Connect with us

EU

Is anyone meddling in the US elections?

Published

on

In their final head-to-head debate before the Presidential election on 3 November, Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed over financial ties with Russia and China. Both candidates levelled allegations against the other, writes Graham Paul.

Trump has made more than $200 million in income from his foreign business interests since 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The exact sums are difficult to calculate, but they are in hundreds of millions of dollars.

By contrast, on stage Biden insisted that I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life”.

He tried to turn the tables on President Trump: I have released all of my tax returns. 22 years. Go look at them. 22 years of my tax returns. You have not released a single solitary year of your tax returns. What are you hiding? Why are you unwilling?

Trump, as part of a lengthy string of unverified allegations about Biden and his family's financial interests, claimed that Biden received millions "through Russia.

"Joe got $3.5 million through Russia, and it came through Putin because he was very friendly with the former mayor of Moscow," the president said.

You made $3.5 million, Joe!he said.

Trump appeared to be confusing Biden with the legitimate business activities of his son Hunter.

Trumps campaign has been trying desperately to prove that some of Hunters money went to Joe but so far, they have not proven their case.

What we do know from the last elections is that the USA indicted Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin and his associates, who were accused of attempting to destabilise the US political system by using social media and allegedly using fake accounts to influence different racial groups.

But does anybody claim that the Kremlin is backing Donald Trump in this 2020 election?

Russian President Putin said recently that his core ideology is much closer to the basic values of the Democratic Party, which leaves little room for doubt about his own political preferences.

The alleged “election meddler” Evgeny Prigozhin pictured with former US President Bill Clinton and the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev-

The alleged “election meddler” Evgeny Prigozhin pictured with former US President Bill Clinton and the former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev

As for the notorious Evgeny Prigozhin? Well, there is recent media coverage about his alleged activities in Libya, but nothing about meddling in the US elections this time round.

Is now the right time to ask whether Putin's billionaire is attempting to assist Donald Trump? The media has not exposed any connections between Prigozhin and Trump's election team.

But there are many different international connections to be found for Prigozhin, who over the years has met countless world leaders and political celebrities.

Afghanistan

2020 Afghanistan Conference: Sustainable peace, anti-corruption and aid effectiveness on the agenda

Published

on

The 2020 Afghanistan Conference kicks begins today (23 November) with the EU co-organizing and participating in number of events taking place ahead of tomorrow's (24 November) plenary session. Crisis Management Commissioner  Janez Lenarčič will co-chair, together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar an event on sustainable peace (livestream available), with a focus on promoting human rights and empowering women, and also on refugees and returnees.

International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen will deliver a speech at an event on anti-corruption and good governance, and in doing so will emphasize the EU's expectation that the Afghan government delivers on its reform agenda. EU officials will also participate in a third side event taking place ahead of the conference, on aid effectiveness.

Tomorrow, EU High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell will deliver a speech at the opening session of the conference, when he will outline the EU's position on the ongoing intra-Afghan peace negotiations, as well as the conditions for the EU's support, which were presented in a recent paper co-authored with key international donors.

Later, Commissioner Urpilainen will deliver the EU's financial assistance pledge at the conference. Both interventions will be available on EbS. More information on EU-Afghanistan relations is available in a dedicated factsheet and on the website of the EU Delegation in Kabul.

Continue Reading

EU

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

Published

on

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell (pictured) issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and has no place in the European Union, or anywhere else in the world. The scale of the problem remains alarming: one in three women in the European Union have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. Violence against women exists in every country, culture and community.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has shown once more that for some women not even their home is a safe place. Change is possible, but it requires action, commitment and determination. The EU is committed to continue to work tirelessly with its partners to investigate and punish acts of violence, ensure support for victims, and at the same time to address the root causes and reinforce the legal framework.

"Through our Spotlight Initiative we are already fighting violence against women and girls, in 26 countries across the globe. This week we will present a new Action Plan on gender equality and women and girl's empowerment in our external actions. We also call on member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention - the first legally binding instrument at the international level to combat violence against women and domestic violence. Our goal is very clear: to end all forms of violence against women and girls. We owe it to all the victims.”

The full statement and the factsheet are available online.

Continue Reading

coronavirus

Coronavirus: Commission to provide 200 disinfection robots to European hospitals

Published

on

As part of its continued efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus and provide member states with necessary equipment, the Commission launched the purchase of 200 disinfection robots that will be delivered to hospitals across Europe. Overall, a dedicated budget of up to €12 million is available from the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI). Hospitals from most Member States expressed a need and interest in receiving these robots, which can disinfect standard patient rooms, using ultraviolet light, in as quickly as 15 minutes, and thus help prevent and reduce the spread of the virus. The process is controlled by an operator, who will be located outside of the space to be disinfected, in order to avoid any exposure to the UV light.

Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said: “Developing technologies can set up forces of change and we see a good example of this in the disinfection robots. I welcome this action to help our hospitals in Europe reduce the risk of infection – an important step in containing the spread of coronavirus.” Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added: “Europe has remained resilient and solidary during the current crisis. From repatriating EU citizens stranded abroad to increasing the production of masks and ensuring that medical equipment reaches those who need it within the single market, we are acting to protect our citizens. Now we are deploying disinfection robots in hospitals so that our citizens can benefit from this potentially life-saving technology.”

The robots are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Twitter

Trending