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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 16/07/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 16/07/2021

Politico – Eline Schaart / Dutch crime journalist dies after shooting

  • Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries died in hospital on Thursday from injuries sustained in a shooting last week. The crime reporter, well-known for his involvement in many high-level cases, was shot five times, including once in the head, after leaving broadcaster RTL’s Amsterdam studio following a TV appearance on July 6.
  • He was rushed to hospital in critical condition. “Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle. He died surrounded by the people who love him,” his family said in a statement released by RTL Nieuws. 
  • “Peter has lived by his conviction, ‘On bended knee is no way to be free.’ We are immensely proud of him and at the same time inconsolable.”
  • Reacting to the journalist’s death on Thursday, Rutte wrote: “Peter R. de Vries was always dedicated, tenacious, afraid of nothing and no one. Always in search of the truth and standing up for justice. And that makes it all the more tragic that he himself has now become the victim of a great injustice.”
  • Al Jazeera – Pauline den Hartog Jager / ‘Fearless’ Dutch reporter Peter R de Vries dies after shooting

Financial Times – Demetri Sevastopulo / China snubs senior US official in worsening diplomatic stand-off

  • Beijing has snubbed the US by refusing to grant Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of state, a meeting with her counterpart during a proposed visit to China that would have been the first top-level engagement since acrimonious talks in Alaska.
  • The US halted plans for Sherman to travel to Tianjin after China refused to agree to a meeting with Le Yucheng, her counterpart, according to four people familiar with the decision. China offered a meeting with Xie Feng, the number five foreign ministry official who is responsible for US affairs.
  • The Chinese snub follows a similar stand-off between the two countries’ militaries. China earlier this year rebuffed several requests for Lloyd Austin, US defence secretary, to meet General Xu Qiliang, China’s most senior military official.
  • The US viewed the Sherman visit as a possible stepping stone to a China visit by Blinken that would set the stage for President Joe Biden to hold his first meeting with Xi at the G20 summit in Italy in October. The Chinese embassy did not respond to a request for comment.
  • South China Morning Post – Robert Delaney and Owen Churchill / Joe Biden confirms that warning to US businesses in Hong Kong will come on Friday

The New York Times – Melissa Eddy / Hundreds missing and at least 69 dead as raging floods strike Western Europe

  • Following a day of frantic rescue efforts and orders to evacuate towns rapidly filling with water unloosed by violent storms, the German authorities said late Thursday that after confirming dozens of deaths, they were unable to account for at least 1,300 people.
  • That staggering figure was announced after swift-moving water from swollen rivers surged through cities and villages in two western German states, where 58 people were known to have died in the hardest-hit regions and other fatalities were expected.
  • At least 11 more people were reported to have died in Belgium, according to authorities who also ordered inhabitants of downtown Liège to evacuate as the Meuse River, which flows through its center, overflowed its banks.
  • The devastation caused by the severe weather came just days after the European Union announced an ambitious blueprint to pivot away from fossil fuels over the next nine years, as part of plans to make the 27-country bloc carbon-neutral by 2050.
  • The Guardian / Germany floods: Merkel voices horror at ‘catastrophe’ amid search for missing

The Economist / Carbon border taxes are defensible but bring great risks

  • Carbon prices are the most cost-effective way to fight climate change—but for them to work properly, emissions must be priced everywhere.
  • On July 14th the European Commission unveiled its plan to levy what would, in effect, be a tariff on some carbon-intensive imports which, by virtue of having been produced outside the eu, are not subject to its cap-and-trade carbon-pricing scheme.
  • The idea is to stop European firms from responding to the carbon price by moving production to parts of the world where they can pollute without penalty, to shield them from being undercut by rivals from such places and to encourage foreign firms who want to sell to Europe to go green.
  • There are sound reasons for applying carbon prices to imports. But working out how to go about it without causing a cycle of damaging protectionism is a conundrum.
  • Bloomberg – John Ainger and Ewa Krukowska / The seven elements of the EU Green Deal you should care about

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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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