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Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

[ad_1] When Egypt hosted in 2022, activists used the event to highlight the government’s crackdown on political opponents. Last year saw widespread criticism when COP28 host the United Arab Emirates appointed the man tasked with expanding the country’s oil and gas output to lead the talks. Likewise, the incoming president of COP29 is a former Azerbaijani oil and gas industry executive — though he was later tapped to lead the country’s ecology ministry. Still, Baku has been unapologetic about its intention to use the conference to promote its own economic interests. Aliyev used a speech as host of the talks to brand his country’s natural gas reserves “a gift of the gods” and to push for more investments in the fossil fuel industry, in addition to renewable projects — climate critics be damned. Europe has increasingly turned to Azerbaijan in recent years as a replacement for the Russian fossil fuel it shunned after Moscow invaded Ukraine. | Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images “As a head of the country, which is rich with fossil fuels, of course, we will …

North Macedonia’s EU aspirations face bumpy ride after elections – POLITICO

North Macedonia’s EU aspirations face bumpy ride after elections – POLITICO

[ad_1] Since then, however, the citizens of North Macedonia have become increasingly frustrated with the slowness of the accession process, and public support for the EU has dropped sharply. Elections to choose a new government and president on May 8 look set to usher in a new administration under the VMRO-DPMNE party, which is taking a confrontational approach with both Sofia and Athens — both of whom would need to agree to Skopje’s admission into the bloc. Riling the Bulgarian side, VMRO-DPMNE is rejecting Sofia’s demand for constitutional changes recognizing a Bulgarian minority. Meanwhile, the Greeks are increasingly attuned to the fact that VMRO-DPMNE’s prime ministerial front-runner is referring to the country as “Macedonia” rather than “North Macedonia” — reigniting the old tensions with Greece about the use of the name of the homeland of Alexander the Great. Opinion polls indicate VMRO-DPMNE, currently the main opposition party, is ahead and is expected to replace the SDSM socialist party, which has run the country since 2017, even though a coalition will be needed. The first round …

Yahya Sinwar demands ‘unconditional’ end to war in hostage negotiations

Yahya Sinwar demands ‘unconditional’ end to war in hostage negotiations

[ad_1] The leader of Hamas has demanded an unconditional end to fighting before the terror group signs any peace deal with Israel, according to reports.  Sources close to Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’ leader, told Israel’s Channel 12 that Hamas has agreed to “complete the ongoing discussions to reach an agreement”. Israeli leaders are currently awaiting Hamas’ response to an Egyptian peace proposal that was delivered to the group last week. A Hamas delegation travelled to Cairo to discuss the proposition on Thursday evening.  The deal could stave off an Israeli offensive in the southern Gazan city of Rafah and stipulates that de-escalation would occur in phases.  Hamas would begin by releasing a first batch of hostages, followed by a limited Israeli withdrawal from a coastal area of the Gaza Strip. Only after the second week of the deal would negotiations over a permanent ceasefire begin. Follow the latest updates below [ad_2] Source link

Ukraine is ready for a just peace — not Russia’s version of one – POLITICO

Ukraine is ready for a just peace — not Russia’s version of one – POLITICO

[ad_1] “Remember, President Zelenskyy was at the Munich Security Conference just days before Russia invaded,” Reznikov told POLITICO. “I was a member of the delegation with him in Munich, and there was this atmosphere, this ambience [of] ‘Guys, you have to give up.’ It wasn’t said directly, but it was there,” he said. Hardly inspiring confidence as the negotiations with Russia kicked off. But above all, Reznikov and other Ukrainian officials involved in the talks — Ukraine’s Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak and his adviser Mykhailo Podolyak among them — also doubted the Kremlin’s sincerity and whether it was negotiating in good faith. This was a skepticism honed during the hundreds of hours they’d spent bargaining with Russian officials before the 2022 invasion. Were the concessions Russia offered even worth the paper they were written on? “They may sign documents, but whether they keep to agreements is another matter,” Reznikov said. “Remember the Budapest Memorandum,” he added, referencing the 1994 agreement Russia had signed, fixing Ukraine’s borders and recognizing its sovereignty …

Thousands of hotel workers to rally in 18 cities ahead of contract negotiations

Thousands of hotel workers to rally in 18 cities ahead of contract negotiations

[ad_1] new york —  Unionized hotel workers demanding significant pay raises will rally on May Day in 18 U.S. and Canadian cities, as talks are beginning with hotel operators Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide Holdings and Hyatt Hotels Corp. Talks will cover about 40,000 workers who look to secure new contracts for the first time since the pandemic. Workers want to reverse pandemic-era staffing and service cuts, as well as duplicate the big pay hikes that organized workers across the nation have been winning in recent years. Demonstrators rallying for raises on May 1, the international workers’ holiday, may face some pressure in markets still recovering from the pandemic, such as San Francisco and Hawaii, analysts say. “There have been a series of staffing and service cuts that have led to both painful working conditions for the workers and reduced services for the guests,” said Gwen Mills, international union president at Unite Here, which represents nearly 300,000 workers in hotels, casinos, food service, airports and other industries across the U.S. and Canada. After domestic travel cratered …

Will the EU get a war budget?

