France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have asked Iran to renounce the production of uranium metal, which violates the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. The United States, for its part, has announced a new round of sanctions. Meanwhile, Tehran continues its military exercises, firing ballistic missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean.
On New Year’s Day, almost all parts of the world are quieter than in previous years, without large-scale celebrations or amazing fireworks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the atmosphere is very different from previous years. People will usher in 2021 with the desire to end the new coronavirus pandemic.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been contemplating the idea to create the “Turk” military political block. The strategic decision has been made, after interference in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, which resulted in the gain for the Azerbaijan.
The European Commission announced that after January 1st, the United Kingdom will be added to the EU’s third countries list. The list depicts travel restrictions from other countries to EU member nations due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The UK will no longer be part of the EU after December 31.
The new travel ban between several European countries and the United Kingdom left thousands of trucks stuck in huge traffic jams at the port of Dover, on the south coast of England, on Tuesday. The traffic jam was particularly caused by France’s move to close its borders with the United Kingdom on Sunday.
The French Mayor Frederic Couvillier, of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, has threatened the UK with with a “Falklands War” pertaining the dispute over the fishing waters with the European Union. Furthermore, the mayor warned of the threat of an armed conflict in light of looming Brexit deadline.
Russia and China believe that Germany will not be able to upgrade to permanent member status on the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia will not miss Germany when its term expires a the end of this month. The comments came on the heels of a scandal that broke out during the UN Security Council meeting.
French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19. The 42 year-old president will consequently isolate himself for the next week, according to the Elysee Palace, in a statement released on Thursday morning. Having tested positive, Macron joins the list of top world leaders who have contracted the virus.
Over half of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council on Friday denounced in a joint statement the constant crimes against humanity that take place in North Korea as a result of “policies established from the highest level of the Kim Jong Un led administration.”
France announced a mandatory curfew starting on December 15 to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, there are over 70 million cases and over 1.5 million deaths around the globe. In France, a country of nearly 67 million, there are over 2.3 million infected and over 56,000 deaths.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), strongly criticized the release of a confidential report by the organization on Iran’s plan to install three new cascades of centrifuges in Natanz. The IAEA provided the information to the member nations pertaining to Iran’s decision to install the advanced IR-2M centrifuges.
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday, at the age of 94. President Giscard d’Estaing, who had been briefly hospitalized several times in recent months, died of COVID-19, according to his family. In accordance with his wishes, the former president’s funeral will take place in strict family privacy.
The French government has backed down on its proposal to the National Assembly regarding its “Global Security Bill,” and instead asked that it be revised with immediate effect. In particular, a controversial article of the bill, designed to protect the police force, should be changed, the government argued.
The police beatings of a black man in Paris, which left President Emmanuel Macron shocked, has rekindled debate on racism and police violence in the midst of controversy over a security bill. Disturbing footage showed four policemen mercilessly clobbering a black music producer on the doorstep of his Paris studio.
According to French officials, company executives, and consultants, a number of US technology companies, such as Facebook and Amazon, have recently received information from French tax authorities requesting them to pay millions of euros in digital taxes for 2020. This reportedly angered the US government.
The leaders of France and Belgium urged the EU to intensify its efforts to prepare for a no-deal Brexit by the end of the year, in case negotiations with the UK fail to achieve a breakthrough at the last minute. That’s according to two people familiar with the relevant discussions at the EU leaders video summit on Thursday.
A prominent Egyptian human rights organization said that security forces arrested a senior member on Wednesday. The arrest came three days after its administrative director was arrested on charges that include joining a terrorist group. The arrest on Monday came after senior diplomats visited the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
Top European leaders on Tuesday engaged US president-Elect Joe Biden via phone calls to congratulate him on his electoral victory and wish him well. Among them were British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
On November 3rd, American citizens voted to elect the new President of the United States. The winner is Democrat Joe Biden, who has a long history in politics. Many major changes are coming to the US’ national and foreign policies in the new year. Furthermore, for the European Union, it will be a welcome change.
The European agricultural world is in crisis, but not all players have been equally affected by events. Certain industry champions are standing up, ensuring the continent’s agricultural resilience and contributing to its present and future food security.
Although consumers might not realise it, the European agriculture sector has faced a torrent of strife and regrettable circumstances in the years since the 2008 recession. Following the sting on exports of Russia’s 2014 agricultural import ban, 2015 saw the dairy industry further thrown into disarray by deregulation, with long-standing quotas and minimum pricing being jettisoned by the European Commission in favour of liberalisation of the market.
The French government has announced a ban on and the disbanding of the Turkish nationalist group, the Gray Wolves, who are accused of hate speech and violence in France. Turkey’s response was swift, describing it as a “provocation.” Ankara furthermore promised a “firm response” to the moves by the French government.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron launched and “leaked” an offensive against the “Islamic order.” This offensive has a utilitarian and local character, and hardly at all pulled on a new “crusade” that the French public would not imagine. However, as usual, in such cases, the result gives way to pure politics.
