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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 17/01/2022

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 17/01/2022

Politico – Zia Weise / Ukraine blames Russia for cyberattack against government websites

  • Kyiv has accused Russia of staging a cyberattack against its government websites, saying Sunday that Moscow was seeking to “intimidate society” and “destabilize” Ukraine.
  • Unidentified hackers on Friday disabled the websites of several Ukrainian ministries, while Microsoft this weekend said that it had detected “destructive malware” in computer networks spanning “multiple government, non-profit, and information technology organizations, all based in Ukraine.”
  • In a statement Sunday, Ukraine’s digital development ministry blamed Moscow: “All evidence points to the fact that Russia is behind the cyberattack. Moscow continues to wage a hybrid war and is actively building up its forces in the information and cyberspaces.”
  • The digital ministry also sought to reassure Ukrainians that their personal data was safe. The cyberattack, it said, was an attempt to “not only intimidate society but also destabilize the situation in Ukraine by stopping the work of the public sector and undermining Ukrainians’ trust in the government.”
  • Euractiv – Alexandra Brzozowski and Mathieu Pollet / EU pledges cyber support to Ukraine, pins hopes on Normandy format

Financial Times – Mehul Srivastava / Benjamin Netanyahu seeks plea deal avoiding jail time but risking political exile

  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s ousted premier, is seeking a plea bargain in his trial for corruption that would mean he could trade jail time for community service, but only if he accepts a seven-year ban from elected office, effectively ending his political career in disgrace.
  • The details of the deal were shrouded in secrecy late on Sunday, but two people familiar with the matter described the talks as being advanced enough to require written texts to be traded between Netanyahu’s lawyers and the attorney-general to move forward.
  • Nothing has been agreed, and “nobody should trust what the Israeli media, which has hated Netanyahu since day one” publishes on the issue, a person close to Netanyahu said.
  • A person close to the attorney-general told Channel 12 news that the chances of a deal being made were very small. The talks were first reported by Maariv newspaper. A spokesperson for the justice ministry declined to comment. A lawyer for Netanyahu did not return calls seeking comment.
  • Haaretz / Netanyahu plea deal would go against Israel’s democracy

Climate Home News – Nikolaus J. Kurmayer / Germany ‘must triple pace of emissions cuts’ to meet 2030 target

  • Germany missed its climate target for 2021 and is likely to miss them again this year and next, according to vice chancellor Robert Habeck, who said the country “must triple the pace of emission cuts” to reach its 2030 goals.
  • 2021 was a bad year for Germany’s climate ambitions. Renewable electricity generation hit a two-year low due to exceptionally low winds and carbon emissions picked up again after a brief drop caused by Covid-19 restrictions. As a consequence, the country missed its 2021 climate goals.
  • “We start with a drastic backlog,” admitted vice chancellor Robert Habeck as he presented Germany’s 2021 climate account in Berlin on Tuesday (11 January).
  • Under business-as-usual projections, Germany would achieve a mere 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, Habeck explained. “That would mean emitting 200 million tonnes of CO2 more” than the country’s target, he added.
  • Bloomberg – Mira Rojanasakul and Eric Roston / The world’s troubling new tempo of temperature records

Financial Times – Davide Ghiglione, Amy Kazmin and Silvia Sciorilli / The Draghi debate: will Italy’s prime minister soon be made president?

  • Italy will this month choose a new president to replace Sergio Mattarella, whose seven-year term ends on February 3.
  • All eyes are on whether Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank president installed as prime minister last year, will become president, leaving his job vacant at a sensitive time.
  • Italy is in the early stages of implementing a major EU-funded reform program to boost its long-term growth prospects, after years of stagnation and the Covid pandemic.
  • Some fear that Draghi’s ascent to Italy’s presidency would trigger the collapse of the current fragile national unity government and force early elections, jeopardising the reforms on which the flow of EU money depends. Others feel that as president Draghi could have a mature and stabilising influence over Italy’s notoriously turbulent politics for years to come.
  • Foreign Policy – Adam Tooze / Mario Draghi doesn’t have ‘whatever it takes’ anymore

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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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