ESADEgeo Daily Digest, 04/07/2019

Politico – Nathalie Tocci / Get ready for a strong EU

  • The nomination of Ursula von der Leyen at the helm of the European Commission and Josep Borrell as the EU’s foreign policy chief is good news for those wanting to beef up Brussels’ role in the world.
  • That Merkel’s deal fell through is a shame in many ways, especially for supporters of the Spitzenkandidat process for choosing the Commission president. The process should be reformed, through the introduction of transnational lists and more ambitious mechanisms for the selection of the candidates.
  • But there’s a clear silver lining. Von der Leyen’s foreign policy credentials are very strong. She has even overseen the gradual but steady reversal of German defense policy — moving from a defensive crouch to a willingness to take responsibility in the world.
  • Meanwhile, unlike other names that had been floated in recent days, Borrell has real foreign policy experience. A high representative who hones in on the institutional dimension of European foreign policy and selects only a few dossiers on which to focus (e.g., Serbia-Kosovo) may be just what is needed.

Project Syndicate – Joseph S. Nye / Power and interdependence in the Trump era

  • Donald Trump is not the first US president to manipulate economic interdependence, nor is the US the only country to do so. History shows that this kind of manipulation may bring short-term gains, but those sometimes turn into long-term losses.
  • Even if other countries are unable to extricate themselves from US networks of interdependence in the short term, incentives to do so will strengthen in the longer run. In the meantime, there will be costly damage to the international institutions that limit conflict and create global public goods.
  • As Henry Kissinger has pointed out, world order depends not only on a stable balance of power, but also on a sense of legitimacy, to which institutions contribute.
  • States will increasingly need a framework to enhance cooperation on the use of the sea and space, and on combating climate change and pandemics. Referring to such a framework as a “liberal international order” confuses choices by conflating promotion of liberal democratic values with the creation of an institutional framework for promoting global public goods.

Financial Times – Yuan Yang, James Kynge, Sue-Lin Wong & Nian Liu / Huawei founder predicts internet of things is next US battle

  • The founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, has predicted the next battle with the US will be over the Chinese telecom company’s push into the internet of things (IoT) and smart factories.
  • Huawei hopes its expertise in 5G can translate into dominance of industrial IoT, because high-speed connectivity is a must for transferring bulky data from industrial devices for data analysis.
  • Although there is no clear industry leader in the nascent market for industrial IoT hardware and platforms, analysts say Huawei offers the deepest range of products.
  • Huawei is aiming to corner the global IoT market through writing the industry’s standards, an increasingly common move for Chinese companies as the country seeks dominance in international standards-setting bodies.

The Guardian – Sandra Laville / Governments and firms in 28 countries sued over climate crisis – report

  • Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries, according to a new analysis. The study reveals that more than 1,300 legal actions concerning climate change have been brought since 1990.
  • While the US – with 1,023 cases – remains the leader in climate litigation, other countries are increasingly seeing individuals, charities and states take action. Countries where legal cases have been taken include Australia (94), the UK (53), New Zealand (17), Spain (13), Brazil (5), and Germany (5).
  • In the two and a half years since Trump became US president, lawsuits have sought to prevent his attempts to roll back environmental regulations. An analysis of 154 cases in the report shows that no rollback of a climate regulation brought before the courts has yet survived a legal challenge.
  • “The rise in strategic and routine cases, a ramp-up in legal action by NGOs, the expansion of climate change suits into other areas of law, and improvements in climate science suggest that the use of climate change litigation as a tool to effect policy change is likely to continue,” says the report.

The selected pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Javier Solana and ESADEgeo. The summaries above may include word-for-word excerpts from their respective pieces.

Política Internacional |