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Leading German policymakers dismissed fears over the BRICS expansion announced for 2024, pointing instead to Russia and China, the two giants they see as the real threat. Read more.
Dutch to nominate Foreign Minister Hoekstra as EU Commissioner. The Dutch government will nominate outgoing Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra as an EU commissioner, caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday, confirming media reports. Read more.
Spain, France leftist leaders gear up against right-wing surge. The Party of the European Left calls for transnational unity as La France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc M?lenchon and Sumar President Yolanda D?az argue that offering a solid social programme is the key to fighting the right-wing parties in the next EU elections. Read more.
Eyeing China, France mulls foreign investment screenings in raw materials sector. The scope of French foreign investment control will be broadened to critical raw materials’ extraction and transformation, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced on Thursday, in an apparent reference to China’s near-monopoly in the sector. Read more.
Azerbaijani President snubs Belgian FM after diplomatic incident. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev allegedly refused to meet with Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib on Thursday because she made a statement over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict earlier this week in Armenia. Read more.