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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/09/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/09/2021

Financial Times – James Politi, Aime Williams, Mehreen Khan, Sam Fleming and Valentina Pop / Top EU official warns ‘something broken’ in transatlantic relations

  • Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for internal markets, has warned that “something is broken” in transatlantic relations, as Franco-American tensions over Washington’s new Indo-Pacific security pact threaten to spill over into trade and technology.
  • France’s request for a delay in the trade and technology talks is the latest in series of diplomatic retaliations from Emmanuel Macron’s government after France was excluded from a trilateral security partnership between the US, the UK and Australia.
  • Paris’s request to delay the EU’s talks with senior US officials would bring the bloc squarely into the bilateral spat. The European Commission will have to decide in the coming days whether to proceed with the meeting, which US and Brussels trade officials have been working towards for weeks.
  • Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told CNN on Monday that there could not be “business as usual” after the EU was blindsided by Aukus. “One of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable. We want to know what happened and why and therefore, first of all clarify that before you keep on going with business as usual,” she said.
  • Politico – Jakob Hanke Vela, Suzanne Lynch, Oriana Pawlyk and Mari Eccles / US to lift travel ban on European citizens
  • The New York Times – Roger Cohen / Macron takes on U.S., a big gamble even for a bold risk-taker

The Guardian – Leyland Cecco / Canada election result: Trudeau wins third term after early vote gamble

  • Justin Trudeau has won a third term as Canada’s prime minister, with his Liberal party set to capture the most votes in the snap election, a result he called a “clear mandate” to get the country through the pandemic.
  • With results still trickling in late Monday night, Trudeau was on track for another minority government, meaning he will once again need to work with other parties to pass legislation.
  • Preliminary results indicated his Liberals had won or were leading in 156 seats – short of the 170 needed for a parliamentary majority. Erin O’Toole’s opposition Conservatives had 121. The result largely mirrored the outcome of the 2019 election.
  • Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s party of Canada, which has run on on a platform against public health measures like vaccines and masks, and which critics have called xenophobic and racist, failed to win his race, as did all his other candidates.
  • The Washington Post – Amanda Coletta / Justin Trudeau’s Liberals win Canadian election, will lead minority government again

The Atlantic – Michael Fullilove / U.S. allies still trust America

  • The conventional wisdom in August was that Washington was no longer a reliable partner and that allies’ trust had been destroyed by the manner of its withdrawal from Afghanistan. 
  • And the announcement last week of the Australia-U.K.-U.S. defense pact, or AUKUS—which promises closer military and scientific ties among the three countries and the development of a nuclear-powered Australian submarine fleet—is a reminder of the enduring potency of America’s network of alliances.
  • The U.S. will remain the richest and most powerful country for years to come, the only nation capable of projecting military force anywhere on Earth. Washington can’t get everything it wants, but American power still has no substitute.
  • The French contract was a troubled one, but the Australian government ought to have shown more grace in the manner of its withdrawal from it. Washington and Canberra should move to assuage the anger felt in Paris. France is an important Indo-Pacific power in its own right, and a key advocate of European involvement in the region.
  • South China Morning Post / Aukus gets the Philippines’ backing – despite warnings from Indonesia, Malaysia about defence partnership

Bloomberg – Joe Mayes and Rachel Morison / U.K. warns of challenging few days as energy crisis deepens

  • U.K. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng warned the next few days will be challenging as the energy crisis deepens, and meat producers struggle with a crunch in carbon dioxide supplies.
  • Gas prices are surging, unhedged electricity suppliers are at risk of failing and the usual mechanisms for protecting customers from the chaos aren’t working –meaning some kind of government bailout will be needed. 
  • Meat producers are warning they have just days of carbon dioxide supply left, threatening additional kinks in food supply chains that are already stretched.
  • With higher prices continuing to squeeze suppliers, the government needs to ensure that there isn’t a cascade of bankruptcies that causes chaos in markets and to consumers, particularly the vulnerable.
  • Euractiv – Frédéric Simon / As energy prices spike, EU points to long-term fixes

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