La successione al vertice degli Emirati Arabi Uniti (EAU) era, nei fatti, già una realtà da quasi dieci anni. Ecco perché la scomparsa a 73 anni di Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, emiro di Abu Dhabi e presidente degli EAU, non avrà ripercussioni sulla politica interna emiratina, né sulla postura internazionale degli Emirati.
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Lebanon’s economic and political crisis represents an important issue for European policymakers. Given the central role the country plays in the eastern Mediterranean region, its further destabilisation is likely to spread to the broader Middle East, with significant consequences also for Europe. Over the past twenty years, both the European Union and its member states, with France in the lead, have played a key role in sustaining Lebanon’s fragile economy and supporting the burden posed by the Syrian refugee crisis.
Le ambizioni post-Brexit di una Londra sempre più dinamica vengono ridimensionate dalle difficoltà economiche, anche se il “pivot to Asia” è ormai avviato.
Alongside meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, taken place from 18 to 24 April, Washington saw an attempt to keep the G20 working.
Economic sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia aim at weakening Moscow’s economy by cutting it off trade flows with European countries. So far, six rounds of sanctions have been introduced, but have they been effective? Are they going to harm European economies as well, and to what extent? In the short term, Europe growth prospects will be affected; but in the medium to long run, it might be possible for the EU to strengthen its trade partnerships with other countries thanks to its extensive networks of Preferential Trade Agreements.
Russia’s war against Ukraine is a shot in the arm for the transatlantic partnership after several years of concern in Europe and the United States about their gradual, long-term drifting apart. Today, the broad transatlantic community find itself more united in purpose than it has been for some time, which may ultimately give it a new lease on life. However, how long the reinvigorating impact of the war will last is uncertain.
Since the war in Ukraine broke out in Europe, its consequences and side effects have been reverberating across African countries. Rising food and energy prices, supply disruptions, and inflationary pressures have created additional challenges on the road for a post-pandemic economic recovery the continent painstakingly embarked upon, in what UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called a 'perfect storm'.
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