The main opposition candidate Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska has called on the public to boycott the vote and suspended her campaign. The upper chamber, controlled by her Civic Platform (PO) party, is expected to slow the process, but the government can override objections and the changes could become law a few days before the election. … [Read more...] about Will PiS election plans dent Poland’s economy?
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"If you want an ambitious trade deal with the United States, you deregulate because the United States has far lower regulatory standards than we do and the European Union does", she said. "To use a cliche, this would mean accepting chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef", she added. When asked why the UK is determined to prioritise a trade deal with the US post-Brexit, given the US' demands that Chinese companies must be excluded from the 5G network, and demands for multilateral sanctions on countries like Russia and Venezuela, Dr Dee said it was essentially a political and cultural endeavour based on the closeness of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Trump administration. … [Read more...] about Researcher Calls UK’s Pursuit of Trade Deals With Both EU & US ‘Contradictory’
With the post-Brexit transition period active until 31 December, the country currently remains part of the EU’s trade agreements. Negotiations with Brussels, scheduled to begin on 17 March, have also been delayed, putting more stress on the already-tight timeframe to strike a deal. Boris Johnson, a long-time Brexit firebrand, has so far refused to extend the transition period to free up more time for the talks. … [Read more...] about US, UK Halt Trade Talks Indefinitely Due to COVID-19 Pandemic – Report
Mr Barnier, who has been charge of the bloc's negotiations for almost three years, said the debate in Britain over Brexit was "very stimulating" and insisted "we are waiting" for this to be tied down so the real Brexit talks can start on a trade deal. … [Read more...] about Brexit boss Michel Barnier dashes Tory leadership hopefuls’ chance of getting a better deal
Hanoi (VNA) – All member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have recorded COVID-19 infections. In the face of the pandemic’s complex developments, Vietnam, in its capacity as ASEAN Chair in 2020, has been actively promoting the bloc’s common efforts and cooperating with partners in the fight against the disease. Promoting ASEAN’s cohesion and responsiveness As ASEAN Chair this year, Vietnam has been working closely with other members to promote the group’s readiness to respond and mitigate the outbreak’s impacts, reflecting a truly “cohesive and responsive” ASEAN. On February 14, after consulting with other ASEAN leaders, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on ASEAN Collective Response to the Outbreak of COVID-19, in which regional leaders highlighted the association’s priority to deal with the disease and urge the international community to support … [Read more...] about Vietnam joins hands with ASEAN battle against COVID-19