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Good discussion with @WHO_Europe  @hans_kluge  on European Health Union, vaccines, migrants health, inclusion and international cooperation to fight the pandemic; focus on Western Balkans and Eastern partners. The EU is aware of our responsibilities to help neighbours and partners.

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If you think the U.S. vaccine rollout has floundered, much of Western Europe has barely started: Just 19,500 doses given in France, more than two weeks after European regulatory approval. Belgium and Netherlands started mass vaccinations this week.

“Western European states constructed comprehensive national economies: national capital combined with national labor steered by national social democracy.” <- the point of this exceptional essay is that this is not a law of nature

@juliakim6  GB 🇪🇺 For five years, the frenzied gyrations of the #Brexit  crisis have dominated European affairs, haunted the sterling markets and tarnished the #UK 's reputation as a confident pillar of Western economic and political stability. For more ⤵️

Check out my new @ecfr  article on the regional stakes of US recognition of Morocco's control over the Western Sahara, and the downsides for American and European partnerships on the continent:

Western European scientists expect the world’s largest inland body of water to shrink by about 25% by the end of the century

Mistakes, plenty. Ajam= Persion. Franj = Western European. Arabs didn't subscribe to the Shem/Japhet theory

$AC #Accor  S.A. ... ODDO : European hotel sector down 83% in November: >Major impact from second wave in Europe - The European hotel sector has continued to suffer severely as a result of the health crisis, with RevPAR in western Europe…#equity  #stocks 

The Senate has unanimously confirmed Julie Fisher, deputy assistant secretary for Western Europe and the EU, as the new US ambassador to Belarus. Fisher is the first US envoy to the Eastern European country since 2008 and she comes in at a crucial moment.

A closer look at the results of a new comparative study shows the Swiss lag behind other Western European countries in matters of integration for immigrants coming from outside the continent.


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President-elect Joe Biden’s calls with four Western European leaders signaled a return to diplomatic normalcy and their support for his election win.

“If China sticks to its new course, the Western world will react more decisively.” China’s abuse of human rights and intensifying crackdown on Hong Kong will provoke a major international backlash, according to one of their closest European partners.

‘All previous prime ministers, including Thatcher, selected talented people to serve in their cabinets, even when they disagreed with them. I cannot think of a western European premier since Mussolini who has surrounded himself with so many mediocrities.’

NEW: Czech Republic unveils European countries map divided into 3 categories: 🔴High Risk - UK and Sweden 🟡Medium Risk - Most of Western Europe 🟢Low Risk - Central and Eastern Europe Those coming from medium/high-risk countries will need negative test result to gain entry

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Memo to left-wing Americans who adore Sanders’s radical “socialism” and to right-wing Americans who are horrified by Sanders’s evil “socialism”, in most other Western/European countries, Sanders would be considered a pretty mainstream, centre-left social democrat. #justsayin 

NEW: here’s today’s update of the coronavirus outbreak trajectory chart Current data show the virus spreading faster in the US than in all European countries except Italy, but all western outbreaks remain on broadly similar paths

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“Since this is yet another Ukrainian scandal with a link to the natural gas industry, analysts in Kiev expect Russia to argue to Western European nations that it now must move forward with the stalled Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The project would send Russian natural gas to Europe.”

Interesting. Worth noting that every Western European country except Italy has had faster median income growth than the US

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The Merkel intervention looks epochal. A Western world order that delivered over 70 years of historically unprecedented European peace gone.

@SadiqKhan : "It's possible to be a Londoner, a Brit, a European, a Muslim and to be western."