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International Relations (IR) or International Affairs (IA) - commonly also referred to as International Studies (IS) or Global Studies (GS) - is the study of interconnectedness of politics, economics and law on a global level.
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  • Germany's Merkel calls for a European Union military
    Reuters

    Germany's Merkel calls for a European Union military

    Merkel told the European Parliament such an army would not undermine the U.S.-led military alliance NATO but would be complementary to it, remarks that were met with loud applause in the legislature though also with boos from nationalist members. "We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army." Macron's call, which reflected a broad trend of EU thinking but is not universally accepted, was meant to show European willingness to meet U.S. demands that Europe do more for its own security and rely less on America's security umbrella. On Tuesday Trump took aim at Macron again, blasting France over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron's approval ratings.

  • Anthony Hilton: We think the EU will be hit by Brexit — but we don’t get it
    Evening Standard

    Anthony Hilton: We think the EU will be hit by Brexit — but we don’t get it

    Article 50 is concerned with the divorce, the separation of the UK from the bloc. The political declaration cannot legally commit parties to a particular outcome. The details of the future relationship will be negotiated under a different legal basis and only once the UK has left the EU.

  • Trump administration will promote COAL at U.N. climate talks
    Daily Mail

    Trump administration will promote COAL at U.N. climate talks

    The Trump administration plans to set up a side-event promoting fossil fuels at the annual U.N. climate talks next month, repeating a strategy that infuriated global-warming activists during last year's talks, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. As with the 2017 gathering in Bonn, Germany, the administration plans to highlight the benefits of technologies that more efficiently burn fuels including coal, the sources said. This year's talks in Katowice, Poland - located in a mining region that is among the most polluted in Europe - are intended to hammer out a rule book to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which set a sweeping goal of ending the fossil-fuel era this century by spurring a trillion-dollar transition to cleaner energy sources such as solar and wind power.

  • Ban on 'gene drives' is back on the UN's agenda — worrying scientists
    Nature

    Ban on 'gene drives' is back on the UN's agenda — worrying scientists

    Government representatives from nearly 170 countries will this month consider whether to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a controversial technology that can quickly propagate a chosen gene throughout a population. The technique has the potential to eradicate disease, control pests and alter entire ecosystems, but with unpredictable consequences — leading some groups to call for a global moratorium on its field applications. Chances are slim of a moratorium being approved at the upcoming meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which begins on 17 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In an open letter on 14 November, a group of more than 100 scientists — including many studying gene drives — urged governments to reject the moratorium, echoing a statement issued by Britain's Royal Society last week.

  • Why Trump Will Double Down on Foreign Policy in 2019
    The National Interest

    Why Trump Will Double Down on Foreign Policy in 2019

    Simple: It's the path of least resistance.

  • JetBlue wants U.S., European regulators to review joint ventures
    Reuters

    JetBlue wants U.S., European regulators to review joint ventures

    JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, speaking at an airline industry event in New York, said consumers were at risk of decades of high fares because of legacy transatlantic partnerships. JetBlue (JBLU.O), the sixth largest U.S. airline, wants to service Europe from its main hubs in New York, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but is concerned about challenges posed by the big three U.S. legacy airlines' control of important foreign markets through their global alliances.

  • EU will retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs: trade official
    AFP

    EU will retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs: trade official

    The European Union is prepared to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes new tariffs on auto imports, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom warned on Wednesday. Malmstrom met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work out details of more open trade between the major global economies but she said there was no deadline for reaching an agreement. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed in July to hold off on any new tariffs while negotiations are underway.

