MANY EUROPEAN AIRPORTS MAY RUN OUT OF MONEY

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has published its air traffic report for June 2020, Quarter 2 (Q2) and the First Half (H1) of 2020, as well as an interim update for July 2020. The report reveals the devastating impact of the COVID-19 on Europe’s airports, with passenger traffic decreasing by 64.2 per cent during the first half of 2020 and almost coming to complete standstill in the second quarter, with a drop of 96.4 per cent, compared to the same period in 2019.  

Europe’s airport rankings have been heavily disrupted

THE VOICE OF TRUMP’S OPPONENTS

“President Trump is a disgrace to our nation. His values and ethics are poor. His skills as a leader are poor. His orator skills are poor. His ability to unify and act as a leader for our nation is nonexistent. Trump supporters are becoming increasingly emboldened by this questionably unstable president.”

TRUMP WEAKENS U.S. COMMITMENT TO NATO

Trump has consistently complained that almost all European NATO countries have inadequate military budgets, and that he no longer wants the U.S. to play the world’s policeman. Europeans are increasingly aware that they can no longer rely on US military leadership to resolve conflicts in their neighborhood, such as the Balkans, the Middle East or Africa. They must themselves become capable of action.

TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES AND MILITARY ADVENTURES

  1. Trump promised to bring an end to Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear program. Kim Jong-Un hasn’t denuclearized. 
  2. Trump said he “won’t bomb Syria.” Then he bombed Syria.
  3. After pulling out of the Paris accord, Trump said he’d negotiate a better deal on the environment. There have been no negotiations.
  4. Trump said he would renegotiate the Iran deal, but it remains at a standstill as election nears
  5. Trump said he would reverse China’s entry into the WTO but China remains in the WTO despite Trump’s vow for removal.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS IF TRUMP IS RE-ELECTED?

Mr. Trump will continue to abuse the presidency’s powers over foreign affairs to the detriment of American foreign policy.

EUROPE IS FED UP WITH TRUMP!!!!

President Trump has never before been so isolated and ignored, even mocked abroad. After years of snubs and American unilateralism, European allies have stopped looking to the president for leadership, and are turning their backs on him. They no longer trust that this president will offer them much.

Mr. Trump continues to believe allies can be abused and mistreated and that he can order them around and at the same time count on them. He doesn’t understand that while the U.S. is powerful, it doesn’t always call the shots.

THE FAILURES OF TRUMP’S INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Much of Trump’s international engagement has been a hodgepodge of impulsive and contradictory actions. To the extent there is a Trump doctrine, it amounts to this: Use tariffs, sanctions and other means of economic pressure to compel U.S. adversaries and, as often, allies to accede to White House demands. This has not worked. First, Trump set wildly unrealistic goals. Trump’s next mistake was assuming that unilateral U.S. action was enough to succeed, and that he didn’t need the international cooperation obtained by previous presidents.

EU COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE

EU leaders have agreed to a comprehensive package of €1 824.3 billion which combines the multiannual financial framework (MFF) and an extraordinary recovery effort under the Next Generation EU (NGEU) instrument.

Long-term EU budget

The new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will cover seven years between 2021 and 2027. The MFF, reinforced by Next Generation EU, will also be the main instrument for implementing the recovery package to tackle the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

L’EFFONDREMENT DU LIBAN

Le Liban traverse la pire crise économique de son histoire. La monnaie nationale perd chaque jour de sa valeur face au dollar. Les entreprises, les magasins ferment. Le chômage explose. Près de la moitié de la population vit désormais dans la pauvreté. Le gouvernement a appelé le Fonds Monétaire International à l'aide, mais il ne parvient pas à présenter des chiffres fiables de son endettement.

EUROPE NEEDS TO STAND WITH TAIWAN

Author: Michael Mazza, Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Chinese pressure campaign against Taiwan is likely to persist. In the coming years, that campaign may include formal or informal import bans on Taiwanese goods; military provocations; information warfare operations aimed at destabilizing Taiwanese society; and the poaching of diplomatic allies.

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