Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Also present is Élisabeth Borne, Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (left).
China’s attempts to promote its actions and model of governance while discrediting the EU are not a short-term response to the pandemic, but part of a long-term strategy to build its international power.
Cockpit of the Airbus A330-900.
In January Airbus agreed to pay nearly 4 billions euros to settle bribery charges. Theories developed by criminology researchers explain how the firm was able to operate so long with such impunity.
Global crises often spark debate over the value of the union itself. This should not be one of them.
The archaeological site of the Parliament House in Namur on 15 April 2020.
Agent du Patrimoine en Péril, le groupe pour la défense des agents de l'Agence wallonne du Patrimoine (AWaP)
In Namur, Belgium, archaeological excavations were almost buried for good under the cover of lockdown. The incident draws attention to weaknesses in archaeological heritage protection systems.
Europe remains by far the leader in the global trade of pharmaceuticals.
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare Europe's vulnerability to drug-supply disruption. Still, it remains by far the world leader in pharmaceutical products.
EU-China dialogues: not as tense as you might think.
European External Action Service via Flickr
Far from doing their job to promote EU values, research shows EU officials are complacent in their dealings with China.
Tumbling global trade with China proves no country or sector is an island.
Europeans once looked across the Atlantic for leadership in times of global crisis. But those days are over.
Like a lot of relationships at the moment, this one is being negotiated over video.
African Union Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 24, 2020. The Chairperson, African Union Commission, H.E. Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, said that the Commission will strengthen partnerships and coordination across Africa to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Despite the transnational dimension of the Covid-19 crisis, transnational responses are facing many obstacles. Yet, some regional organisations might be able to expand their mandate and resources.
The union has understandably faced criticism for failing to agree on some important issues, but vital work is going on too.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing at the Austro-Hungarian border on 18 March 2020. Hungary’s closure of its land borders following the coronavirus crisis caused massive delays for passengers and carriers – including those seeking entry from other Schengen members.
What parallel can be drawn between the Schengen countries' management of the migrant crisis in 2015 and their response to the current health epidemic?
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at the latest leaders’ summit.
Another EU leaders' meeting, another humdrum announcement afterwards.
At the Slovenian-Italian border post near Nova Gorica on 11 March 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic is prompting Europeans to rethink their relationship to borders. Faced with the threat of the spread of the disease, should the border be a wall or a filter?
European leaders meet online to discuss their coronavirus response.
EU leaders can't agree on how to deploy financial aid to economies in crisis.
The government now has the power to do whatever it deems necessary to manage the crisis, effectively for an unlimited period of time.
Meeting of the ambassadors of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the EU to discuss the coronavirus crisis Brussels, 24 March 2020.
The spread of COVID-19 highlights Europe's political and economic weaknesses and suggests that the institution may be entering a deep crisis.
On the internet, anyone can express their views, like they can in Speakers’ Corner in London – it’s up to the audience to guard against disinformation.
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A scholar who has reviewed the efforts of nations around the world to protect their citizens from foreign interference says there is no magic solution, but there's plenty to learn and do.
The mayor of Eymet, in the Dordogne region, Jerome Bétaille poses with his British running mate, Terrie Simpson, in February 2008.
Brexit has particular significance for the 757 British citizens currently elected in France, whose mandates expire at the upcoming mayoral elections in March.
Brexit will cause many uncertainties about what will happen next, especially from an economic point of view. Because of that Indonesia should seize every opportunity to increase its trade with the UK.