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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 10/11/2021

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 10/11/2021

Financial Times – Lauren Fedor / Trump loses bid to deny White House records to January 6 panel

  • A federal judge has denied Donald Trump’s bid to stop a congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol from accessing White House records related to the former president’s role in the deadly riot.
  • The ruling by Tanya Chutkan of the federal district court in the District of Columbia on Tuesday night marks a significant legal setback for the former president, who has been trying to shield records of his actions around the attack on the basis that they are protected by executive privilege.
  • Although Trump immediately appealed against the ruling, if it stands it could pave the way for the National Archives, which stores White House documents, to hand over the material as early as Friday — a move that was allowed by Joe Biden, the sitting US president.
  • Explaining her ruling on Tuesday night, Judge Chutkan said Trump’s claim that he was owed executive privilege was misplaced. “His position that he may override the express will of the executive branch appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power ‘exists in perpetuity’,” she said.
  • The Washington Post / The Jan. 6 attack: key findings of The Post’s investigation

Financial Times – Leslie Hook / COP26 finale: five things to watch

  • As the COP26 climate summit enters its last days, negotiators from nearly 200 countries are working round the clock to try to agree on the final texts that will be published at the end of the two-week conference.
  • Amid this rising intensity, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads back to Glasgow on Wednesday to try to move things along.
  • Following headlines on coal and finance agreements during the opening days, and celebrity speeches from former US president Barack Obama and youth activist Greta Thunberg, the negotiations that typically dominate the end of a COP summit can seem technical and arcane.
  • But they are also a geopolitical minefield, often opening up surprising disagreements, as well as unexpected alliances, among the 197 countries that approved the Paris climate accord at the COP21 in 2015.
  • Bloomberg / Draft urges tighter climate goals

Euractiv / EU close to deal on new round of Belarus sanctions, diplomats say

  • The European Union is close to imposing more sanctions on Belarus, targeting some 30 individuals and entities including the foreign minister and Belarusian airline Belavia, with approval as early as next week, three EU diplomats said.
  • The EU and NATO accuse President Alexander Lukashenko of using migrants as a weapon to pressure the West by sending people fleeing the Middle East to Minsk and then onto the borders of Poland and the Baltic states.
  • The new round of sanctions is set to target Belarusian officials that the EU says have organised the migrant arrivals in revenge for sanctions on Minsk over human rights abuses.
  • On Wednesday (10 November), in a crucial step, the EU’s 27 ambassadors are set to formally agree that the swelling numbers of migrants along Belarus’ border with Poland amount to “hybrid warfare” and can serve as a legal basis on which to build sanctions.
  • The Guardian – Lorenzo Tondo / Migrants face ‘desperate situation’ at Poland-Belarus border

Financial Times – Marton Dunai and Ben Hall / Hungary opposition leader vows ‘regime change’ if Orbán defeated

  • Hungary’s opposition leader plans to overhaul the constitution in a referendum after next year’s general election, saying the move was vital to loosen Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s grip on the remaining levers of power.
  • Peter Marki-Zay said that within 60 days of taking office he would hold a vote on reforms to restore democratic checks and balances, despite fears that this would itself breach the constitution and spark a legal and political crisis.
  • “We are talking about regime change,” Marki-Zay, who was chosen in a popular primary contest to lead the opposition in April’s poll, told the Financial Times in an interview. “It is not a regular election.”
  • But the polls also suggest he could fall short of the two-thirds majority in parliament needed to change rules that have allowed Orban to exert tight control over practically all state institutions.
  • The Guardian – Timothy Garton Ash / Europe must seize this chance to help restore democracy in Hungary

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