US-Iran confrontation: EU stuck in difficult situation

US-Iran confrontation: EU stuck in difficult situation

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. (Aug 27, 2018 16:56:34)

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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.  

New US sanctions on Russia – a move of surprise

  Aug 14, 2018 11:55:08
NDO – Following the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the analysts were expecting a new page in the US-Russia relations. However, Washington has decided to impose new sanctions against Moscow and the two sides have repeatedly criticised each other in recent days, thus pushing their bilateral ties back into a state of tension. 

A crack in US-Turkey alliance

  Aug 13, 2018 13:11:39
NDO – Turkey and the United States are falling into a serious diplomatic crisis. Although a deputy ministerial level delegation from Turkey has arrived in the US for negotiations aiming to settle the deadlocks in their bilateral ties, both Washington and Ankara continue to count on mutual trade and economic retaliation measures. The two countries are experiencing a period of gloom in the history of the relations between the two allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) bloc. 

The UK in a “dilemma” on Brexit

  Aug 05, 2018 14:48:18
NDO – The United Kingdom (UK) is currently in a “dilemma” in the negotiations on Brexit (the UK leaving the European Union). London is unlikely to reach a win-win deal with Brussels and is being forced to change its negotiating policy, while the number of Britons who want to stay in the EU continues to increase.  

New challenges arise as the Syrian war comes to an end

  Aug 01, 2018 17:44:08
NDO – Syria has suffered through seven years of devastating war. As the Syrian troops are making their final attempt to regain control of territories that remain in the hands of militants, Russia and powers are focusing on the return of Syrian refugees and the reconstruction of the Middle East country. However, it is still an extremely precarious journey to the restoration of peace and stability in Syria.  

Economic slump, a forewarned risk of escalating global trade war

  Jul 31, 2018 11:14:55
NDO – The global trade war is in danger of spreading on a large scale. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) reported that within just seven months, the WTO member countries have imposed 75 new trade-restrictive measures. These barriers to trade not only hamper the world’s economic growth, but also cause many implications for the global trade system. 

BRICS summit discusses joint efforts in response to common challenges

  Jul 27, 2018 17:51:00
NDO – The 10th summit of the BRICS bloc of emerging economies (including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) recently convened in Johannesburg, South Africa.  

Protests in Iraq: The last straw

  Jul 20, 2018 17:33:24
NDO – The prolonged protests, accompanied by bloody clashes, against social policies in Iraq have moved into the second week. In the context of Iraq having conducted a controversial parliamentary election and currently facing multiple challenges after defeating the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), the wave of protests could be regarded as dangerous flames threatening the stability and national security in the Middle Eastern country.  

JEFTA signing: A strong message against protectionism

  Jul 19, 2018 11:19:03
NDO – The Japan-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement (JEFTA), recently signed in Tokyo, is the largest bilateral trade deal in the EU’s history. As both the EU and Japan are listed in the controversial tariff by the United States (US), JEFTA is seen as a counterweight to the US’s “America First” policy, while sending a strong message against protectionism. 

Russia-US “handshake” on Syrian issue: An anticipated move

  Jul 18, 2018 15:08:14
NDO – The Syrian crisis was one of the major issues discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The global public touched on the possibility that Russia and the US would “shake hands” over the issue of Syria, or orchestrate relationships between the parties concerned. The question is whether it could change the course of the war in Syria? 

New beginning but old challenges for Russia-US relations

  Jul 17, 2018 12:17:15
NDO – The summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump took place in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, marking a new beginning in Russia-US ties. However, despite the occurrence of the meeting, relations between the two powers still face multiple challenges and need more time to be really normalised.  

Iran nuclear deal among “hot” topics at international forums

  Jul 16, 2018 17:18:02
NDO – The topic concerning the nuclear issue signed between Iran and the P5+1 group (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany), as well as the role of Iran in the region, have attracted huge attention at many international conferences and forums.  

Battle over NATO’s defence budgets

  Jul 13, 2018 09:41:35
NDO – A summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) took place on July 11 and 12, in Brussels, Belgium. As expected by analysts, the defence budget became a hot issue at the conference as US President Donald Trump urged his allies to increase their defence spending to at least 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) at once, not by 2025. 

Russia-US summit: High expectations and multiple challenges

  Jul 10, 2018 12:22:31
NDO – Following the success of the summit between the United States (US) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the international public is focusing their attention on the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with expectations that the July 16 meeting will create a breakthrough in the Russia-US ties. However, there remain a lot of challenges and obstacles for both Washington and Moscow to address in order to break the deadlock in bilateral relations.