Editor's note: Cui Zheng is an associate professor at the Research Center for the Economies and Politics of Transitional Countries, Liaoning University. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. Through the diplomatic efforts of France and Germany, the leaders of the Normandy Four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) are scheduled to meet in Paris, France, on December 9, 2019, to resume negotiations to end the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine. This is the first talk among the four countries since the Berlin summit in 2016, and it also marks the first meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin since the former took office. The deadlock after the Minsk Protocol In 2014, to resolve the Ukrainian crisis and promote Ukraine-Russia dialogues, Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) launched the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine and the … [Read more...] about Will the Normandy summit resolve the Russia-Ukraine conflict?
Editor's note: Freddie Reidy is a freelance writer based in London. He studied history and history of art at the University of Kent, specializing in Russian history and international politics. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. In the US, Thanksgiving is often described as a time of the year for the family to reconvene, fall out, reconcile and agree to meet again on December 25 to do it all over again. This week's summit to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) certainly felt similar. Ahead of the conference, clouds gathered as US President Donald Trump kept up his criticism of Germany in particular for being "delinquent" in not honoring its 2 percent of GDP for defense spending, French President Emmanuel Macron alleged the alliance was "brain dead" and Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted the organization was as strong and relevant as ever. In some ways it is puzzling that NATO is … [Read more...] about NATO’s 70th anniversary: An uneasy reunion
When it comes to the outlook for emerging markets in 2020, the bottom line is maddeningly simple: "It's complicated." There are a number of reasons for this. For starters, we are living in extraordinary times, owing to the unpredictable personality of the US President Donald Trump. One can only begin to imagine what steps he will take to improve his re-election chances next year. Will he engage in even more saber rattling, threatening, say, additional tariffs against China or military action against Iran? Or will he focus on keeping financial conditions accommodative in order to ward off a slowdown or recession just before the election? There are no obvious answers to such questions. Indeed, a friend recently told me that he is closing down his macro hedge fund because the ratio of noise to signal in the Trump era is just too high. Even if one adjusts for the frequency of Trump's outbursts and repeated contradictions, it is impossible to predict where he will land on any given day. … [Read more...] about What can emerging markets expect next?
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin’s primary election (all times local): 12 a.m. A Balsam Lake attorney has won the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat northern Wisconsin. Margaret Engebretson defeated Marshfield doctor Brian Ewert in Tuesday’s primary in the 7th Congressional District. Engebretson advances to face incumbent Republican Sean Duffy in the Nov. 6 general election. Engebretson holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has focused on child custody cases. The 7th Congressional District covers a massive swath of mostly rural western and northern Wisconsin. ___ 11:55 p.m. A former mutual fund administrator has captured the Republican nomination for state treasurer. Travis Hartwig defeated Jill Millies in Tuesday’s primary. He advances to face Democrat Sarah Godlewski in the November election. Godlewski survived a three-way primary Tuesday. Incumbent Republican Treasurer Matt Adamcyzk is running for the … [Read more...] about The Latest: Democratic attorney to challenge Duffy