Diplomacy

Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?

It is more than a week since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and there is still little certainty regarding the future status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, or of British people living elsewhere in the EU. While many British citizens are happy to potentially wave goodbye to freedom of movement within the EU, some Britons would like to hold on to the opportunity to live and work in the other 27 countries that make up ... Read More »

China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said on July 3, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims in the resource-rich area. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said… Source: China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling – ... Read More »

Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’

Ankara’s foreign policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’ produced ‘zero neighbors without problems.’ It’s now changing tack.. Turkey’s move to restore relations with Russia and Israel this past week marks a notable pivot in its foreign policy with repercussions for the war in Syria, the migration crisis, and the tourism and energy industries in the Mediterranean… Source: Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’ – POLITICO Read More »

Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Israeli leaders call for expansion of settlements in West Bank as two Palestinians and an Israeli killed on Friday.. Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory… Source: Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2℃ are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis? Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new… Source: Politics for the planet: why nature and ... Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

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Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’

Volodymyr Groysman: ‘We are going the European way.’.. * By CYNTHIA KROET  Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Friday that he is convinced his country will join the European Union within the next decade. Groysman, who took office last April, told German newspapers of the Funke media group that Ukraine sees its future in the West, despite the ongoing conflict in the country’s east… Source: Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’ – POLITICO Read More »

Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw

Moscow has agreed to a Russia-NATO council after the alliance’s summit in Warsaw next month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on June 29, as both sides seek to defuse military tensions exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis. NATO held its first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years in April, but the talks did little to ease tensions triggered by the Ukraine crisis in 2014… Source: Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw – ... Read More »

East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises

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Dangerous aerial and naval encounters are rising as China and Japan spar over disputed islands in the East China Sea. A promising reconciliation process has floundered. To prevent an accident tipping the dispute into open hostility, both sides urgently need a credible crisis management protocol to insulate any negotiations from their broader rivalry… Source: East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises – International Crisis Group Read More »

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Italy and the Netherlands agreed on June 28 to split their term on the UN Security Council after a tie in voting forced them to reach a compromise. In the vote for five non-permanent seats, Kazakstan was elected for the first time, joining Bolivia, Ethiopia and Sweden which won spots during the secret balloting at the 193-nation General Assembly… Source: Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat – EUROPE Read More »

Brexit pushes US closer to Germany

EU exit marks the final stage of a slow-moving transition away from the UK.. By BENJAMIN ORESKES  WASHINGTON — When it became clear that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, President Barack Obama called David Cameron to offer his sympathy. Then he dialed Angela Merkel, the leader he actually leans on in times of crisis… Source: Brexit pushes US closer to Germany – POLITICO Read More »

Annual Security Review Conference of the OSCE | José Ramos-Horta

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, I have been in Austria on a number of occasions and I departed each time with more fond memories. I thank you, Mr. Secretary-General, Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, and Dr. Gernot Erler, Representative of the German Chairmanship-in-Office, for the kind invitation extended to me to take part in this important gathering of 57 Member States, covering a vast expanse of the world, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. My sincere appreciation also goes to the Austrian Ministry of Foreign ... Read More »

Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada

Despite being an important trade and defence partner, the US tends to ignore Canada. But that’s paradoxically because the two get along so well, as Jordan Michael Smith writes. US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa today comes six years after his last trip to Canada. Canadians could be forgiven for hoping that Mr Obama would pay more attention to America’s northern neighbour than he has… Source: Viewpoint: Why the US can afford to ignore Canada – BBC News Read More »

Inequality not personalities drove Britain to Brexit

Angst, alienation and resentment fueled the vote to leave the EU.. By MATTHEW GOODWIN  LONDON — Brexit delivered a political earthquake, the tremors of which will be felt for generations. Within only a matter of days Britain voted to end its membership of the European Union, saw its currency slump to a 31-year low, watched the prime minister resign, revived an old constitutional crisis in Scotland and triggered a new one in Northern Ireland, and looked on as the main opposition Labour ... Read More »

‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asked lawmakers of Britain’s anti-EU UKIP on Tuesday why they had attended a European Parliament session to discuss the consequences of the British vote to leave the bloc… Source: ‘Why are you here?’ Jean-Claude Juncker asks Brexit lawmakers Read More »

Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says

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Private sector needs to work in Africa, Asia and Latin America to drive down carbon emissions, Christiana Figueres to tell business and climate summit.. “Universal support” is needed from businesses across the world to tackle global warming, the United Nations climate chief says… Source: Universal support needed to tackle global warming, UN climate chief says | Environment | The Guardian Read More »