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Pressure rises on Angela Merkel’s CDU to find a new leader following AKK’s resignation
Europe, Geopolitics

Pressure rises on Angela Merkel’s CDU to find a new leader following AKK’s resignation

Pressure develops on concerned Christian Democratic Union to accelerate the process to find a new leader following AKK resignation. This could prompt a paralysis inside Angela Merkel’s party that could spread over the EU when Germany assumes the rotating administration of the council of the European Union.

The German center-right has been in shock since Merkel’s assigned successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, quit after CDU lawmakers in the eastern province of Thuringia opposed guidelines not to favor the far-right in state elections.

While Germany has been in speculation about who could take the nation’s biggest and most grounded party into the post-Merkel period, the three top contenders have been hesitant to enter the competition.

German media gave an account on Friday that Kramp-Karrenbauer could raise the pace by reporting a timetable, or even her preferred candidate, on 24 February. The CDU’s press office would neither affirm nor dismiss the reports.

Senior German conservatives caution that neglecting the topic of the administration undecided until following the spring break would jeopardize increasing the CDU’s paralysis across the matters of the EU. In July, Germany formally takes control over the task of leading meetings of the board of the EU.

Gunther Krichbaum, the CDU chair of the committee on EU issues in the Bundestag, expressed, “Whether you need it or not, there’s a desire that Germany and France take up a joint administration role.”

Merkel’s strategy to gradually phase out her 20-year career at the front line of German politics has been shattered since her beneficiary, “AKK,” declared her departure on 10 February, The Guardian published. Read more articles and Geopolitics News and Updates click here.

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The European Union is ready to help implement the ceasefire in Libya.
Europe, Geopolitics

The European Union is ready to help implement the ceasefire in Libya.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed, during his speech at the International Security Conference in Munich, that the European Union is ready to provide assistance in implementing the ceasefire in Libya, “according to the request of the United Nations.”
Maas added that the European Union countries will consider next Monday contributing to the implementation of the arms embargo to Libya.
Maas also confirmed that the foreign ministers of the countries participating in the “Berlin Track on Libya” will meet next Sunday in Munich.

Maas stressed the necessity of “Europe not abandoning its role in the crises of Syria, Libya and the Sahel, in favor of arms exporters.” In this context, Maas considered that extremists on the African coast threaten the security of Europe.

It is noteworthy that European officials confirmed to “France Press” that Austria is blocking the resumption of the maritime operation of the European Union, which is charged with monitoring the ban on sending weapons to Libya.

A European official, who asked not to be identified, acknowledged that contacts at the highest level were being held to settle this issue, but it has not produced any results so far.

A meeting of the Union’s foreign ministers will be held in Brussels in this regard on Monday.
Another diplomat said about the new goal entrusted to the European Union mission named “Sofia”, that “the Austrians continue to refuse to deploy ships and confirm that they are receiving support from the Hungarians.”

The Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurtz told a German newspaper early February that the process “will not happen”. He added, “The Sofia operation has always been a rescue mission and has become an entry point for thousands of illegal immigrants to Europe.”
Austria and Hungary have consistently refused to take part in sponsoring the migrants the Sofia mission is saving under relief efforts at sea. The two countries also object to solidarity within the European Union for the redistribution of migrants.

European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell proposed a revised operational zone for the activities of European ships mandated to monitor the United Nations arms embargo on Libya. These operations are supposed to take place at sea, outside the roads of drug traffickers.
But the Austrians reject these arguments, according to sources, “Agence France Presse,” which stated that “in this position, Austria permits leaving the sea to others and does not help calm the crisis in Libya.” You can find more Geopolitics News and Updates link us.

Trump Increases Sanctions EU Over Airbus
Americas, Geopolitics

Trump Increases Sanctions EU Over Airbus

The United States is now targeting the European Union over raise of tariff as European Union’s dispute over subsidies remains unresolved within the bloc. It is confirmed that the tariff would be raised by 15 percent.

From a 10 percent tariff imposed in October 2019, beginning March 18, the raise will apply to airplanes from France, Germany, Spain and the U.K.

Under a World Trade Organisation ruling, the US has won the rights to impose tariffs to the tune of 100 percent, if need be. After a 15 year battle, the WTO ruled in favour of America, when the dispute over EU awarding more than required subsidy to Airbus aircrafts.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative had then confirmed that they would impose the tariffs starting October 18, with 10% levies on jetliners and 25% duties on other products including Irish and Scotch whiskies, cheeses and hand tools.
With its current imposition of 15 percent, it has not decided to alter the current list, though trade analysts are hoping the US would loosen its tight noose on EU for a bit, owing to the fact that EU is also going through a tough restructuring phase with Britain exiting the bloc.

This is being seen as a pressure tactic yet again, where the USTR has made a formal statement and said that “The United States remains open to a negotiated settlement that addresses current and future subsidies to Airbus provided by the EU and certain current and former member States.” If you want more Geopolitics News and Updates follow us.

Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue
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Libyan Parliament: These are our conditions for participating in the Geneva Dialogue

By Amina Souafi.

In conjunction with the holding of meetings of the Libyan Dialogue Committee in Geneva under the auspices of the UN envoy, Ghassan Salameh, the Libyan parliament listed a number of conditions that must be met for its participation in the Geneva meeting.

He also stressed that his representatives in the Geneva Dialogue are chosen by him and under the dome of Parliament, stressing the need to clearly define the tasks of the Dialogue Committees, the duration of time and the mechanisms of their work.

In addition, the Libyan parliament demanded that no government will be approved unless approved by it and that the number of its representatives will not be equal to the number of representatives of the advisory council.

