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A collective sigh of relief after the era of Donald Trump



In the G7At the summit, US President Joe Biden demonstrated that allies can build on the United States again after the Trump years. But the differences will remain.

You meet your friends at a barbecue evening, G7 hosts should be a cue Boris Johnson At a barbecue on Cornwall Beach. The heads of state and government of the seven important industrialized countries and their new guests will be from the barbecue on the evening of the last summit in Great Britain Steaks and lobsters are served, followed by marshmallows, among other things.

The man on whom all eyes were on knows all this from his American homeland. About the President of the United States Joe Biden The summit is her first appearance on the world stage since her move to the White House. The G7 has made a fresh start with Biden – even if the apparent harmony doesn’t mask the differences.

After four years of chaos with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump The heads of state and government of the G7 industrialized nations in Cornwall make no secret of their relief. British Prime Minister Johnson – who was closest to Trump in the group – chanted the “breath of fresh air” that Biden brings. French President Emmanuel Macron Put your arm around him after the opening photo as an old friend. “It’s great to have an American president who’s a member of the club and so willing to cooperate,” Macron said later in a meeting with Biden – adding in his speech: “You’re showing that leadership means partnership.”

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Collaboration instead of strife

Partnership rather than go it alone, cooperate rather than conflict, ‘America is back’ rather than ‘America First’ — US news site Politico says Biden had many messages in his baggage to his allies during his first trip abroad as president, but this is perhaps clearer: “I am not Donald Trump.” As Chancellor Angela Merkel says, Biden “represents the commitment to multilateralism that has been lacking in recent years.” On the first day of the summit, Biden invited Merkel to the White House on July 15 to emphasize “the deep bilateral relationship between the United States and Germany.”

The two met in Cornwall – Biden’s first and last Biden G7 summit. Biden then spoke of a “great meeting” in a tweet, writing: “The bonds between our two countries are stronger than ever.” This is a moisturizer for the Germans, who were Trump’s favorite opponents. The same goes for it Iwhose senior representatives are also attending the summit. Trump once called the European Union his “enemy.” “For my part, I think the European Union is an incredibly powerful and dynamic entity,” Biden says now. And about NATO: “NATO cohesion is very, very important to us.” On the other hand, Trump threatened to withdraw from the alliance.

Everything looks good. But behind the scenes, there is a great deal of disappointment, especially from the European side. So far, Biden has not been as specific in climate policy as many in the EU would have liked – for example when it comes to a time horizon for coal phase-out. Even in efforts to revive the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism that has been paralyzed by Trump, the Democrat has not yet been the help he had hoped for. It was noted with astonishment that Biden had been “America First” for several months when it came to vaccines.

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Moreover, Biden is good to deal with China It is clearly based on confrontation, while Europeans want to avoid excessive polarization, not least because of economic reasons. Even when it comes to patent protection for corona vaccines, for example, the G7 remains incompatible: Biden and many others have shown they are open to comment, but Merkel, for example, is one of the opponents.

“With the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States, the world no longer has any problems. But we can work with renewed vigor to solve these problems,” Merkel said at the end of the summit. “I was really excited to have America back on the table and fully committed,” Biden himself says.

Biden has achieved his most important goal: to demonstrate that the United States is back in business with its democratic allies — and that the United States is ready to take a leadership role on global issues. On Sunday he again called on the world’s democracies to oppose the progress of authoritarian regimes such as those in China and Russia for defence. “We are in competition,” he says.

Interest in stable relations with Russia

When it comes to Russia, the G7 is showing its solidarity and strengthening Biden as he had hoped. “We reaffirm our interest in stable and predictable relations with Russia,” the closing statement said. “We reaffirm our call for Russia to stop its destabilizing behavior and harmful activities, including its interference in the democratic systems of other countries, and to fulfill its international human rights obligations and commitments.”

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This proximity to Moscow is especially important to Biden now. On Wednesday – after high-level meetings with NATO and the European Union in Brussels – he will go to his eagerly awaited summit with the head of the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Given the large number of disputes between the two countries, the meeting is likely to be confrontational. Before that, the two presidents agreed on one point: “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated in recent years,” Putin said. After the G7 summit, Biden said, “I think he’s right, it’s a low point.”

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The Ministry of Health wants to cancel free rapid tests



With the increase in vaccinations, the cost of rapid tests for corona can soon be affordable. Now the Ministry of Health has proposed a date. But there must be exceptions.

The Federal Ministry of Health proposes to end free rapid coronavirus checks for all citizens by mid-October. Since the direct vaccination offer can now be made to all citizens, the permanent cost to the taxpayer has not been determined, according to the ministry’s report on the additional measure in the fall and winter, which was sent to the states and the Bundestag. It is available to dpa.

So it is proposed that the federal government end offering free citizen testing to everyone in mid-October, around October 11 or 18. Only for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there are no general vaccination recommendations, such as women who are pregnant or under 18, should the free rapid tests continue.

“Fees don’t get charged all of a sudden overnight”

“Free citizen testing has made an important contribution to breaking the third wave and giving citizens more safety in their daily lives,” the report says. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister as announced by the Federal Government.

Deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said rapid tests “suddenly should not become subject to fees overnight.” Since March, the federal government has been paying for at least one rapid test per week.

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Lukashenko smuggles refugees to the European Union: an “act of hybrid aggression” – Politics Abroad



He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.

Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.

As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.

Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.

in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.

Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.

In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.

AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!

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What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!

This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.

He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”

According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.

Linas Linkevicius served as Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Baltic Sea for eight yearsPhoto: Petras Maluku/AFP via Getty

And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.

According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.

Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.

The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”

But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.

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Turkey: The brutal murder of a journalism student shocked the country



This killing stirs Turkey!

A man (48) raped and strangled journalism student Azra Gulindam Haitoglu (21 years old) in Antalya Province and buried her dismembered body in a forest.

Particularly cruel: According to identical media reports, the killer is said to have carved his name on the dead woman’s body with a razor blade.

Therefore, he is the civil engineer and real estate agent, Mustafa Murad Ayhan. He is said to have confessed to committing this atrocity. He and Haytoglu allegedly drank alcohol together, and then a “dispute” occurred, he told investigators.

A surveillance camera filmed him leaving his house with a suitcase several times on the evening of the murder. Inside: body parts. After his confession, he led the police into the woods where he buried them.

Mustafa Murad Ayhan, 48, made a confessionPhoto:

The student has been missing since last Wednesday. Around midnight, her sister called her – after which she could no longer be reached. Her body parts were not found until Monday.

After it became known, women’s rights groups called for a demonstration and criticized: “It is the patriarchal state and its anti-women policies and the judiciary that protects the perpetrators and does not conduct effective investigations.”

Background: Turkey withdrew from the so-called Istanbul Agreement in March. The agreement commits states to prohibit physical and psychological violence against women and also to take action against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and forced sterilization.

In the specific case, women’s rights activists accuse investigators of locating the student’s cell phone too late.

According to the organization We Will Stop Femicide, 300 women were murdered by close men in Turkey last year alone, and the group has counted more than 140 acts since the beginning of the year.

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