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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 11/10/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 11/10/2021

Financial Times – Henry Foy and Sam Fleming / Moscow’s EU envoy urges Europe to fix ties to avoid gas shortages

  • The Kremlin’s ambassador to the EU has called on Europe to mend ties with Moscow in order to avoid future gas shortages, but insisted that Russia had nothing to do with the recent jump in prices.
  • Vladimir Chizov, Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, said he expected Gazprom, the state-controlled exporter that supplies 35 per cent of European gas needs, to respond swiftly to instructions from president Vladimir Putin to adjust output.
  • Action, which would help curb skyrocketing wholesale prices, was likely to come “sooner rather than later,” he said. Putin “gave some advice to Gazprom, to be more flexible. And something makes me think that Gazprom will listen,” Chizov told the Financial Times.
  • While rejecting assertions from European lawmakers that Russia had played a role in Europe’s gas crunch, Chizov said Europe’s choice to treat Moscow as a geopolitical “adversary” had not helped.
  • Atlantic Council – Aura Sabadus / Europe’s energy crisis highlights dangers of reliance on Russia

Euractiv – Piotr Macej Kacynski / Poles pin hopes on Tusk to prevent EU exit

  • On Sunday (10 October), some 200,000 people in 126 towns and cities across Poland, the rest of Europe and the world demonstrated against last week’s decision of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that ruled EU basic treaties are partially illegal.
  • In Warsaw, up to 100,000 people gathered in Zamkowy Square. Donald Tusk, former president of the European Council and current president of the European People’s Party, called for the protest to manifest the unity of opposition to the ruling.
  •  Critics believe that the Constitutional Tribunal is controlled by the Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party and that they are actively pursuing an exit policy, aka “Polexit”.
  • “We stay”, “Only European Poland”, “We are Europe” were popular slogans of the pro-EU crowd gathered in Warsaw.
  • Politico – Vincent Manancourt / Viktor Orbán backs Poland in EU law spat

Politico – Cristina Gallardo / EU unity faces fresh test in Northern Ireland Brexit row

  • A British move to suspend the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol could pose a major test of European unity.
  • The protocol, which seeks to avoid the need for a land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to the south, has long been the most complex Brexit conundrum. The compromise struck as part of Brexit talks kept Northern Ireland aligned to key bits of EU law but the two sides disagree on its implementation.
  • Talks between Brussels and London over the controversial trade arrangements intensify this month, with the EU due to put forward a fresh set of proposals on Wednesday and the U.K. expected to offer more detail on its own ideas next week.
  • Yet member states aren’t yet settled on how far to go in response if the U.K. presses the nuclear button — and some fear a trade war with Britain would be damaging for both sides.
  • Bloomberg – Reed Landberg and Gonar Motevalli / Brexit clash on Northern Ireland adds to headaches for Johnson

The Guardian – Martin Pengelly / House Capitol attack panel ready to urge prosecution of Trump aides

  • The House select committee investigating the deadly assault on the US Capitol on 6 January is prepared to urge federal prosecution of former aides to Donald Trump who refuse to comply with subpoenas, a key panel member said.
  • Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and Pentagon aide Kash Patel are defying subpoenas for documents and testimony, under instruction from the former president.
  • Amid fears that the panel will not seek to enforce its will, Adam Schiff, a member of the panel as well as chairman of the House intelligence committee, spoke to CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday.
  • The 6 January committee, the California congressman said, “wants to make sure that these witnesses come in and testify, and we are prepared to go forward and urge the justice department to criminally prosecute anyone who does not do their lawful duty”.
  • The Washington post – Aaron Blake / The biggest question on Trump’s DOJ scheme

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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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