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, joined world leaders in offering his condolences to Austria, following a terrorist attack in the capital, Vienna. Four people were killed in the attacks. France, on its part, has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in recent days.
Three suspects were arrested in connection with the Nice and Lyon assassinations. The main suspect in the Nice assassination was seriously injured and is yet to be questioned, but six people have been arrested in connection with the case. Another has been arrested in connection with an attack on a priest in Lyon.
A protest by Indian Muslims at Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan against French President Emmanuel Macron has caused a stir in Madhya Pradesh politics. Thousands of Muslims not only protested against France but also set fire to the flag of France during the protest on Thursday.
French authorities have detained a man suspected of having contacted the perpetrator of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, which killed three people at a local Catholic church. As per preliminary investigations, the 47-year-old man is suspected of having kept in touch with the attacker, and was taken into police custody on Thursday night.
Quite a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have strongly condemned Thursday’s terror attack in a church in Nice, southern France, and disassociated it from the values of Islam. Each country put out a statement through their Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his support for his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron’s tough stance against radical Islam and his crackdown on Islamist terrorists. Through his social networks, President Trump expressed his support for France and stressed that such attacks should be halted “immediately.”
France suffered yet another terror attack on Thursday in the southern city of Nice. An alleged Islamist terrorist killed three with a knife in the Notre-Dame Basilica. In addition, in what has left many utterly terrified, one of the victims, a 70-year old woman, was beheaded inside the church.
France “will never renounce its principles and values,” in regard to its recent tough stance on Muslims, despite what it terms as “attempts at destabilization and intimidation” by Turkey. This has been said Wednesday by the spokesman for the Franch president, Gabriel Attal, who also underscored “a strong European unity.”
Mali has begun trial for suspects accused of an attack on a luxury nightclub in Bamako. The two are said to be members of the Islamic State, an active militant group in the country. In March, a French citizen, a Belgian, and three Malians were killed in an attack at La Terrasse, a restaurant and a night club.
Following the Coronavirus epidemic, Turkey’s currency has depreciated by a record amount against the dollar due to Turkey’s dispute with its NATO allies. In a recent speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan forged bitter relations with several other countries, including France and the United States.
Dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on Muslims and Islam, some Arab countries have begun to boycott French goods. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an appeal to stop the boycott, and President Macron has also responded.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, implored the citizens of his country Monday not to buy products from France. His remarks came in retaliation for the strong position taken by France against Islamic groups, following the beheading of one of its teachers by a radical Muslim young man.
The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and the European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, have strongly condemned the insults of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aimed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. On his part, the Chancellor made his thoughts known on Twitter.
Turkey made an official statement pertaining the refusal of the contract termination with Russia. The S-400 anti aircraft systems will be supplied to Turkey. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. The announcement came directly from the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the European Union is launching new sanctions on Russia. The foreign ministers of the EU countries agreed on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg to begin the necessary preparations. In addition to travel restrictions for certain people, these could also include economic sanctions, for example.
France is concerned about the verdict of the historian and head of the Karelian Memorial, Yuri Dmitriev. They are especially concerned since his health has deteriorated sharply since the beginning of his detention, the French Embassy in Moscow reported. Furthermore, last Sunday, an open letter was penned in support of Dmitriev.
The Chairman of the French Senate Commission on International Affairs and Defense, Christian Cambon, believes that Russia and France could establish a new European security structure that would differ from NATO. He said this in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Tuesday.
The trial of the accused in the case of the bloody attack on the office of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” began on Wednesday at 10:00 AM Central European Time. The charges related to this bloody attack are against fourteen people, who killed twelve on January 7, 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on his second visit since the horrific port explosion, hours after Prime Minister-Designate Mustafa Adib was assigned to form a new government and on the eve of Lebanon’s revival of its first centenary. President Emmanuel Macron landed Monday at Beirut airport.
Rwanda has issued an arrest warrant for Aloys Ntiwiragabo for his supposed role for the 1994 genocide. Speaking to the media, the country’s prosecutor-general said that he had reached the decision after conducting an investigation. He revealed that they had been working with the French department.
German doctors treating the firebrand Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, made an announcement on Monday. Owing to the medical tests that the German doctors conducted, they are convinced that the politician was poisoned. They did not however, give a detailed account of their findings.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean over oil and gas resources are rising. Meanwhile, the announcement of French military reinforcements sent to the eastern Mediterranean, and France’s support for Greece, has exacerbated these tensions.
Amidst continuing tension between Turkey and Greece over gas exploration, France announced it was sending two fighters and two warships to the Eastern Mediterranean, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed that the “only solution” to resolving the conflict with Greece is dialogue.
Beirut is reeling from the horrendous, tragic explosion that occurred on August 4th. Thereafter, the Prime Minister resigned amid an investigation of the blast and failure to act previously. Furthermore, civil unrest and anger followed the explosion. There are over 1,000 injured in clashes with the police and the army.