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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 15/02/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 15/02/2021

The Washington Post – Amy B Wang / Trump’s acquittal further polarizes factions within the GOP

  • One day after the Senate acquitted former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, Republicans continued to diverge in what the future of their party should be.
  • There is a widening chasm between those who want nothing to do with the former president and those who openly embrace him. The division is playing out as Trump promises a return to politics and as both factions within the GOP vow they will prevail in the 2022 midterm elections.
  • Meanwhile, the backlash began against the seven Republican senators who crossed the aisle Saturday to vote with Democrats to convict Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted to acquit the former president — then followed his “not guilty” vote with a lengthy floor speech about how Trump had been, in his estimation, “practically and morally responsible” for provoking the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
  • The New York Times – Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin / After the speech: what Trump did as the Capitol was attacked
  • Foreign Affairs – Oren Cass / A new conservatism

Politico – Una Hajdari / Ousted ex-PM wins historic victory in Kosovo election

  • Albin Kurti and his left-leaning coalition won a historic victory in Kosovo’s national election Sunday — less than a year after he was pushed out as prime minister, under heavy pressure from the Trump administration.
  • With 90 percent of the ballots counted, the coalition between Kurti’s Self-Determination Movement (LVV) and independent candidate Vjosa Osmani is set to win just under 48 percent of the vote, according to the Central Election Commission.
  • The news prompted celebrations in several cities across the country, with supporters braving sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall to dance to music blaring from portable speakers, while others brought out drums and chanted Kurti’s name and that of his party, videos shared online showed.
  • Kurti’s win also looks set to further complicate Western efforts to broker peace between Kosovo and Serbia. His party has argued there can be no compromise with Serbia, and Kurti’s confrontational style may not be well-suited for resolving ongoing disputes in an EU-sponsored dialogue that has made little progress for years.
  • Euractiv / Kosovo anti-establishment party set for landslide win

Financial Times – John Reed / Myanmar blacks out internet as US warns its citizens to take shelter

  • Myanmar’s military regime ordered telecoms companies to shut off internet service on Monday morning and deployed vehicles overnight in Yangon, raising fears of an imminent crackdown on a popular resistance movement against the coup. 
  • Video shared on social media sites on Sunday, before internet service was severed, showed armoured vehicles patrolling the streets of the country’s business capital and other cities.
  • The US embassy said there were “indications of military movements in Yangon” and the possibility of telecommunications interruptions overnight between 1am and 9am. It recommended that American citizens “shelter in place” during the night-time curfew ordered by the junta. 
  • The developments came 14 days after senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the army’s commander-in-chief, ordered the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and scores of other government officials and seized power.
  • The Guardian / Myanmar: internet restored as Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention extended

The Economist / Britain has reduced its carbon emissions more than any rich country

  • Over the summer of 2020, as coronavirus cases fell and life in Britain felt briefly normal, something very abnormal was happening to the country’s electricity supply. No coal was burned to generate any portion of it for a period of more than two months, something that had not happened since the Industrial Revolution.
  • Britain’s four remaining coal-burning power plants are zombies, all but dead. Within a couple of years they will be closed and Britain will probably never burn coal for electricity again. The elimination of power stations that burn coal has helped Britain cut its carbon emissions faster than any other rich country since 1990. 
  • They are down by 44%, according to data collected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) during a period when the economy grew by two-thirds. Germany’s emissions, in contrast, are down by 29%; coal is still burned to generate some 24% of its electricity.
  • Britain has made cuts to its emissions 1.8 times larger than the EU average since 1990. The emissions of other rich countries like America, Japan and Australia are flat over the same period, or even up slightly.
  • Bloomberg – Eric Roston / Why Biden is reviving climate change’s magic number
  • Bloomberg – Eric Roston and Will Wade / Top economists warn U.S. against underestimating climate damage

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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.

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