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
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?
COPENHAGEN: Europe’s registered Covid-19 cases have topped 50 million on Thursday as the European Union accused Beijing and Moscow of stepping up “state-sponsored disinformation” campaigns against Western-developed vaccines while promoting their own. In contrast, the United States, the United Kingdom and some European nations are taking tentative steps back toward normal life. Europe had cause to pause with the total number of cases since the pandemic began hitting 50,021,615, according to a tally from official sources compiled by Agence France-Presse at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday (12:15 a.m. in Manila, Thursday). The virus has now killed more than 3.1 million people worldwide with Europe the worst-hit region. Offering a glimmer of hope, the co-founder of BioNTech — which developed a Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer — said he is confident the shot works against the variant that is the European Union (EU) on Wednesday. The European Union is eager to speed up its sluggish … [Read more...] about Europe Covid cases hit 50M
Greek police in the western region of Thesprotia have arrested two men accused of transporting illegal immigrants in a private ambulance. The ambulance driver was arrested after police undertook a routine check of his vehicle and found two migrants in the back who could not produce any documents confirming whether they had arrived legally or had leave to remain in the country. The check took place in the area of the coastal city of Igoumenitsa, according to a report from the Greek newspaper Proto Thema . The city lies just south of the Greek border with Albania and is also a busy port with several ferries to mainland Italy. The ambulance is said to belong to a private company and was seized along with five mobile phones. People Traffickers Abandoned 17 Victims to Their Fate After Damaging Smuggling Boat https://t.co/4S9thrAN70 — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 14, 2021 Local prosecutors have charged the Greek driver and his Greek co-driver with … [Read more...] about Greek Police Arrest Men Using Ambulance to Transport Illegal Migrants
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Chinese stocks fell by as much as 3% on Tuesday as the United States and its allies announced new sanctions on Beijing, a sign that its relationship with the West has hit another snag. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index ( HSI ) was Asia's worst performer, closing down 1.3%, after recovering slightly from a tumble of more than 3% earlier in the day. China's Shanghai Composite ( SHCOMP ) index fell 0.9%. The rest of the region also struggled: South Korea's Kospi ( KOSPI ) and Japan's Nikkei ( N225 ) lost 1% and 0.6%, respectively. "Investors' nerves were rattled" by the sanctions, "muddying the geopolitical waters," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst for Asia Pacific at Oanda. Washington announced sanctions Monday against two Chinese officials for "serious human rights abuses" against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. The European Union, Canada and the United … [Read more...] about Chinese markets slump as tit-for-tat sanctions raise tension with US and Europe