The EU and the US have agreed on a compromise in the
At their meeting on Monday, the Nato states for the first time adopted a clear position on China, which is described in the final declaration as presenting systemic challenges. Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed, however, that this did not mean China is seen as an opponent or an enemy. Commentators discuss Beijing's point of view.
The G7 summit which took place in Cornwall, England, after having been cancelled in 2020 came to an end on Sunday. Hopes were high that far-reaching resolutions on climate protection and pandemic control would be reached, especially since participants had already agreed on a global
US President Joe Biden announced the US's return to world politics and reaffirmed his country's commitment to old alliances at the Special Edition of the Munich Security Conference on Friday, which was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commentators discuss how Europe should now position itself vis-à-vis the US - especially if relations with
Paris and Berlin are at odds over Europe's future security policy. Both expect that even under
All over Europe Biden's election has triggered a great sense of relief. Yet just days after his victory, the EU has imposed
The US wants to withdraw a quarter of its troops from Germany. Monday' video conference between the EU's foreign ministers and their US counterpart Pompeo ended without results. Recently there were also tensions over the G7 summit planned to take place in Washington in June, which Angela Merkel cancelled citing the coronavirus pandemic. Are we in for a freeze in transatlantic relations?
French President Emmanuel Macron caused a stir with an interview published by The Economist on Thursday in which he stated that the world is witnessing Nato's "brain death". He said that the Alliance lacked a consensus on strategic decisions and described the behaviour of
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has authorised the US to impose punitive tariffs on around seven billion euros worth of EU imports per year. The arbitrators approved this as a retaliatory measure against illegal subsidies granted to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Following the ruling Washington announced it would impose tariffs on olives, cheese and whisky as well as aircraft. Commentators outline the potential repercussions.
In the ongoing trade dispute with the US the EU has raised import tariffs for a number of US goods. Tariffs for products like whisky, jeans and motorbikes were increased in retaliation for Donald Trump's import duties on European steel and aluminium products. Commentators support the move, even voicing hopes that the row will ultimately leave the EU in a better position.
French President Emmanuel Macron says that he has reached a consensus on a new deal with Iran with his host Donald Trump. Europe's press is closely following Macron's three-day visit to the White House since the Frenchman seems to be far more adept at dealing with Trump than other leaders. But for some journalists this itself is a cause of concern.