Dale spent the majority of his career as a journalist, working as an international economics, financial, and foreign affairs reporter and editor. He was a syndicated columnist for the International Herald Tribune and was the Brussels and Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times. He founded the magazine European Affairs in Washington and was a president of the European Journalists’ Organization in Brussels.
US President Donald J. Trump called Kim’s pledges “very exciting” on Twitter.
As Athens and Skopje failed to settle a name dispute, Greece was unwilling to welcome Macedonia under its interim name (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and the Alliance did not extend an invitation.
A decade later, Bush is once again voicing his support for Macedonia’s aspirations. His office released a message this week encouraging Macedonians to vote in a September 30 referendum that will pave the way for NATO to welcome its 30th member and resolve the twenty-seven-year name dispute.
Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas “is truly a cause for concern,” Perry said in remarks at the closing session of the Three Seas Initiative’s Business Forum in Bucharest on September 18.
Perry also affirmed US President Donald J. Trump’s opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will deliver gas from Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany and Western Europe. Supported by Berlin, Nord Stream 2 received an endorsement from Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen at the first day of the Three Seas summit on September 17. Central European countries and the United States oppose the project.
On September 18, hours after US President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, China struck back. Beijing retaliated immediately, announcing tariffs on an additional $60 billion in US imports.
The new Chinese tariffs will target more than 5,000 US goods, including meat, nuts, alcoholic drinks, chemicals, clothes, machinery, furniture, and auto parts—nearly everything that China imports from the United States.
The Chinese tariffs, just like the new US ones, will go into effect on September 24.
Trump administration slaps more tariffs on Chinese importsThe latest escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China is further proof that US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of quickly coming to an agreement over a new trade relationship with China, according to Bart Oosterveld, director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program.
“The [Trump] administration has no political or economic incentive to tone down these trade wars,” Oosterveld said.
On September 17, the Trump administration announced 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports in an attempt to pressure China to change trade practices that the president says are hurting US businesses.
“We are here today [not only] because we are part of the European Union and NATO,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said, but also because “we want to be a significant player. We would like Central Europe to be a developed, well-integrated, and structured part of the Euro-Atlantic world.”
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis hosted the third summit and first business forum of the Three Seas Initiative in Bucharest on September 17-18. The initiative brings together twelve European Union (EU) member states from the area that borders the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas, to discuss common infrastructure and development programs to jumpstart the region’s economy.
A no vote would be a win for extreme nationalists and RussiaWhile much of the United States was focused on uppercase Fear (the book) and lowercase fear (the hurricane), Defense Secretary James Mattis was going about business as usual, making the United States safer and stronger (we’ll get to more competitive in another column). On September 17, he touched down in Macedonia to reaffirm US support for NATO and Macedonia’s bid for membership.
More importantly, Mattis sent a strong signal to the world that Washington still stands firmly behind international institutions based on acceptance of common democratic principles and the free market. His visit drew attention to Macedonia’s bid for membership—a vote of confidence in collective security. It is the requirement for NATO’s collective security that all countries aspiring to membership resolve internal conflicts as well as those with their neighbors. Expanding NATO brings peace and stability—the key rationale for becoming a member. This is even more compelling for the Balkan states, which experienced ethnic and interstate wars as recently as about two decades ago. Indeed, I was in the Macedonian capital of Skopje in August celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Ohrid Agreement in 2001, which brought an end to ethnic war in Macedonia between Slavic and Albanian fighters.
Lord George Robertson, former NATO secretary general, on the importance of voting ‘yes’ in Macedonia’s September 30 referendumThe anniversary this year of the end of the First World War should, if we needed it, be a reminder of how important the Balkans have been to our past and why we would be alert to their relevance for today.
The way in which that region affected us dramatically and shockingly in the last few centuries should be a wake-up call to pay a lot more attention today.
In today’s world there may be more tinder-box regions than the Balkans capturing the headlines but complacency in the face of danger is the gravest crime politicians can commit.
While the Trump administration’s decision to invite a Chinese delegation for a new round of trade talks has granted investors a momentary reprieve from an escalating economic conflict, the news shouldn’t distract from the new reality that Inflection Points has been observing for some time.