US won’t force allies into ‘us or them’ choice on China

US won't force allies into 'us or them' choice on China

European allies France and Germany are looking for a strategic balance in relations with Beijing and Washington that ensures the European Union is not so closely allied with one of the world’s two big powers that it alienates the other. “The United States won’t force allies into an ‘us-or-them’ choice with China,” Blinken, on his […]

EU for lasting, peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis

EU for lasting, peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis

President of the European Council Charles Michel has reaffirmed EU’s continued support to Bangladesh for a lasting and peaceful solution to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. He said this when Ambassador Mahbub Hassan Saleh, the newly-appointed Head of Mission of Bangladesh to the EU, met him to present his Letters of Credence in Brussels on Thursday. […]

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 yea…

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 yea...

Between the specter of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and a new leadership team facing a budget battle, the European Union looked set to remember 2020 as an “annus horribilis.” Instead, a last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the final days of the year produced a sense […]

New era for UK as it completes separation from EU

New era for UK as it completes separation from EU

A new era has begun for the United Kingdom after it completed its formal separation from the European Union. The UK stopped following EU rules at 23:00 GMT, as replacement arrangements for travel, trade, immigration and security co-operation came into force. Boris Johnson said the UK had “freedom in our hands” and the ability to […]

EU leaders sign Brexit deal as UK MPs debate ratification

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel show signed Brexit trade agreement due to come into force on January 1, 2021, in Brussels, Belgium December 30, 2020 Reuters Britain will leave the European single market and customs union at 2300 GMT on Thursday EU leaders signed their post-Brexit trade […]

Brexit is finally done, but it already seems out of date

The port of Dover, England, Dec 18, 2020. Andrew Testa/The New York Times

The world has changed radically since June 2016, when a narrow majority of people in Britain voted to leave the European Union, tempted by an argument that the country would prosper by throwing off the bureaucratic shackles of Brussels. In those days, the vision of an agile, independent Britain — free to develop profitable, next-generation […]

EU, KU reach post-Brexit trade deal

EU, KU reach post-Brexit trade deal

The United Kingdom and European Union have reached a post-Brexit trade agreement after months of fraught negotiations.  The breakthrough averts a much-feared “no-deal” scenario that would have sparked economic chaos and risked major disruption to the flow of goods and medicines. “Deal is done,” read the statement from Downing Street on Thursday afternoon — swiftly […]

UK readies navy to protect fishing if Brexit talks fail

British government Brexit information campaign advertisement is seen along the M25 near Westerham, in Kent on December 12, 2020 Reuters Four 80-metre vessels have been placed on standby to guard British waters Britain on Saturday readied armed Royal Navy ships to patrol its fishing waters if tempers flare after a “no-deal” Brexit as a make-or-break […]

Britain vows to stop funding fossil fuel projects abroad

Protestors from Climate Coalition holds signs to urge European leaders to take measures for the environment ahead of an European Union (EU) summit, in Brussels on December 10, 2020 AFP Britain has been criticized for sending billions of pounds abroad to help extract and refine fossil fuels Britain is to end government funding for fossil […]

AFD, EU finance project on electricity grid digitization in Bangladesh

Climate change: Covid drives record emissions drop in 2020

AFD’s loan aims to equip existing infrastructure with these new, innovative and reliable technologies in order to ensure services are prepared for the future The French Development Agency (AFD) has agreed to provide a 100 million euro loan to the Bangladesh government to reinforce its role as an active participant in the search for and […]