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France's Macron calls for European tech company push by 2030
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
France's President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. French efforts to create "unicorns", or companies worth at least $1 billion, are still overshadowed by U.S. equivalents, however. Macron said last year he expected France to have 25 "unicorns" by 2025. They also recommended modernising regulations in Europe as well as creating competitive stock option schemes as part of initiatives to scale up European technology firms. ($1 = 0.8247 euros)Reporting by Sarah White and Matthieu Protard Editing by Alistair BellOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Christian Hartmann PARIS, Macron, Sarah White, Matthieu Protard, Alistair Bell Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, EU, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Europe, France
An investment pact between the European Union and China is still possible, but both sides may wait until 2023 at the earliest to ratify the deal, said an analyst from risk consultancy Eurasia Group. Despite the hiccup, Neil Thomas, China analyst at Eurasia Group, said it's "more probable than not" that the EU and China will in the longer term ratify the deal called the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. Thomas explained that the benefits of the EU-China investment deal include improved market access for European firms in China, as well as better rules on subsidies, state-owned enterprises and technology transfer. But any ratification of the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment may not happen until 2023 at the earliest, said Thomas. China's geopolitical footingBeyond the economic benefits of the investment pact, China could lose some geopolitical footing if the deal isn't eventually ratified, said Thomas.
Persons: Neil Thomas, Thomas, CNBC's, Neil Thomas China, That's, Emmanuel Macron's, Xi Jinping, Xi, isn't Organizations: European Union, Eurasia Group, EU, Investment, Europe, U.S, National Congress, Chinese Communist Party, CCP Locations: China, EU, Beijing, Eurasia
The U.S. and EU are nearing a truce on the Boeing-Airbus dispute
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Silvia Amaro | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
President Joe Biden and his EU counterparts are keen to show that there is new momentum in the trans-Atlantic relationship. CNBC reported last week that the EU was pressing the White House to reach a deal to end trade tariffs imposed during the Donald Trump presidency, in relation to the Airbus and Boeing dispute that first emerged in 2004. Trump imposed duties worth $7.5 billion on European products after the World Trade Organization ruled that the EU had given unfair subsidies to Airbus. Shortly afterwards, the EU imposed tariffs worth $4 billion on U.S. products off the back of another WTO ruling that said the U.S. had granted illegal aid to Boeing. The EU has been keen to set a date to remove these outstanding tariffs and suggested July 11 last week.
Persons: Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen, Donald Trump, Trump Organizations: LONDON, European, EU, CNBC, Airbus, Boeing, White, Trump, World Trade Organization Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United States, China, U.S
Russian mercenaries, supported by at least one combat helicopter, attacked the neighborhood as they hunted for rebels known as the Seleka. One 20-year-old man, Abdoulaye, told CNN that he came out with several others, hands in the air. CNN and The Sentry obtained confidential UN documents that support the accusations against the Russian mercenaries made by witnesses and victims. Late in December, Russian mercenaries opened fire on a truck that failed to stop at a checkpoint. One man alleged that Russian mercenaries carried out summary executions of suspected rebels in a village near gold and diamond deposits.
Persons: Fatouma, George Clooney, John Prendergast, Abdoulaye, FACA, Djibrila, Sorcha MacLeod, MacLeod, UNWG, Valery Zakharov, Faustin, Vladimir Putin, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Ange Kazagui, Ivan Mechetin, Malik, MINUSCA, he'd, Nimery, Mankeur Ndiaye, President Touadera, Ndiaye, Jean, Pierre Lacroix, Prigozhin, Wagner, Midas, Touadera, Emmanuel Macron, Dmitri Polansky Organizations: Central African Republic, CNN, CAR, Central African, Sentry, UN, Mercenaries, FACA, Rights, University of Copenhagen, Rwandan, UN Human, Medecins San Frontieres, MSF, MINUSCA, Central African Armed Forces, Human, Sewa Services, Wagner PMC, Lobaye Invest, Ministry of Mines, The Locations: Bambari, Central African Republic, al Taqwa, Libya, Russia, Russian, Bossangoa, Bria, MINUSCA, Bangassou, Moscow, Bangui, Canadian, Ndassima, Central Africa, Russians, Berengo, France
“The president routinely says that we are strongest when we work with our friends and allies,” she said. At the Group of 7 summit meeting in Britain, sitting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Mr. Biden lavished praise on the European Union. That is a marked change from the expressed views of former President Donald J. Trump, who considered the European Union an “economic foe” and competitor and derided NATO members as free-riders on American military spending. In some ways, the European Union, given its enormous economic power as a market and as a trading bloc, has more impact on American life than any other multilateral institution. Mr. Biden wants more support from the Europeans on restraining the damaging effects of the rise of China, with whom the Europeans do a significant amount of trade.
