The diplomatic "relaxation" in US-French relations, the elections in Germany, the sudden "rift" within the Spanish People's Party and a bizarre assassination attempt in Ukraine are some of the key issues in the international press.
For Biden - Macron: The diplomatic crisis that erupted between Paris and Washington over the AUKUS defense agreement, namely Australia's decision to cancel a contract for the purchase of French submarines in favor of American nuclear-powered submarines, seems to be easing. and Emanuel Macron - on the initiative of the former, as the Elysee hastened to clarify in advance. The two leaders even intend to meet "in Europe in October," Politico reports.
According to the joint statement, Biden and Macron agreed that "open communication between allies" before the AUKUS announcement would help "avoid this situation" and decided to "start a process of substantive consultation" to establish the conditions that will "guarantee trust". At the same time, Biden acknowledged the need for "a stronger and more effective European defense" both for transatlantic security and in addition to the "role of NATO" and pledged to step up its support for European counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel. The United States has not apologized for what the French foreign minister called a "backstabbing", and the "substantive consultations" that are under way are theoretically routine among NATO allies, in the spirit of reconciliation, but Macron decided to return to The French ambassador, who was recalled along with the French ambassador to Australia last Friday, FT reports.
But as Joe Biden ousted Emmanuel Macron, the British prime minister poured oil on the fire, telling France more or less to "come off" and "do him a favor" by arguing that AUKUS was "essentially a big step". towards global security ". In fact, the way Boris Johnson said one day after meeting Joe Biden in New York was particularly provocative: "I think it's time for some of our dearest friends around the world to 'prenez un grip' "For all this, 'donnez-moi un break,'" he said, deliberately putting French verbs into English expressions. Following this, and according to two Reuters diplomatic sources, Paris was given orders to immediately limit all contacts with Britain, notes Politico.
For EU - USA: At the same time, the EU announced a new partnership with the US on vaccines and medicines related to Covid 19. The two partners pledged to provide 500 million doses to the EU and the US 1,1 billion doses in poor third countries, FT reports.
Meanwhile, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is under pressure from Commissioners and some European countries to announce today that the EU-US trade and technology summit scheduled for 29 September in Pittsburgh will proceed as normal. otherwise the Union risks losing what it has already negotiated with Washington.
In Germany: Merkel's "successor" candidate, Olaf Soltz, is leading in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's election, Politico reports. In fact, it seems that nothing "scares" him as he overcame the reef of recent and extremely large scandals concerning the Ministry of Finance, which he leads.
Nevertheless, at the same time, the Christian Union of Armin Lasset is recovering, reducing the difference from the SPD to the limits of statistical error. In yesterday's poll for the "trend barometer" of "RTL / ntv" channels, the SPD maintains 25% of the previous week. The conservative CDU / CSU improves its position by one unit, rising to 22%. The other parties remain in the same percentages: Analena Berbok's Greens 17%, the center-left Liberals (FDP) 11%, and the far-right AfD, while the Left (Die Linke) remains at 6% for months. In this poll of the "forsa" institute and in the personal comparison of the candidates for the chancellor, Olaf Solz gets 29% and is significantly ahead of his opponents, Armin Lasset with 14% and Analena Berbok with 16%.
In Spain: An internal rift has been caused in the main opposition party in Spain after the recent move of the mayor of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Agiuso to claim the leadership of the People's Party, according to the FT. And while the elections are scheduled for the end of 2023, Agiosso, who won the elections in Madrid this year with the support of the far right, wants to enter the central political scene directly, displacing the current leader of the party, 40-year-old Pablo Casado. He called for an immediate congress to secure the party presidency. Cassado resisted, making it clear that he supported neither her candidacy nor the prospect of a People's Party congress. The clash of the two former friends is significant as it strikes the party at a critical juncture, where it saw a popular rise against the ruling Socialist. However, if things do not change and the People's Party loses in the elections, then Agiosso will surely claim his leadership. Kasado has already lost two elections. Agiosso recalled this the other day "when we have someone who knows how to win the elections, we will all succeed together". The internal conflict is currently good news only for the country's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.
In Ukraine: An unsuccessful assassination attempt on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top adviser was made yesterday, with the Kiev government implying that it was linked to a political battle with criminal organizations and corruption circles, including the country's oligarchs. The car of Serhiy Sefir, an aide and old friend of the Ukrainian president, received 10 bullets as it crossed the village of Lesniki near the capital. The driver was hit three times and taken to hospital where he underwent surgery. Sefir was not hit by the fire, which came from a wooded area along the main road. So far no suspect has been arrested. Moscow, which is at loggerheads with Ukraine over Crimea and separatists in the country's southeast, has denied any involvement. Zelensky interrupted his trip to New York and hurried back to Kiev shortly after addressing the UN General Assembly. "I honestly do not know who is hiding behind," he said in a video shortly after the attack. "Those responsible may be from inside or outside the country. But I do not consider them strong, because to send me a message by shooting from a forest my friend's car shows weakness ".
For Libya: The path of his candidacy for the presidency of the country, in the elections that will probably be held in December, was opened yesterday by the strong man of East Libya, General Khalifa Haftar, announcing that he is leaving his military service for three months, DW reports. In a statement, the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Haftar, said that Haftar had been assigned to his post for the next three months: his temporary departure would last until December 24, the day the elections. Two weeks ago, a controversial electoral law was passed in Libya that allowed him to run for president and return to office if not elected.