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Tensions between EU and South East Asia over EU legislation deemed to ‘increase poverty’

The Council, Commission and European Parliament are currently finalising new EU legislation on mandatory due diligence to stop deforestation in supply chains.  In September, the European Parliament already voted to substantially tighten up the European Commission’s original proposal, which entails requiring companies to check whether goods sold in the EU have not been produced on …

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G20 convenes leading religious leaders at Religion 20 (R20) in Indonesia

For the first time ever, the G20 summit, which is taking place in Bali, Indonesia, is also convening the world’s major religious leaders, in a bid to find faithbased solutions to global crises. It included an address by His Holiness Pope Francis. This gathering has been named Religion 20 (R20). At the occasion, a forum …

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Germany increases its military presence in the Indo-Pacific

The German army is increasing its presence in the Indo-Pacific, relying on cooperation with “partners that share the same values” – like Australia, according to an investigative report by Deutsche Welle. The German Air Force thereby participates in an exercise in Australia, with six Eurofighter fighter jets. Around 250 soldiers are involved. In addition to …

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