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IMAGO / Xinhua

Beijing Reactions to Germany's China Strategy

China's moderate response

Chinese officials and the state media have reacted with deliberate calm to the German government's new China strategy, which Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock presented last Thursday, July 13. Behind China's restraint is also the political calculation to calm things down so as not to endanger German investments in China.

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Global Energy Markets and a Strategic Shift in the Gulf

Global energy shortages as an instrument of power

Since Russia's attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the oil- and gas-rich Gulf states have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the global energy shortages caused by the halt in Russian oil and gas supplies to most Western countries. In the absence of alternative producers, the Gulf states have come back into focus as strategically important energy exporters. This has not only increased the geopolitical relevance of the oil and gas suppliers of the Arabian Peninsula, it has also provided them with considerable profits due to exploding energy prices and thus strengthened the financial influence of the Gulf states.

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Iraq as an energy partner?

Global energy shortages as an instrument of power

Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine, Germany has been looking for ways to diversify its energy imports. Iraq has extensive resources in fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. So far, however, ties between Berlin and Baghdad in the energy sector have been weak - a circumstance that is unlikely to change in the near future. Nevertheless, Germany should work for a stronger partnership with the country in this area.

Adobe Stock / VanderWolf Images

Potentials of an Algerian-German Energy Partnership

Globale Energieengpässe als Machtinstrument

Algeria has resources and geographical conditions that make it an interesting energy partner for Europe. As a net exporter of electricity and a supplier of fossil fuels, Algeria could close supply gaps, and the country also has great potential in the field of renewable energies. Nevertheless, Algeria faces economic and implementation problems, and cooperation with Germany could be intensified.

Mark Cheong, SPH, The Straits Times, picture alliance

Biegsam, aber unbeugsam

Weshalb sich die Länder Südostasiens in „Bambusdiplomatie“ üben und wie Europa damit umgehen sollte

Südostasien ist eine Region, die sich klassischerweise nicht für eine Seite entscheidet. So auch in den UN-Abstimmungen zum Krieg in der Ukraine oder im geopolitischen Konflikt zwischen China und den ­­USA. Welche Beweggründe haben die ASEAN-Länder und wie können Deutschland und die Europäische Union damit pragmatisch umgehen?

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

It's boiling in the Himalayas

Germany's turnaround must now lead to enhanced security cooperation with India

A battle between the world's two most populous states is looming on the border between India and China: at the end of 2022, a violent confrontation once again occurred between the two nuclear powers. The consequences of this conflict could be more far-reaching than German politicians have suspected so far. In any case, Germany started late in considering the Indo-Pacific as a security-relevant region. But instead of now consistently applying the conclusions of the turn of the times to India - especially against the backdrop of the Ukraine war - it remains mostly with declarations of friendship.

Imago / ITAR-TASS

Clear path for Mirsiyoyev

The course set by the early presidential elections in Uzbekistan on July 9, 2023

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirsiyoyev has won the presidential elections in his country with a result of 87 per cent. These were early elections, which at the same time "annulled" the previous presidential terms. Mirsiyoyev could now theoretically run for another term as head of state in 2030. He has been in power in the Central Asian country since the death of the authoritarian long-term President Islam Karimov in 2017 and has opened Uzbekistan up to reforms.

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Uruguay

EU-Mercosur Agreement would be a sign of hope in an uncertain and complex world

The Negotiations on the EU-Mercosur Agreement from Uruguay's Perspective

On July 17th, at the first EU-Latin America summit in eight years, the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, which is not yet fully finalized, is set to be further consolidated and completed by the end of the year at the latest. An additional chapter is intended to address the remaining concerns about the agreement and help prevent human rights violations, environmental damage, and climate impacts. In an interview with Nicolás Albertoni, the Deputy Foreign Secretary of Uruguay, we discuss the significance of the EU-Mercosur agreement in the South American public sphere, the importance of the EU-CELAC summit for dialogue between the regions, and the need for a timely conclusion of the agreement.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Israel Between Uproar and Paralysis

A part of the controversial judicial reform has been approved by the Israeli parliament following the first reading

In the early hours of Tuesday, 11 July 2023, a part of the controversial judicial reform – the Reasonableness Standard Bill” – has been approved after its first reading at the Knesset. Supporters of the now-initiated bill are hopeful that this will end what they deem an unjustified and undemocratic interference of the Supreme Court in government decisions. Critics, however, consider this step a threat to the separation of powers. Protests erupted inside and outside the Knesset as a result of the first reading of the bill. It should be noted that the demonstrations against the policies of the government, especially the judicial reform, now continue into their 27th week. A vibrant civil society consisting of different societal sector and political streams has been taking to the streets every single week since the beginning of this year to peacefully demonstrate for democratic values. Over the course of the past few weeks, these protests have been taking on a new dimension in the form of substantial road blocks and with tyres being burned. The response of the security forces, on the other hand, is growing increasingly firm. However, the protests shed light on other aspects as well. While the judicial reform might be a primary factor, these events also indicate the extent to which Israeli society is divided.

AP, picture alliance.

“I Am Pro-myself”

Uganda’s Response to Russia’s War of Aggression against Ukraine

“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” This is an African proverb frequently heard in Uganda when people talk about Russia’s current war of aggression against Ukraine, in reference to the impact on the African continent. The United States and the West on the one hand and Russia on the other are seen as the big elephants. The political elite in Uganda has officially adopted a neutral stance, while at the same time attempting to use the international situation that has arisen to its own advantage. Against this background, Germany should clearly define its own interests and strengths and bring these into play in a targeted way to our mutual advantage.

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