of 15 world countries will benefit from the reopening of the European Union external borders on July 1.

  1. Algeria
  2. Australia
  3. Canada
  4. China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
  5. Georgia
  6. Japan
  7. Montenegro
  8. Morocco
  9. New Zealand
  10. Rwanda
  11. Serbia
  12. South Korea
  13. Thailand
  14. Tunisia
  15. Uruguay

Note

CHINA-EU TRADE 2019

Source: Eurostat

EU Imports from China € 362 billion 

Euro Million

MOST PRO EU COUNTRIES

Soure: European Social Survey, June 25, 2020

How citizens would vote on a referendum on EU Membership

HISTORICAL MONUMENTS DO MATTER !

Historical monuments do matter. Instead of tearing down memorials to controversial figures, more important is to look history in the eye and reflect on our awkward relationship to it. Activists  are deluding themselves if they think that removing a statue will make any difference to inequalities of race, class or gender. Rather than insisting that statues should come down, they need to engage in the politics needed to bring about real change. The act of understanding history relies on recognising how the past informs the present, and not editing out parts we don’t like.

LEADING EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN ELECTRICAL VEHICLES SALES

Countries with highest share of plug-in EV in New Passenger Car Sales (2019)

  1. Norway: 55.93%
  2. Iceland: 17.79%
  3. Netherlands: 15.01%
  4. Sweden: 11.35%
  5. Finland: 6.89%
  6. Portugal: 5.67%
  7. Switzerland: 5.61%
  8. Denmark: 4.17%
  9. Ireland: 4.09%
  10. Austria: 3.47%
  11. Belgium: 3.23%
  12. United Kingdom: 3.15%
  13. Germany: 3.02%
  14. France: 2.77% 

BIDEN’S FOREIGN POLICY ADVISERS

  1. Tony Blinken: Biden’s former national security adviser who has been in Biden’s  orbit for the better part of 18 years. Blinken now oversees a growing cadre of familiar faces from the center-left of Washington’s foreign policy establishment who are tasked with advising the campaign both formally and informally. Blinken first served on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council before signing on in 2002 as the foreign policy adviser for Biden, who as a senator served as chairman and top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee through 2008.

SUCCINT ASSESSMENT OF DONALD TRUMP’S CONDUCT IN OFFICE

Author: Stephen Edward Schmidt (American communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on Republican political campaigns including those of President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger, and Arizona Senator John Mc Cain. He was a Vice Chair at the public relations firm Edelman until he stepped down in July 2018. In June 2018, Schmidt renounced the Republican Party as ‘fully the party of Trump”.

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