What do you get if you mix a fervent mayor, a shipping pioneer, a melting Arctic, China's interests and the world's third largest container company? Plans for an “Arctic Rotterdam” in Kirkenes, northern Norway. IE’s Ingeborg Eliassen travelled north to find out more.
China uses its economic power to have foreign critics across Europe adhere to its political world view. Recent events in Germany shed a light on how the Chinese government silences critics of its policy of oppression.
Emmanuel Macron faced hundreds of French diplomats just a few hours after his Biarritz G7 Summit ended. It was 11 o’clock at the Palais de l’Élysée when he started his speech at the ambassadors' conference (the meeting of all France’s diplomats that has been held annually since 1993).
A clichéd image of an old enemy is once again stalking Europe’s corridors of power: the yellow peril. According to briefings by ministerial and security sources, China’s communists want to use the network technology of the Huawei corporation to infiltrate European communication systems. Picture: "IT Security Schloss vor Crypto-Hintergrund - SW" by Christoph Scholz, available at his Flickr profile, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0