Nord Stream 2: The Russian pipeline that everybody’s talking about

GP – View of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, the Nord Stream 2 part of the landfall area in Lubmin on Germanys Baltic Sea coast. JOHN MACDOUGALL | AFP | Getty Images Lubmin, GERMANY – Remote, quiet but energy-rich: the coastal area of Lubmin in north Germany hosts the world’s most controversial gas pipeline. … Read more

Climate change will dominate Biden’s agenda when he heads to Europe in two weeks

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks and participates in the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Session 5: The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action from the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2021. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Europe in two … Read more

What is Putin’s greatest worry right now? His own citizens

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during his meeting with workers after riding a train across the bridge linking Russia and Crimean Peninsula at Taman railways station on December 24, 2019 near Anapa, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Improving Russian citizens’ living standards is President Vladimir Putin’s biggest concern right now, … Read more

Meetings like Biden-Xi summit may be only way forward for U.S. and China, former Obama advisor says

A summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping could be the only way to find a path forward in the strategic competition between the world’s top two economies, a former White House official said Thursday.  Evan Medeiros, who was former President Barack Obama’s top advisor on Asia-Pacific, said only the top … Read more

As the U.K. battles food, fuel and labor crises, Boris Johnson is set to promise change

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Network Rail Queens Road Compound on October 4, 2021 in Manchester, England. WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to promise changes to the direction that the U.K. economy is traveling in, outlining plans on Wednesday for the … Read more

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reshape counterinsurgencies in Africa, experts say

GAO, Mali – A Eurocopter Tiger (Eurocopter EC665 Tigre) helicopter (L) is seen at the French Military base in Gao, in northern Mali on November 8, 2019. MICHELE CATTANI/AFP via Getty Images The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the subsequent withdrawal of Western troops was closely watched in many African capitals — and by Islamist … Read more

Biden’s top trade advisor will say China isn’t complying with phase 1 deal reached under Trump, according to sources

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will announce Monday that China is not complying with the so-called phase one trade deal reached under former President Donald Trump’s administration, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC’s Kayla Tausche. Under the agreement, China was supposed to purchase an additional $200 billion in U.S. goods over a two-year period, … Read more

‘We need to talk to China,’ Europe’s climate chief says ahead of COP26

LONDON — International leaders need to talk to China and convince the nation to implement concrete steps toward de-carbonization, the EU’s climate chief told CNBC Tuesday ahead the COP26 climate summit in November. China announced earlier this month that it would stop building new coal-fired power projects overseas. The nation has also said that it … Read more

What a post-Merkel Germany could mean for Europe

A view of EU and German flags over the Reichstag building, the seat of the German Parliament. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images LONDON — As Germany prepares for an overhaul in its political status quo, analysts are looking at what impact the next government could have on the European Union. Europe’s biggest economy headed … Read more

‘I’ll be darned’: Biden reacts to pivotal German election result

U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters after speaking about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines and booster shots in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden said “I will be darned” on Sunday, after a reporter told him the Social … Read more