Persons: Tai, , ” Mr, Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, , Donald J, Trump Organizations: Boeing, European Union, European Commission, European Council, Group, NATO Locations: Britain, France, Western Europe, European Union, China
French Muslims pay heavy price in COVID pandemic
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Caroline Pailliez | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
But evidence collated by Reuters - including statistical data that indirectly captures the impact and testimony from community leaders - indicates the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the overall population. But in France, the pandemic throws into sharp relief the inequalities that help fuel tensions between French Muslims and their neighbours - and which look set to become a battleground in next year's presidential election. There is no official data, but undertakers said around three quarters of French Muslims were buried abroad pre-COVID. Statisticians also use data on foreign-born residents to build a picture of the impact of COVID on ethnic minorities. This shows excess deaths among French residents born outside France were up 17% in 2020, versus 8% for French-born residents.
Persons: Mamadou Diagouraga, Diagouraga, it's, M'Hammed Henniche, Denis, Emmanuel Macron's, Boubou, undertakers, Undertakers, Samad Akrach, Akrach, Michel Guillot Organizations: Reuters, Statisticians, Institute for Demographic Studies, Thomson Locations: Paris, COVID, France, North Africa, Seine, United States, MECCA, Mecca, Islam, Valenton, de, Marne, Val, Somali, Africa, French
Sudan's prime minister warns of risk of chaos, civil war
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/PoolKHARTOUM, June 15 (Reuters) - Sudan's prime minister warned on Tuesday of the risk of chaos and civil war fomented by loyalists of the previous regime as he sought to defend reforms meant to pull the country out of a deep economic crisis and stabilise a political transition. "The deterioration of the security situation is mainly linked to fragmentation between components of the revolution, which left a vacuum exploited by its enemies and elements of the former regime," Hamdok said. He said that without reform of Sudan's sprawling security sector, which expanded under Bashir as he fought multiple internal conflicts, Sudan will continue to face internal and external threats. "These fragmentations can lead us to a situation of chaos and control by gangs and criminal groups, just as it can lead to the spread of conflict among all civilian groups and might lead to civil war." Additional reporting by Alaa Swilam Writing by Aidan Lewis Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdalla Hamdok, Emmanuel Macron, General Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Sarah Meyssonnier, Hamdok, Omar al, Bashir, Alaa, Aidan Lewis, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Sudan's, French, Sudan's Sovereign, International Conference, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Paris, France, KHARTOUM, Khartoum
China Clouds Biden’s Transatlantic Reunion
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Rochelle Toplensky | ) www.wsj.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
Of all the differences between the U.S. and its allies in Europe, how to deal with China is the most intractable. Fresh from the G-7 love-in in Britain, President Biden is in Brussels this week to meet NATO and European Union leaders. There will no doubt be more warm words of trans-Atlantic harmony on subjects such as Covid-19, climate change and the importance of democracy. The weekend’s G-7 communiqué was mainly hawkish on China, but the accompanying commentary highlighted the balancing act the EU has to pull off. European leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Mario Draghi stressed the need to cooperate with Beijing.
Persons: Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi Organizations: U.S, NATO, European Union, Boeing, Airbus, EU, Initiative Locations: Europe, China, Britain, Brussels, Beijing, Washington, Central, Eastern
Biden Tries to Rally G-7 Leaders to Challenge China
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( Max Colchester | Andrew Restuccia | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
CARBIS BAY, England—Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies called on China to respect human rights but stopped short of an outright condemnation of Beijing, as President Biden sought to build momentum for an international coalition to counter Chinese influence in the world. The statement is unlikely to have any immediate practical effect. While it named Beijing despite some initial concerns from several European leaders that forceful language might antagonize China, the U.S. didn’t succeed in naming China in a section of the statement condemning forced labor practices. French President Emmanuel Macron said that he was eager to continue to engage with China on issues such as climate change. “That is unchanged,” he said, adding that nations needed to treat China with respect.
