Politico – Zosia Wanat / Respect LGBTQI rights or lose EU funds, says equality commissioner
- EU countries that do not respect LGBTQI rights should face financial penalties, said Helena Dalli, the European commissioner for equality.
- Dalli said that a mechanism designed to make national capitals adhere to the rule of law agreed as part of negotiations over the EU’s long-term budget should be used to uphold EU values on the issue.
- The so-called rule of law conditionality mechanism is politically linked to the debate over the bloc’s long-term budget and new coronavirus recovery fund.
- In the meantime, the Commission’s first LGBTQI strategy is aimed at “improving people’s lives,” said Dalli. According to Commission research, 43 percent LGBTQI people across the EU felt discriminated against in 2019, and this share has been growing in recent years.
- EUObserver – Eszter Zalan / Hungary plans gay adoption ban, amid second corona wave
The New York Times – Luís Ferré-Sadurní, Jennifer Medina and Eileen Sullivan / Biden flips Arizona, further cementing his presidential victory
- President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has narrowly won Arizona, capturing the state’s 11 electoral votes and strengthening his Electoral College margin as President Trump continues to make baseless attacks on the vote counts favoring Mr. Biden.
- Mr. Biden, whose margin in Arizona is currently about 11,000 votes, or 0.3 percentage points, is the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since President Bill Clinton in 1996. Four years ago, Mr. Trump won the state by 3.5 percentage points.
- Mr. Biden’s win underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Hispanic voters championing liberal policies.
- On Wednesday, Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich, a Republican, told Fox News that state officials had received about 1,000 complaints about the election but had found “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.
- South China Morning Post – Jun Mai / China congratulates Joe Biden on election as US president
The Guardian – Peter Walker, Dan Sabbagh, Rajeev Syal and Lisa O’Carroll / Dominic Cummings to leave Downing Street role by Christmas
- Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, is to leave his Downing Street position by the end of this year in a signal of a major change of direction for the government.
- It follows reports that Cummings told the BBC that “rumours of me threatening to resign are invented”. However, he said his “position hasn’t changed since my January blog”, when he wrote that he hoped to make himself “largely redundant” by the end of 2020.
- On Thursday, a number of Conservatives said Cain’s resignation – after Johnson’s fiancee and inner circle had blocked his promotion to chief of staff – epitomised a No 10 riven by factions.
- Appearing alongside him in Downing Street, the business secretary, Alok Sharma, insisted the internal battles had not distracted ministers. “I can tell you that all of us in government are focused on one thing, which is protecting lives and protecting livelihoods,” he said.
- Financial Times – George Parker, Sebastian Payne and Jim Brunsden / Dominic Cummings to leave No 10 by new year
Bloomberg – Jess Shankleman and Alberto Nardelli / Climate crisis is Boris Johnson’s chance to woo Joe Biden
- Boris Johnson was given a friendly warning over the risks of Brexit by Joe Biden during a 25-minute phone-call on Tuesday afternoon. But there was at least one bright spot in that first conversation with the incoming American president: a shared goal to tackle climate change.
- As Britain tries to redefine its role on the global stage after leaving the European Union, Johnson has a lot riding on green policies. The question is whether the new man in the White House is about to eclipse Johnson’s standing as a driver of action or enhance it if the two join forces.
- The United Nations COP26 global climate change summit in Glasgow a year from now is critical to the success of that broader mission, and to the longer-term reputation of the U.K.
- While that may help boost overall global efforts, some experts argue it could also ultimately expose the U.K.’s lack of clout when compared with the EU, China and the U.S.
- Euractiv – Kira Taylor / EU urged to strengthen ETS to reach 2030 climate goals
Further reading for the weekend:
- Financial Times – Tim Harford / Why are we all so obsessed with saving Christmas?
- Project Syndicate – Slawomir Sierakowski / Mini Trumps in the wilderness
- The Atlantic – Barack Obama / I’m not yet ready to abandon the possibility of America
- Foreign Affairs – Nic Cheeseman and Yohannes Woldemariam / Ethiopia’s dangerous slide toward civil war