Brexit remains hot issue at EU summit

Brexit remains hot issue at EU summit

NDO – The leaders of European Union (EU) countries are scheduled to meet in a two-day summit which starts on September 20, with Brexit (the United Kingdom leaving the EU) remaining a “hot” topic for discussion, as the two sides are still in a “tug of war” despite the deadline for negotiations approaching. (Sep 20, 2018 11:45:23)

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An immigration crisis

  Sep 06, 2018 18:46:49
NDO – The immigration crisis that has plagued Europe over the past few years has temporarily subsided, with the number of refugees and migrants travelling to Europe falling sharply in 2018. However, the “underground wave” of migration is still proceeding as the number of deaths while attempting to enter European Union (EU) countries by sea has increased considerably. Ahead of an EU meeting on the issue of refugees, analysts said that migration still remains a major issue for Europe in the near future. 

Europe’s commitment to support Africa – an act of “saving itself”

  Sep 05, 2018 14:47:52
NDO – An international donor conference recently took place in Berlin, Germany, during which an aid package of EUR2.17 billion was pledged for the states bordering Lake Chad in the fight against Boko Haram. Conflict and violence in Africa is the main reason for the influx of migrants from the “black continent” to Europe. Providing aid for Africa is also a solution that European countries need to do to save themselves, as the wave of migrants becomes a problem that troubles the “old continent”. 

Keeping Brexit talks on schedule: A difficult mission

  Sep 04, 2018 16:55:49
NDO – Brexit talks are entering a sprint stage. Officials of the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) cited recent advances in the negotiation process, expressing their optimism that the two sides would soon reach a deal for the historic divorce this autumn. However, with the current barriers in negotiations, many analysts said that a bad scenario for a farewell without a deal reached between the UK and the EU is still likely to occur. 

Mediterranean surges with Russia and US calculations for Syrian battlefield

  Sep 01, 2018 17:57:26
NDO – Russia has sent 25 warships and 30 planes in preparation for a large-scale naval exercise in the Mediterranean, a move considered to be a warning to the United States and its allies about the possibility of new strikes on Syria. While the Syrian army are preparing for a decisive battle to reclaim its last strategic base in Idlib province, any outside interference could threaten to make the situation in the Middle East country messier and more complicated.  

Merkel’s Africa tour: Preventing migration from “upstream”

  Aug 31, 2018 11:46:36
NDO – One of the prime targets of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Africa tour is to control the influx of refugees into Europe. Having been criticised for her open-door migrant policy, Merkel is working to promote African aid projects in an effort to relieve the pressure of the waves of migrants seeking a better life in Europe via a strategy of “blocking them from the upstream”. 

A complex legal battle predicted between Iran and the US

  Aug 30, 2018 11:32:30
NDO – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, has opened a trial on a legal dispute between Iran and the US over Washington’s resumption of sanctions against the country, which have undermined Tehran’s economy. The lawyers of the two sides have prepared full arguments and files and remain ready for a “fierce confrontation”. 

A strategic step

  Aug 28, 2018 11:55:26
NDO - Today, the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May began her visit to three African countries, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Her first visit to Africa since she took office in July 2016 is expected to mark a turning point in London’s relationship with the continent and contribute to the preparation of a global partnership strategy after Brexit.  

US-Iran confrontation: EU stuck in difficult situation

  Aug 27, 2018 16:56:34
NDO – European countries are being caught between “two bullets” as Iran urges the European Union (EU) to continue doing business with Tehran, despite facing sanctions from the United States (US). Meanwhile, an array of EU companies are “fleeing away” from Iran, putting pressure on Europe in terms of maintaining the nuclear deal signed with Iran. 

Israel’s expansion of settlements an act of “adding fuel to fire”

  Aug 24, 2018 14:41:30
NDO – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently warned that all peace treaties with Israel will be reconsidered if no transformations are made to the current situation. Israel’s hostile policies against the Palestinians are pushing the Middle East peace process to the brink of absolute collapse. Meanwhile, the “deal of the century” that US President Donald Trump has an “ambition” to implement has faced strong opposition from Palestine.  

Breaking the siege

  Aug 22, 2018 11:12:16
NDO - Turkey is taking steps to improve its relations with Russia and France and cool down the tension with Germany and Greece, as well as adopting policies to deal with the US in the “economic war”. Relations between the two allied nations in NATO intensified when US President D. Trump criticised Turkey for not acting “as friends”. 

NAFTA talks face new challenges amid US’s change in negotiation strategy

  Aug 20, 2018 17:09:17
NDO – The process of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to insiders, are roughly two-thirds complete. However, while the tripartite negotiation objectives remained unchanged, it seems that the United States is changing its negotiating tactics, manifested through the “freezing” of Canada in the NAFTA negotiations. 

A solid message from Turkey

  Aug 17, 2018 12:46:54
NDO – Turkey is in danger of falling into a financial crisis as a result of the escalating trade tensions with the United States. Washington’s decision to double tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminium has caused a wobble in Ankara’s financial market, while the lira, Turkey’s domestic currency, has plunged sharply, threatening a spread of negative impacts to other financial markets.  

UK disoriented in Brexit negotiations

  Aug 16, 2018 17:44:57
NDO – Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) have come a long way, but the closer the deadline is, the more disoriented London has become and the UK is at risk of leaving the EU without a deal being reached. This threatens to pose many implications and an ambiguous future for the “country of fog”. 

US sanctions risk triggering a new “economic war”

  Aug 15, 2018 12:48:21
NDO – An “economic war” could possibly take shape after US President Donald Trump banned companies who do business with Iran. A number of large foreign companies have recently fled Iran in order to avoid punishment from the US. However, both Iran and some of its partners, including Europe, remain determined to uphold the Iranian nuclear deal and use technical barriers to safeguard their economic interests from the threat of US sanctions.