Persons: Biden, , China “, , didn’t, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, China, Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, U.S, Italian
Taiwan says will be ‘force for good’ after unprecedented G7 support
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSTaiwan will be a “force for good” and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. Taiwan and G7 member countries share basic values ​​such as democracy, freedom, and human rights, he added. Taiwan will continue to deepen its partnership with G7 states and other like-minded countries and strive for greater support from the international community, he said. Taiwan will also "firmly contribute the greatest force for good" for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, Chang added. While most countries, including G7 members, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the grouping along with other Western allies have been bolstering their backing for the island.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Xavier Chang, Chang Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Sunday, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, REUTERS Taiwan, China, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan
United States President Joe Biden's plan to unite Washington's closest allies and take on China just scored a big political win. The G7 confronted China on just about every sore spot, from allegations of human rights abuses and forced labor in Xinjiang to ongoing political disputes over Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. China still fired back against the statement, accusing the G7 of deliberately slandering China" and "arbitrarily interfering in China's internal affairs." Under Biden, the United States recently expanded a ban on American investment in dozens of Chinese firms. In his statement reported by Xinhua, the Chinese President said it was important to "maintain overall social stability and create a good atmosphere for the Party's centenary."
Persons: Joe Biden's, Washington's, Xi, Donald Trump, Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Mario Draghi, Joe Biden, Biden, China's mercantilist, Alex Capri, Hinrich, , Xi Jinping, Qu Yuan Organizations: CNN, US, United, Washington, Embassy, Canadian, Trump, Huawei, Hinrich Foundation, National University of Singapore, Mecrator Institute of China Studies, Eurasia Group, CNN . Rescue, Xinhua, Communist Locations: China, States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China, Taiwan Strait, London, Italian, St Austell , Cornwall, England, Beijing, Europe, United States, Britain, Asia, Korea, New Zealand, China's Hubei Province, China's Hubei, Zhangwan, Shiyan, Heilongjiang province, Shenzhen, Hubei, Tianjin
Live NATO Live Updates: Biden’s First Summit Will Focus on Russia and China President Biden is taking part in his first NATO summit as president. Biden’s first NATO summit as president will be a sharp contrast to Trump’s. Activists of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and other peace initiatives staged a protest in Berlin in January. The accord outlaws the use, testing, development, production, possession and transfer of nuclear weapons and stationing them in a different country. “A world where Russia, China, North Korea and others have nuclear weapons, but NATO does not, is not a safer world,” she said.
Persons: Biden, Topping, Brendan Smialowski, Donald J, Trump, ’ ’, Emmanuel Macron, Jens Stoltenberg, Mr, Tobias Schwarz, , Tim Wright, Jessica Cox Organizations: NATO, China, Melsbroek, Sunday ., Agence France, Getty, New, International, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, United Nations Locations: Russia, China, Biden’s, Brussels, BRUSSELS, New United States, France, Afghanistan, Asia, Berlin, Geneva, NATO’s, United States, Britain, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, American, Belgium, Italy, Spain
"We had a positive and productive meeting, much of it one-on-one," Biden told a news conference after their meeting in Brussels. Erdogan characterised his talks with Biden on the sidelines of a NATO summit as "productive and sincere." 1/5 U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo Read MoreAs president, Biden has adopted a cooler tone than predecessor Donald Trump towards Erdogan. At the start of the main leaders' session at NATO, Biden spoke to Erdogan at length in a small group before they took their seats.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tayyip Erdogan, Biden, Erdogan, Joshua Roberts, Donald Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron, Macron Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, Erdogan, Washington, Thomson Locations: Syria, Libya, Brussels, Turkey, United States, Greece, Cyprus, Washington, Ankara, Russian, Turkish, NATO, Afghanistan, Kabul, Paris
France's Macron says G7 is not hostile towards China
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.85   time to read: 1 min
CARBIS BAY, England, June 13 (Reuters) - The G7 group of nations may have its differences with China over issues such as forced labour and human rights, but it is not a club that is hostile to the Asian economic powerhouse, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday. “China is an economic rival from whom we expect the full respect of (international trade) rules,” Macron told a news conference at the end of a summit of G7 leaders in Britain.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, ” Macron Locations: CARBIS BAY, England, China, Britain
G7 pledge cooperation on carbon leakage as EU border tariff looms
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Kate Abnett | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
"We ... acknowledge the risk of carbon leakage, and will work collaboratively to address this risk and to align our trading practices with our commitments under the Paris agreement," G7 leaders said on Sunday in a joint communique. The leaders said policies to put a price on CO2 will help them decarbonise their economies. A draft of the EU policy would require importers of iron and steel, aluminium, cement, fertilisers, and electricity to buy digital certificates to get their goods over the EU border. We need to address carbon leakage to create (a) global level playing field," European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet after the G7 meeting. Brussels says the policy is needed to put EU firms on an equal footing with competitors in countries with weaker climate policies.
