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China and Germany are heading for superpower status as US influence wanes, Putin said | Instant News


Moscow (Reuters) – The era in which the United States and Russia decided the world’s most important question is in the past, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying China and Germany were now heading for superpower status.

Addressing the Valdai Discussion Club meeting, Putin suggested that the role of the United States has diminished, along with that of Britain and France, while Beijing and Berlin – in terms of political and economic weight – are heading towards superpower status.

If Washington is not ready to discuss global issues with Moscow, Russia is ready to have discussions with other countries, said Putin, who spoke via video link.

He said Washington could no longer claim exceptionalism and question why they wanted it.

In the run-up to the US presidential election on November 3, Putin said he hoped the new administration would be ready for dialogue on security and control of nuclear weapons.

Washington last week rejected Russia’s proposal for an unconditional one-year extension of the latest agreement limiting the deployment of US and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, calling the suggestion “not the beginning.”

The New START Treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Agreement), signed in 2010 will expire in February. This limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads Russia and the United States can deploy and the missiles and bombers that carry them.

Despite their differences, Moscow and Washington appear increasingly close to a deal on New START.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Andrew Osborn; Written by Alexander Marrow; Edited by Andrew Osborn

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Millennials get little satisfaction from democracy – Cambridge study | Instant News


LONDON (Reuters) – Young people are less satisfied with democracy and more disillusioned than at any other time in the past century, particularly in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia, a study by the University of Cambridge found.

Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are more disillusioned than Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1981, or the Baby Boomers born between 1944 and 1964 and the Interwar Generation 1918-1943.

“Around the world, younger generations are not only more dissatisfied with democratic performance than the old, but also more dissatisfied than previous generations at the same stage of life,” the Cambridge study found.

The picture is poor in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.

But satisfaction has increased in Germany, South Korea and many post-Communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

The main reason behind disillusionment with democracy among young people is wealth and income inequality, said the report, citing figures showing that Millennials make up about a quarter of the US population but only own 3% of the wealth. The Baby Boomers hold 21% of the wealth of the same age.

The study suggests that populist challenges to mainstream, “establishment” politics could actually help increase democratic engagement by stunning moderate parties and leaders to reverse the damage.

The Cambridge Center for the Future of Democracy investigates data from more than 4.8 million respondents collected in 160 countries between 1973 and 2020.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Edited by Mark Heinrich

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Britain, Canada call for a halt to military action in Nagorno-Karabakh | Instant News


LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Canada said on Tuesday that there was an urgent need to stop military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and called on all parties to return to the negotiating table.

“Canada and Britain reaffirm the urgent need to end continued military action in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone,” said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Canadian Foreign Minister François-Phillippe Champagne.

“We are deeply concerned about the reports of shootings in civilian areas and would like to send our condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, written by Sarah Young

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Germany is “moving in the right direction” on Huawei restrictions, US officials say | Instant News


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s decision to restrict Chinese mobile equipment maker Huawei is the right approach, a senior US official said on Wednesday, urging Berlin to support the NATO alliance by removing Chinese technology from Europe’s next-generation mobile networks.

Keith Krach, the US deputy secretary of state for economic affairs, said he had met German officials and executives during his current visit to Europe.

“We see things moving in the right direction in Germany … There really is no future with Huawei,” he told reporters in an online forum.

(This story has been rewritten to correct a typo in the title)

Reporting by Robin Emmott and Toby Sterling, editing by Marine Strauss

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Geopolitical tensions are not an immediate risk to Azeri’s gas flow – TAP executive | Instant News


MILAN (Reuters) – Rising tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan pose no immediate risk to Azeri gas flows into Western Europe, the head of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) said Tuesday.

TAP is the final part of a $ 40 billion project called the Southern Gas Corridor, which will transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Italy.

“Fortunately this corridor is far from the most critical area,” said TAP managing director Luca Schieppati during an energy conference in Milan.

He said he believed building the pipeline was something that could unite the country.

Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds injured since clashes between Azerbaijan and the mountainous Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on Sunday in the new eruption of a decades-long conflict.

Schieppati confirmed that after about four and a half years on the job, TAP will start on schedule in the coming months.

“At the end of this year the gas has flowed and we can finally open the southern corridor,” he said.

The 878 km long TAP pipeline, which will have an annual capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of gas, is the cornerstone of the European Union’s energy security policy to stop the block from using Russian gas.

Environmentalists and industry alike have raised concerns that giant gas pipelines could be underused as countries seek to use more carbon-free energy. Schieppati admitted that he was not worried about the request.

“I am sure the gas will be fully utilized,” said Schieppati.

The shareholder of TAP AG is BP BP.L, SOCAR Azerbaijan, Snam SRG.MI, Fluxys FLUX.BR, Enagás ENAG.MC and Axpo.

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Giulia Segreti and Barbara Lewis

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