Trust, or trussed?

Truss

When eight central and eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004, an opinion poll showed their people placed greater trust in EU institutions than their own governments: the latest Eurobarometer poll confirms that this was not an isolated result. Based on information gathered across all EU Member States in February and March of last…

Samarkand SCO Summit

The Samarkand Initiative is a concentrated expression of Mirziyoyev’s political “doctrine” writes Akramjaon Nematov. On 15-16 September Samarkand held a very important event – the summit of SCO Heads of State. It was different from previous ones due to its extensive programme, comprehensive agenda, as well as a broad representation of states, international and regional…

Call to support Taiwan’s participation in ICAO

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) develops common regulations and standards for civil aviation. Countries around the world abide by ICAO’s directives to ensure the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviation, writes Wang Kwo-tsai. The 41st session of the triennial ICAO Assembly, to be held between September 27 and October 7 this year…

Samarkand Spirit: A New Format of International Cooperation

Samarkand SCO Summit

On September 15-16, a Summit of the Heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states was held in Samarkand, which became a platform for discussing the state and prospects for the development of cooperation in the SCO’s sought-after areas and areas of activity. The summit was the first face-to-face meeting of the SCO leaders since…

XI Jinping’s Agenda for His Central Asia Trip

On 14 September, Chinese leader Xi Jinping embarked on a three-day trip (Sept. 14–16) to Central Asia, where he is visiting both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. During his trip, he will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the southeastern Uzbekistani city of Samarkand and meet with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, write Jianli…

Putin’s War Will be Won or Lost in Brussels

“Putin’s war” will be won or lost in Brussels, writes Giles Merritt. Whatever the military outcome on the killing fields of the Donbass, it’s the solidarity of the European Union that will eventually determine whether Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is defeated or victorious. That in turn will depend on whether the EU and its member…

Working As One For the Global Good

The global community is confronting a number of unprecedented crises: from the ongoing challenge of COVID-19 variants and stalled efforts on climate change, to supply chain disruptions and Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, writes Jaushieh Joseph Wu. Now more than ever, China’s increasing rhetorical and military intimidation is jeopardizing regional peace and stability. All these…

State visits, Statements and Statesmanship

One of the many key decisions facing political leaders – especially new ones like Liz Truss – is when and where to make official visits. Some leaders and their choices have been wiser than others, writes Philip Bushill-Matthews. Recently in the UK there were two state visits in relatively quick succession. In 2015 under David Cameron’s premiership the Queen accorded a full state visit…

The Rubens House in Antwerp

This autumn, work will commence on the new garden of the Rubens House.  A new museum gallery, albeit one without a ceiling, is set to be added to the master’s house.  It is an opportunity to enjoy colour 365 days a year, thanks to Dries Van Noten, who helped choose a colour scheme and plant…

EU’s Central Role in European Security

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has established a new political and military reality in Europe. But the continent faces other challenges in the Western Balkans, the Middle East and Africa. Meanwhile, China poses increasing problems for the EU and NATO. NATO’s Strategic Concept confirms the alliance’s revival, and sharply orients it on deterrence and defence against…