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On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would take the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, and that he could negotiate a “better deal”. Saul Loeb/AFP

A fair climate deal? Accountability first!

On June 1, Donald Trump announced that he would take the US out of the Paris climate agreement because it was "unfair" to the US. An economic analysis indicates otherwise.
Electoral posters of a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, in Marseille, France. AP Photo/Claude Paris

Four reasons why the French parliamentary elections matter

Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
One day after Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate, EU and China issued a statement from Brussels that climate change and clean energy ‘will become a main pillar’ of their bilateral partnership. Reuters

Trump’s exit of Paris climate accord strengthens China and Europe

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement strains international relations further and strengthens the resolve of other countries to move forward on climate without the US.
The Arc de Triomphe Is illuminated in green to celebrate the Paris Agreement’s entry into force. U.S. Department of State from United States

Will the Paris Agreement still be able to deliver after the US withdrawal?

Like president George W. Bush before him, Donald Trump made the announcement from the White House Rose Garden, showing that Republican governments have failed to learn past lessons.
Lebanon’s political situation is already a delicate balance. Poverty, distress and increasing numbers of refugees could exacerbate existing tensions and lead to collapse. Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Three things could happen to Lebanon as Syrian refugees rush in — two are worrisome

The country's religion-based power-sharing political system is straining to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new Syrian Sunnis.

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