Will the EU get a war budget?

[ad_1] BRUSSELS — War is raging on its doorstep, the economy is in the doldrums, a European-wide election looks set to deliver a massive blow to its establishment — and now the EU is gearing up for what will be its bitterest battle yet: over its finances. Few things in the 27-nation bloc are as fiercely political as negotiations over its trillion-euro-or-so seven-year budget. And with an ever more aggressive Russia and global tension from Gaza to Taiwan gnawing away at Europe’s sense of self-content, demands that the EU steer its investment in a way that puts it on a war footing grow louder. “The budget is politics cast in figures,” Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner in charge of the process, said. And, for now at least, those politics are dominated by war. Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, a country that wants to join the EU and needs money to defend itself and rebuild, changed everything. Yet, there’s no consensus about whether security is what the bloc should be spending its money on in the …

Will Spain’s prime minister resign? – POLITICO

Will Spain’s prime minister resign? – POLITICO

[ad_1] Sánchez has spent the past five days secluded, meditating on his future. Supporters and opponents alike now await a decision that has the potential to radically alter Spain’s political landscape and significantly impact the distribution of the EU’s top jobs after June’s European Parliament election. ¡Quédate, Pedro! Sánchez’s announcement last Wednesday was motivated by news that a Madrid judge had launched a preliminary corruption and influence-peddling investigation focused on Begoña Gómez, the prime minister’s wife. The probe was initiated in response to a lawsuit filed by Manos Limpias — or “Clean Hands” — a group with links to the far right that regularly uses the courts to target people or groups linked to progressive causes. The suit appears to be baseless: Prosecutors last week recommended the criminal complaint be dismissed, and even Manos Limpias admits its suit may be based on “fake news.” But the judiciary’s decision to launch the preliminary investigation into Gómez despite the flimsiness of the evidence against her appears to have been too much for Sánchez. Sánchez’s exit would also likely …

Serbia’s Vučić apologizes for calling Slovenians ‘disgusting’ – POLITICO

Serbia’s Vučić apologizes for calling Slovenians ‘disgusting’ – POLITICO

[ad_1] “It’s hard to say who was more disgusting, the Slovenians or someone else,” Vučić said earlier this week. The remarks triggered a swift rebuke from Ljubljana. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon called them “an insult to our entire nation,” summoned the Serbian chargé d’affaires and demanded an apology. “The message is not suitable for a country that repeats its commitment and belonging to European values, which it emphasizes in the process of negotiations for EU membership,” she said. Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob said Vučić’s “statements remind us of a different time and are unworthy of relations between the two countries.” Vučić acknowledged that he called Slovenians “disgusting” but insisted he was “referring to the session of the Security Council.” He said he had lots of friends in Slovenia but would “reduce” his visits to the country and invited Golob and the Slovenian president to Belgrade for a face-to-face discussion. “If necessary, I will apologize once again and tell them that I certainly did not mean all Slovenians, and tell them to their face what …

Germany arrests EU Parliament staffer over bombshell claims he spied for China – POLITICO

Germany arrests EU Parliament staffer over bombshell claims he spied for China – POLITICO

[ad_1] “He has been working for a German Member of the European Parliament since 2019. In January 2024, the accused repeatedly passed on information about negotiations and decisions in the European Parliament to his intelligence service client,” the prosecutor added. The German Greens were quick to call for an accelerated probe in Brussels over the arrest. “Autocracies like China and Russia are actively trying to undermine our democracies in Europe. This must stop. The investigation within the European Parliament must be speeded up,” said Terry Reintke, lead candidate for the European Greens. “We demand preliminary results before the elections. Consequences must follow swiftly. People who attack the integrity of our democracies must be held to account.” German authorities on Monday also arrested three people suspected of supplying information on military technology to a Chinese intelligence service.  The Chinese Embassy in Berlin denied the allegations, urging Germany “to stop exploiting the espionage accusation to politically manipulate the image of China and defame China,” German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunkt reported. [ad_2] Source link