  • The EU Was Born on an Italian Island. Even People There Want Out
    Bloomberg

    The EU Was Born on an Italian Island. Even People There Want Out

    Staring grimly at the deserted island harbor, Ciro Alleati is clear where to lay the blame for the lack of business on Ventotene. “We need to get out of the euro and out of the EU,” said Alleati, 65. That's a provocative view from an outpost regarded as the wellspring of the European Union. It's here, a two-hour ferry ride from Naples, that anti-fascist Altiero Spinelli was sent into exile by Italy's wartime dictatorship, and where in 1941 he drafted what became known as the Ventotene Manifesto. Hand-written on cigarette paper with fellow activist Ernesto Rossi, the manifesto called for “the grandest creation” the continent had seen in centuries: “a free and united Europe” to prevent conflict

  • Germany's Merkel calls for a European Union military
    Reuters

    Germany's Merkel calls for a European Union military

    Merkel told the European Parliament such an army would not undermine the U.S.-led military alliance NATO but would be complementary to it, remarks that were met with loud applause in the legislature though also with boos from nationalist members. "We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army." Macron's call, which reflected a broad trend of EU thinking but is not universally accepted, was meant to show European willingness to meet U.S. demands that Europe do more for its own security and rely less on America's security umbrella. On Tuesday Trump took aim at Macron again, blasting France over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron's approval ratings.

  • EU accused of backdoor bid to keep UK in customs union
    Yahoo Finance UK

    EU accused of backdoor bid to keep UK in customs union

    EU negotiators are seeking to use a deal over the Irish border backstop to keep the UK in its customs union permanently, a bombshell leak that threatens a delicate Brexit deal has revealed. 

  • Theresa May faces crisis as ministers resign in protest to draft plan on Brexit
    Good Morning America

    Theresa May faces crisis as ministers resign in protest to draft plan on Brexit

    Theresa May's tenure as British Prime Minister was hanging by a thread Thursday morning following the resignation of her Brexit secretary and other ministers in her Cabinet. There is division in her government on the terms of the U.K.'s draft agreement with the European Union on the terms of Brexit, agreed to in Brussels on Tuesday and discussed among British government ministers in a marathon Cabinet session on Wednesday. May delivered a statement to the House of Commons Thursday morning that argued her deal with the EU was the only option that delivered the key priorities demanded by voters in the divisive 2016 referendum.

  • Britain agrees Brexit divorce deal with EU, May's opponents vow to thwart it
    Reuters

    Britain agrees Brexit divorce deal with EU, May's opponents vow to thwart it

    Britain struck a draft divorce deal with the European Union after more than a year of talks, thrusting Prime Minister Theresa May into a perilous battle over Brexit that could shape her country's prosperity for generations to come. While Brussels choreographs the first withdrawal of a sovereign state from the EU, May, a far from secure leader hemmed in by opponents in government and her own Conservative party, must now try to get the deal approved by her cabinet and, in the toughest test of all, by parliament. Brexiteers in May's party accused her of surrendering to the EU and said they would vote the deal down while the Northern Irish party which props up her minority government questioned whether she would be able to get parliamentary approval.

  • Defying Trump, Merkel Backs Macron’s Call for EU Army
    Bloomberg

    Defying Trump, Merkel Backs Macron’s Call for EU Army

    The normally understated chancellor took an uncharacteristically bold stance as she addressed EU lawmakers in Strasbourg. In the French capital she defended her world view against the U.S. president’s barbs as he sparred with Macron.

  • EU, UK have agreed Brexit text on Irish border - RTE
    Reuters

    EU, UK have agreed Brexit text on Irish border - RTE

    British and European negotiators have agreed on a text that deals with the Irish border, the most vexed issue in the Brexit negotiations, Irish broadcaster RTE said on Tuesday, citing two "well-placed" sources. Ireland's national broadcaster said the text was agreed late on Monday and then transmitted to London, quoting the sources as saying it was "as stable as it can be", but that it would be incorrect to say the Brexit negotiations had "concluded". According to the sources, there will be one insurance policy to avoid a return to controls on the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, the so-called Northern Irish "backstop".

  • Business bosses alarmed as resignations imperil Brexit deal
    Reuters

    Business bosses alarmed as resignations imperil Brexit deal

    Business leaders expressed growing alarm on Thursday as a draft Brexit agreement seen as the only chance of preserving some stability in UK-EU trading threatened to unravel, sending stock prices and the pound plunging. Just 12 hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that her cabinet had agreed to the terms of the draft agreement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and work and pensions minister Esther McVey quit, saying they could not support it. "We must therefore continue to prepare for the worst-case scenario, which is what a no-deal Brexit would represent.