Persons: Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, Brendan Smialowski, Charles Michel Organizations: Canada's, Britain's, Seven, Sunday, European, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, European Union, Paris, EU, Brussels, Russia, U.S, Europe
Macron says Brexit deal must be honoured
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: 1 min
CARBIS BAY, France, June 13 (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said that France respects Britain’s sovereignty but it is time to end rows over sausages and focus on more serious issues. Macron said he wants Britain to respect its post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union. “My wish is that we succeed collectively in putting into action what we signed several months ago,” Macron told a news conference at the G7 leaders’ summit.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Macron, , ” Macron Organizations: European Union Locations: CARBIS, France, Britain
LONDON — President Joe Biden and his fellow Group of Seven leaders agreed to donate 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next year, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters as the summit wrapped up on Sunday. But the commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said are needed to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world's population. A plan to offer developing nations an infrastructure scheme that could rival China's huge Belt and Road initiative was also on the agenda. Greenpeace U.K. accused Johnson of producing "reheated old promises" and said it would take "nothing for granted" until nations came up with the money. As the host of the summit, the U.K. was on a charm offensive, deploying the royal family to meet world leaders on Friday.
Persons: Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, David Attenborough, Attenborough, E.U, Brexit, Jill, Queen Elizabeth II Organizations: LONDON, Seven, British, World Health Organization, Gavi, Health Organization, NBC, Greenpeace, European Union, Royal Air Force Red Arrows, Sunday Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, London, China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Beijing, Western, U.S, British, Northern Ireland, England, Windsor
G7 split on reallocating $100 billion IMF funds to COVID-hit nations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSCARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Group of Seven leaders were trying to resolve differences over a proposal to reallocate $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. An almost final version of the G7 communique seen by Reuters showed Germany and Italy had yet to back the inclusion of the $100 billion figure in the final statement by leaders. The IMF’s members agreed in April to a $650 billion increase in IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and the G7 countries are considering whether to reallocate $100 billion of their rights to help poor countries fight the COVID pandemic. SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi. Member states can loan or donate their SDR reserves to other countries for their use.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Yoshihide Suga, Charles Michel, Mario Draghi, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Kristalina Georgieva Organizations: British, Canadian, European, Australia's, Seven, International Monetary, Reuters, IMF Locations: U.S, Japanese, Italian, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, CARBIS BAY, England, Germany, Italy
France's Macron sparred with UK's Johnson over Brexit geography
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.94   time to read: +1 min
French President Emmanuel Macron sparred with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the geography of the post-Brexit United Kingdom as the two leaders discussed how to solve the riddle of Northern Irish trade flows. "The president said that Toulouse and Paris were part of a single geographic area and that Northern Ireland was on an island," the Elysee Palace said after Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported that Macron had suggested Northern Ireland was not part of the United Kingdom. "The president wants to highlight that the situation was quite different and that it wasn’t right to draw this kind of comparison," the Elysee said. "He reminded (Johnson) that the UK’s exit from the EU was a British decision and that it was necessary to stick to the word given," the Elysse said. "The President then steered the conversation back to the key issues of the G7."
