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.

TAIWANESE PRESENCE IN EUROPE

  1. Austria: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Austria
  2. Belgium: Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium
  3. Czech- Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Prague
  4. Denmark: Taipei Representative Office in Denmark
  5. Finland: Taipei Representative Office in Finland
  6. France: Bureau de Représentation de Taipei en France
  7. France : Bureau de Représentation de Taipei en France, Bureau Annexe d’Aix-en-Provence

TAIWAN TWIN SISTER CITIES IN EUROPE

Tainan 

  • Elblag, Poland

Taipei 

  • Prague, Czech Republic (2020)
  • Riga, Latvia (2001)
  • Versailles, France (1986)
  • Vilnius, Lithuania (1998)
  • Warsaw, Poland (1995)

Taitung

  • Debrecen, Hungary

Taoyuan

  • Radom, Poland

21 PROPOSED INITIATIVES FOR EU RELATIONS WITH TAIWAN

  1. Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA).
  2. Participation of Taiwan as an observer in meetings, mechanisms and activities of international bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  
  3. Economic, scientific, cultural, political and people-to-people exchanges, as well as exchanges with the participation of Member State representatives, including at the most senior levels.

EU-TAIWAN POLITICAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

Source: European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs 9/9/2021

MACRON’S FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN BRUSSELS

France will use its EU presidency in the first half of 2022 to promote its ideas on Europe. Many of the key people in Brussels are sympathetic to France.

THE PANDORA PAPERS

Source: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

A massive investigation from more than 600 journalists across the globe sheds new light into the shadowy world of offshore banking — and the high-powered elites who use the system to their benefit.

The exposé, dubbed the "Pandora Papers”, shows how the world's wealthy hide their money and assets from authorities, their creditors and the public using a network of lawyers and financial institutions that promise secrecy.

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