The United States pledged Wednesday to accept more refugees fleeing from wars in Syria and elsewhere, even as Europe unveiled a mandatory country-by-country quota plan to resettle 160,000 migrants. After meeting with lawmakers in Congress, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "We are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe. That's being vetted fully right now." Shortly after Kerry's meeting, U.S. Senator John McCain went to the Senate floor to urge stronger leadership from President Barack Obama on stemming violence in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arizona Republican stood next to an enlarged, close-up photo of the body of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who drowned along with his 5-year-old brother and mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece. "This image has haunted the world," McCain said. "But what should haunt us even more than the horror unfolding before our … [Read more...] about US Pledges to Accept More Migrants; Europe Unveils Quota Plan
How politically realistic are the climate action goals that European governments are setting in lockstep with the United States? Some analysts are warning that the rich can afford the necessary changes, but the burdensome costs of a green transition for middle-class and poorer voters could trigger a backlash and prompt electoral reversals. Others worry European governments have still not fleshed out in practical terms how to meet their ambitious climate action and emissions reduction goals and that a failure to deliver solutions, as happened after the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, risks undermining an emerging public consensus about the danger of climate change and a recognition action is required. “If you create a deadline that is unrealistic, which we will not be able to actually achieve, you put it completely beyond the bounds of possibility — that doesn’t mean you can’t have a high bar, you should be aiming for a high bar — but it can’t be unrealistic,” Jamie … [Read more...] about Are Europe’s Climate Action Goals Realistic?
PARIS: More than 50 million people have been infected in Europe by the coronavirus since it emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally of official data Wednesday (Apr 28). A total of 50,021,615 cases have been recorded in 52 countries and territories that extend as far as Azerbaijan and Russia, of which 1,382,000 cases were recorded in the past seven days. That represents an average of 197,400 cases per day. Many European countries have reported a lower number of daily cases in the past two weeks however, and governments are gradually lifting measures taken to stem the spread of COVID-19. Britain allowed non-essential businesses and outdoor cafes to reopen on April 12, for example, and now reports an average of 2,300 new cases per day. That follows a nationwide lockdown and a large-scale vaccination programme that began in early December and has allowed 64 per cent of the adult population to receive at lease one dose. Italy has also approved a partial … [Read more...] about Europe’s COVID-19 cases surpass 50 million
"Stability in the Sahel is crucial not only for the Sahelian nations, but also for our security and that of Europe. This is the meaning of our commitment," Macron tweeted. Additionally, the French leader noted that the European engagement in the region brought certain results over the year, despite major losses, including the deaths of troops involved in the counter-terrorism operations across the Sahel. The French president took part in a two-day summit, comprising the leaders of the G5 Sahel bloc, which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Although the leaders gathered in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, Macron joined the meeting via video conference to discuss counter-jihadist initiatives in the Sahel. In 2014, France launched the 5,000-strong mission Barkhane, also combining the armed forces of Mali to fight against the Islamist insurgent groups operating in the African region. Another military initiative is the Takuba Task Force, which includes … [Read more...] about France’s Macron Says Stability, Security in Sahel Crucial For Region, Europe
The U.S. has seen its favorability ratings improve significantly in at least a dozen countries since President Joe Biden took office, although ratings have plummeted in China, according to a new poll. In a Morning Consult survey published on Tuesday, U.S. favorability ratings had improved in 12 out of 14 foreign countries since Biden's January 20 inauguration. China was the only country that recorded a significant drop in U.S. favorability, with unfavorable ratings climbing from 65 to 74 percent and favorable ratings dropping from 21 to 17 percent. South Korea saw a small 2 percent increase in those who viewed the U.S. unfavorably but there was no difference among those who viewed the U.S. favorably. The U.S. saw a net increase towards favorability that exceeded 20 percent in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Opinions of the U.S. also improved significantly in Canada, where unfavorable ratings dropped from 65 to 47 percent and favorable ratings rose from 26 to 40 … [Read more...] about U.S. Popularity Plummets in China, Spikes in Europe After Joe Biden Inauguration: Poll