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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 28/10/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 28/10/2021

Al Jazeera – Maziar Motamedi / Iran says Vienna nucler talks to resume by end of November

  • Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has said multilateral talks in Vienna to restore the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will resume before the end of November.
  • Ali Bagheri Kani, who became the new chief nuclear negotiator in mid-September, announced the news following a meeting on Wednesday with European officials in Brussels, saying the exact date will be announced next week.
  • Six rounds of talks with China, Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom at the Austrian capital – with the United States participating indirectly – concluded in late June to allow the administration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to take form.
  • The US, which unilaterally abandoned the nuclear deal – formally known the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran, has been saying for weeks that the window to return to the talks won’t remain open forever as Iranian officials said they will come back “soon”.
  • ECFR – Esfandyar Batmanghelidj / Nuclear talks under Raisi: Iran’s diplomats are going slow to appear Smart

BBC / Poland told to pay €1m a day in legal row with EU

  • The EU’s top court has told Poland to pay a daily fine of €1m (£850,000) in a row over judicial reforms.
  • Earlier this year, Poland was ordered to suspend a controversial disciplinary chamber, but has not yet done so.
  • It is the latest development in a bitter feud with the EU over changes that are seen as weakening the independence of Polish courts.
  • The hefty penalty was immediately denounced as “blackmail” by Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller.
  • Politico – Mujtaba Rahman / Europe’s next rule of law problema: Angela Merkel

The Guardian – Oliver Milman / World is failing to make change needed to avoid climate breakdown, report finds

  • Every corner of society is failing to take the “transformational change” needed to avert the most disastrous consequences of the climate crisis, with trends either too slow or in some cases even regressing, according to a major new global analysis.
  • Across 40 different areas spanning the power sector, heavy industry, agriculture, transportation, finance and technology, not one is changing quickly enough to avoid 1.5C in global heating beyond pre-industrial times, a critical target of the Paris climate agreement, according to the new Systems Change Lab report.
  • The dangerously sluggish pace of decarbonization, made plain just days before the start of crucial UN climate talks in Scotland, further highlights how the world is badly off track in its attempts to curb climate breakdown.
  • Atmospheric levels of planet-heating gases hit a new record high last year, and the UN has warned the amount of fossil fuel extraction planned by countries “vastly exceeds” the limit needed to keep below the 1.5C threshold.
  • Foreign Policy – Com Quinn / COP26: breakthrough or bust?

The Guardian – Helen Davidson / Taiwan president says China threat growing ‘every day’ as Biden criticizes Beijing

  • Taiwan is on the “front lines” in the fight for democracy as the threat from China grows “every day”, its president Tsai Ing-wen has said, as US president Joe Biden criticised China’s “coercive” actions in the Taiwan Strait.
  • The democratically elected Tsai told CNN she remained open to dialogue with China’s leader Xi Jinping, but amid increased risk of military action she had “faith” that the US would come to the island’s defence.
  • She also confirmed the presence of US military trainers on the island, the first time she has personally done so. But she it was “not as many as people thought”, adding: “We have a wide range of cooperation with the US aiming at increasing our defence capability.”
  • In an interview recorded on Tuesday, Tsai repeated calls for other democracies in the region, including Japan, Australia and South Korea, to help support Taiwan.
  • Foreign Affairs – Oriana Skylar Mastro / The Taiwan Temptation

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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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