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USA and Europe

Obama Faces New Dynamic With Europe At G7 Summit Reuters Posted: 06/06/2015 11:50 am EDT Updated: 5 hours ago

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama attends the Group of Seven summit in Germany on Sunday, he will join fellow leaders who are growing accustomed to a new dynamic in the transatlantic relationship: less direction from Washington, more demands on Europe.
In responding to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the crisis in Libya and efforts to advance Middle East peace, European leaders have stepped up their role after a real or perceived sense that the United States was drawing back.

The shift has created both annoyance and satisfaction among European officials.
Some privately express frustration at what they view as reluctance by the Obama administration to get involved.
They contrast a "leading from behind" strategy in t…

Russia and Greece

Putin holds phone call with Tsipras, agrees to meet in 2 weeks in Russia
June 5, 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Reuters/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Putin holds phone call with Tsipras, agrees to meet in 2 weeks in Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding telephone talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday. They have discussed Russian gas supplies via Turkish Stream and agreed to meet at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in mid-June. “Practical steps were discussed to implement agreements reached during the recent working visit of Alexis Tsipras to Russia, particularly the planned construction of the gas transport infrastructure across the territory of Turkey andGreece,” the press service said. The talks with the Russian president come hours before the Greek prime minister is due to address the country’s parliament about the EU proposal. The Russian and Greek leaders have …

U.S. Hegemony? 4

Top-Banker ist sich sicher: Russland und China gewinnen gegen die USA Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten  |  Veröffentlicht: 06.06.15 10:39 Uhr  |  37 Kommentare Folker Hellmeyer, Chefvolkswirt der Bremer Landesbank, hat keine Zweifel über die Zukunft des Weltwirtschaftssystems: Die Achse Moskau - Peking BRICS wird sich gegen den alten Hegemon USA durchsetzen. Diese Länder hätten die Nase voll vom Westen, weil sie eine langfristige Strategie wollen und keinen Opportunismus, Die EU dürfte wegen ihres blinden Sanktions-Gehorsams zu den Verlierern gehören.  Themen: ,

Global Warming 52

Africa’s Advocates Say Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Go  Posted on Jun 5, 2015By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network

Young schoolchildren studying by the light of a solar lamp in Tanzania. (EEP Southern and East Africa via Flickr) This Creative Commons-licensed piece originated with Climate News Network.
LONDON—Developed countries should rapidly end subsidies for fossil fuels, says a group established to argue for equitable and sustainable development for Africa.
The Africa Progress Panel (APP), chaired by the Nobel laureate and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, says the G20 countries should set a timetable for phasing out the payments, with a ban on exploration and production subsidies as soon as 2018.
“Many rich country governments tell us they want a climate deal, but at the same time billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money are subsidising the discovery of new coal, oil and gas reserves,” Mr Annan said. “They should be pricing carbon out of the market through taxation, not subsidisi…

John Cusack

John Cusack: Barack Obama is 'as bad or worse' than George W Bush The actor has attacked the incumbent president’s approach to civil liberties and his foreign policy, saying he has extended Bush’s wars  Cusack is a board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Photograph: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images @HenryHBarnes Friday 5 June 2015 12.16 BSTLast modified on Friday 5 June 2015 13.18 BST