Persons: Emmanuel Macron sparred, Boris Johnson, Macron, Johnson Organizations: British, Toulouse, Northern, Britain's Telegraph, EU, Thomson Locations: United Kingdom, Irish, Paris, Northern Ireland, British
Britain’s Raab says EU should stop treating N.Ireland as ‘separate country’
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A 'No hard Border' poster is seen below a road sign on the Irish side of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland near Bridgend, Ireland October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Phil NobleBritish foreign minister Dominic Raab criticised the European Union on Sunday for treating Northern Ireland as if it were a separate country rather than part of the United Kingdom, and said that approach was causing damage to the British province. "Various EU figures here in Carbis Bay, but frankly for months now and years, have characterised Northern Ireland as somehow a separate country and that is wrong. It is a failure to understand the facts," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme. Asked if Britain and the EU were heading for a trade war, Raab said the bloc needed to allow the free flow of trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Persons: Phil Noble, Dominic Raab, Andrew Marr, Raab, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, " Raab, Macron Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Northern, Britain's Telegraph, British, Group, EU, Thomson Locations: Ireland, Northern, Bridgend, Phil Noble British, European, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, British, Carbis Bay, Britain, England, Catalonia, Barcelona, Corsica, France, EU
French President Emmanuel Macron stepped into the Brexit maelstrom on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit by sparring with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the post-Brexit geography of the United Kingdom and France. Ultimately, the discussion keeps coming back to the delicate patchwork of history, nationalism, religion and geography that intertwine in Northern Ireland. "The president said that Toulouse and Paris were part of a single geographic area and that Northern Ireland was on an island," the Elysee Palace said. BREXIT RIDDLEThe EU does not want Northern Ireland to be a backdoor into its single market but will not accept a border between the province and the Republic of Ireland. "He reminded (Johnson) that the UK’s exit from the EU was a British decision and that it was necessary to stick to the word given," the Elysee said.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, Macron, Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrew Marr, BREXIT RIDDLE, Edwin Poots Organizations: British, European Union, United Kingdom's, EU, Ireland, Britain's Telegraph, Toulouse, Northern, Republic of Ireland, Democratic Unionist Party, Thomson Locations: United Kingdom, France, United, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Toulouse, Paris, British, Carbis Bay, Republic of, Britain, U.S
President Biden urged G7 leaders to collectively rebuke China over forced labor. Some G7 leaders with trade ties to Beijing expressed concern about calling out human-rights abuses. President Joe Biden this weekend worked to rally the Group of Seven to offer a collective rebuke to China over forced labor, human-rights abuses, and other "non-market" practices. The administration said Biden had urged other G7 members to speak out about China's "practices that are harmful and distorted to the global economy." Some senior UK officials, for example, have sought to keep human-rights abuses in China off the table, partly because the UK has worked to build up trade with China, Politico reported.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Patrick Semansky, Saturday's, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: US, EU, Initiative, Italian, Politico, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters Locations: China, Beijing, Xinjiang, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, St . Ives, England, Carbis Bay, The, London
Germany's Laschet vows to raise military spending if elected
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERSGermany must increase military spending and take on a greater share of military burdens within NATO, the conservative candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. Laschet, backed by Merkel's conservatives to run for chancellor at the Sept. 26 election, said he would ensure that Germany, Europe's largest economy, meets the alliance's spending target of 2% of gross domestic product. "When we have agreed something internationally, we should stick to it", he told Welt am Sonntag (WamS). He said the Bundeswehr, the federal armed forces, should take on more responsibility in Africa, around the Mediterranean and in Mali. read moreBut the Greens reject the two percent NATO target as they deem it costly and arbitrary.
Persons: Armin Laschet, Tobias Schwarz, Angela Merkel, Welt, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Christian Democratic Union, CDU, REUTERS, NATO, Atlantic Treaty Organization, Bundeswehr, Union, United Nations, Sunday, Democrats, CSU, Greens, Green Party, Thomson Locations: Saxony, Anhalt, Berlin, Germany, REUTERS Germany, Brussels, China, Russia, Europe's, Africa, Mali, Sahel, Bavarian
G-7 nations agree to boost climate finance, details missing
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world's seven largest advanced economies again pledged to meet the climate finance target. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said individual nations were expected to set out the size of the increases "in due course." There was a clear push by leaders at the G-7 summit in southwestern England try to counter China's increasing influence in the world, particularly among developing nations. "As democratic nations, we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system. The G-7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global Green Industrial Revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live."
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Japan —, Johnson Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Reuters, Industrial Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
Macron says we love sausage but let's not waste time on this
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.78   time to read: +2 min
read more"My wish is that we succeed collectively in putting into action what we signed several months ago," Macron told a news conference at the G7 leaders' summit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Macron during a meeting how he would feel if Toulouse sausage makers could not sell their products on Paris markets, drawing a comparison with northern Ireland sausage makers. "On this subject, we all need to stay calm," Macron told reporters at the end of the summit. "There is Toulouse sausage, we talked about it, but we have many more. "I remember that when Boris Johnson came to power, he didn't want to keep the backstop, which was defended by Theresa May," he added.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Phil Noble, Macron, Boris Johnson, Theresa May Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, France, Toulouse, Paris, Ireland, Montbeliard, Strasbourg, United Kingdom
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