This position came hours after the UN envoy announced that “there is a real will to start negotiations” between the two warring parties with their intention to meet for talks in Geneva with the aim of achieving a permanent ceasefire in the country.

Salama also said in a press conference from Geneva today that he asked the Security Council to pass a resolution reaffirming the existing arms embargo and agreeing to measures to ensure adherence to it.

He explained that the talks between the two parties, which did not meet face-to-face in Geneva on Monday, aimed to “bridge gaps in views on how to organize a sustainable, permanent ceasefire on the ground.” He added, “We started yesterday to discuss a long list of points on our agenda, ranging from working to transform the armistice to a more coherent one and reduce the violations of the parties to it, as well as turning that armistice into a real agreement on a permanent ceasefire.”

The Geneva talks include five senior soldiers from the Libyan National Army and five forces allied to the reconciliation government.

It is noteworthy that the fighting on the ground continued recently despite the call for a truce launched by Russia and Turkey starting from January 12 and an international summit on Libya held in Berlin on January 19 with the aim of curbing international intervention. watch more news about Geopolitics news and updates.

The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar
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The European Union supports Spain against Britain in the case of Gibraltar

The European Union is expected to support Spain’s claim to Gibraltar, and to give Madrid the authority to exclude “The Rock” from the post-Brexit deal.

The European Union plans to give Spain the ability to “exclude” Britain’s Gibraltar from any deal with the European Union, after the “Brexit”.

According to reports, the European Union is expected to give British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the option to hand the territory over to Spain or exclude it from any trade agreement between the union and Britain.

A senior European diplomat told the British Observer newspaper: “They have asked in principle that the new relationship will not apply to Gibraltar without the explicit consent of Spain, and it will not be granted unless the Gibraltar issue is resolved through bilateral talks between Spain and Britain.”

It is noteworthy that Britain celebrated Friday the start of the process of leaving the European Union, and is scheduled to start the next stage of negotiations between the two sides on March 3rd.

The European Council’s Article 50 guidelines outline that the union cannot reach an agreement with Britain on Gibraltar without the approval of the Spanish government, according to the British newspaper “Sun”.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will also demand the smooth transportation of 10,000 people traveling daily to Gibraltar to work there, with access to the single market.

The British Prime Minister is looking to get his country out of the single market, and he will have to conclude a separate deal to prevent the presence of heavily guarded borders between Spain and Gibraltar.

It is worth noting that in a 2016 referendum, 96 percent of Britons voted in Gibraltar in the hope that easy access to and exit from Spain would be preserved for both workers and goods.

The Gibraltar region, which is subordinate to Britain, is a square peninsula of 4 kilometers long and has been a source of tension between Spain and Britain for centuries, and its population is estimated at about 30,000 people only, but it has great strategic importance as it lies on the entrance between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, and between the two continents of Europe And Africa.

There is a British naval and military base in Gibraltar, one of its aims is to monitor shipping to and from the Mediterranean.

Spain rejects London’s control of the Gibraltar region, according to the Treaty of Utrecht signed in 1713, and has been demanding for years for sovereignty over it. Follow more Geopolitics News and Updates

Netanyahu to Putin: “The American peace plan is a unique opportunity”
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Netanyahu to Putin: “The American peace plan is a unique opportunity”

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the US plan, presented as “the deal of the century”, which the Palestinians rejected, is a “unique opportunity” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the beginning of the bilateral talks with Netanyahu in Kremlin, the Russian President made no mention of the plan revealed by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, while Russia is one of the historical mediators of this conflict.

“You are the first president with who I talk about the plan presented by Donald Trump”, Netanyahu told Putin, adding: “I think we have a unique opportunity here and I want to talk to you about it, and of course I can hear your opinion”.

Russia has not yet commented in detail on Trump’s proposal, but has said it appears to be in contrast with United Nations Security Council resolutions. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman later said that the ministry had “just begun studying” the document, consisting of 181 pages, while Palestinians already rejected the text.

“The decision about a long-term and just peace must be in the hands of the Palestinians and the Israelis themselves, because it relates to their future”, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reaffirmed to reporters.

Moscow also calls for a direct Israeli – Palestinian dialogue to reach a mutually acceptable compromise. The plan offers many concessions to the Israeli occupation State and gives it the right to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank, particularly in the Jordan Valley.

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The “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance is reinforced by three countries
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The “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance is reinforced by three countries

In an attempt to curb North Korea’s provocations, the alliance’s so-called “Five Eyes” alliance has expanded to include France, Japan and South Korea, which aims to exchange intelligence between these countries, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.

The alliance included Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, and by joining the three new partners, it would enhance North Korean ballistic missile intelligence and control activities.

Last fall, officials from the eight countries met and discussed how best to gather information on North Korea, as well as exchange intelligence on China’s growing military power.

Prior to the expansion of the alliance, the eight countries were concentrating their efforts to monitor activities at sea to prevent North Korean ships from engaging in illegal cargo transfers, without a framework for cooperation between their intelligence units.

The United States has sought to build a new framework called “Five Eyes +” with friendly countries to counter threats in new areas, including space and cybersecurity, as China doubles its power in this area.

A US government source told the agency that Japan has become almost the “sixth eye” of the five-nation alliance, given its proximity to China and North Korea and its capabilities to collect relevant information through satellite and intelligence signals.

It is noteworthy that the alliance, which consists of five English-speaking countries, was established according to the “UKUSA” Multilateral Agreement, a treaty specialized in the field of joint cooperation in the field of intelligence.

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