2 February 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told his parliament today that he has no plan to join NATO and will remain militarily neutral while maintaining ties with alliance members through weapons procurements. Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina are the only other Balkan states which have not joined NATO.
2 February 2023   (Defense News)
A Turkish engineering firm has won two contracts worth some €31.5 million to modernize intelligence infrastructure in the NATO Communications and Information Agency. STM says it is one of the largest software development projects assigned by the alliance to a Turkish company.
2 February 2023   (EuroNews)
Swedish Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer says proposed legislation would restrict activities linked to militant Kurdish groups in the hopes of persuading Turkey’s objections to his country’s bid for NATO membership. “It's a broader criminalisation, targeting a large number of activities within a terrorist organisation that are not concretely connected to a particular terrorist crime,” he said.
2 February 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said February 1 that his government is willing to send troops and police to Haiti as part of a proposed multinational security force. The UN special envoy for Haiti said a week ago that she hoped the Security Council would deal “positively” with the request from Haiti’s government which has been dealing with widespread gang violence.
2 February 2023   (EuroNews)
European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and 15 senior EU officials were in Kyiv today for meetings with the Ukrainian government to discuss economic ties and to show solidarity against Russia’s invasion. European Council President Charles Michel is scheduled to join them February 3 for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
2 February 2023   (Global)
Former television journalist Tom Clark has been appointed by Foreign Minister Melanie Joly as Consul General in New York, responsible for cultural and economic relations in neighbouring states as well as Bermuda.
2 February 2023   (CNN)
A former French aircraft carrier from the 1960s acquired by Brazil in 2000 is to be scuttled in a remote five-kilometre deep area of the Atlantic. The Brazilian navy said February 1 that the ship is at risk of sinking, so it has little choice despite a last-minute legal challenge.
2 February 2023   (BBC)
The European parliament today suspended two members’ legal immunity at the request of Belgian authorities investigating corruption alleged to involve Qatar. The controversy erupted when four were arrested on suspicion of corruption and money-laundering and one pled guilty and agreed to identify others.
1 February 2023   (EuroNews)
Concern about losing investment and jobs, the European Commission has new plans to boost homegrown green industry and counter U.S. tax credits and rebates. Announced today, the latest package combines simpler subsidy rules, repurposed funds, faster approval of renewable projects, common production targets, trade deals and upskilling. “In the fight against climate change, what is most important is the net-zero industry,” said EC President President Ursula von der Leyen. “We want to seize this moment.”
1 February 2023   (CP)
The U.S. is filing a new complaint under the auspices of the North American trade agreement over what it alleges is Canada's failure to live up to its obligations to American dairy farmers and producers. Trade Representative Katherine Tai says the latest submission to a panel for resolution was necessary because Canada has not fully complied with the recommendations from an initial panel in December 2021.
1 February 2023   (CTV)
The latest Corruption Perceptions Index by Berlin-based Transparency International ranks Canada’s public service 14th on a list of 100 countries. Canada scored 74 out of 100 in 2022, unchanged from the previous year – 100 being the least corrupt and zero the worst. Each country’s score and ranking are based on data from 13 external sources and is meant to illuminate which countries pose security and geopolitical threats.
1 February 2023   (BBC)
British Labour Party MP Kim Johnson apologized today or describing Israel’s new coalition government, which includes right-wing nationalists, as “fascist.” She had used the label when pressing Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak over “human rights violations” against Palestinians. Ordered by party leaders to apologize, she acknowledged that she had been “particularly insensitive” to Israeli history.