French president calls for ‘true European army’ to protect continent from China, Russia and ‘even the U.S.’ | National Post…
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has called for a “true European army” to defend the continent against Russia, China and even the U.S.
Macron, who has pushed for a joint EU military force since his election last year, issued the call in northern France in the run-up to the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Will the centre hold the balance of power in a fragmented European Parliament? –
The increasing contingent of centrist MEPs could put an end to the ‘grand coalition’ of the right and the left in the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
Has the two major European political parties’ monopoly within the Parliament run its course? This is the finding of a report titled “Parlement européen 2019 : quel hemicycle ? Quelle Europe ?” (“European Parliament 2019: Which hemicycle? Which Europe?”) by the Jacques Delors Institute/Notre Europe.

Attacking Nuclear As Dangerous, New IPCC Climate Change Report Promotes Land-Intensive Renewables
A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report attacks nuclear power as a key climate solution by promoting the notion that it risks nuclear weapons proliferation , may cause childhood leukemia , and destroys the natural environment.
“Nuclear energy,” write IPCC authors, “can increase the risks of proliferation, have negative environmental effects (e.g., for water use), and have mixed effects for human health when replacing fossil fuels.”

The United States should be a lot more afraid of China than it is – The Globe and Mail
China’s Belt and Road initiative has finally, after five years of existence, made its way into mainstream North American conversation. This massive free-trade plan out of Beijing, known previously as One Belt, One Road, will affect large swaths of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and now even parts of the Caribbean and South America. But it has little apparent relevance for the United States, especially under the current President and his often-stated position that trade agreements, indeed the very idea of international political co-operations, are “unfair.” They’re not making America great again.

Russian Journalists Killed in Central African Republic Ambush, Reports
Three Russian journalists were reportedly killed overnight in the Central African Republic (CAR) by unidentified assailants who ambushed their vehicle.
Journalist Orkhan Dzhemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and producer Alexander Rastorguev were killed in the attack, the Media Zona news website reported , citing unnamed sources.

Putin comes out with a ‘Russia First’ strategy | Asia Times
Vladimir Putin was sworn in as Russia’s new president at a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Monday. As his fourth term begins – which may also be his last term – speculation is rife about the composition of the new Russian government.

Donald Trump’s oil gamble comes at just the wrong time for the world economy | Financial Post
There is no longer an ample safety buffer against supply shocks. The geopolitical “premium” on prices has returned.

Kim Jong Un says North Korea will give up nukes if U.S. promises not to attack – National |
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday.

IEA accused of undermining global shift from fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
The global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is being undermined by the very organisation that ought to be leading the charge, according to a scathing new critique of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IPCC leak: What do Chinese experts think? | China Dialogue
Expert reviewers nominated by governments and organisations gain access to IPCC drafts under confidentiality rules. It is not a public process. However, the leaked document, and its stark warnings, was leaked last month , prompting a deluge of comment.

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