U-turn in transatlantic relations with the triumph of Biden?

Drag. Paulina Astroza, Director of the UdeC European Studies Program.

Since AP announced that Joe Biden had surpassed the 270 large voters needed to win the presidential election, almost automatically – as if the tweets had been written and just waiting to press send – numerous European leaders sent their congratulations to the President elect. From the president of the European Commission, the presidents of the Council and European Parliament even the heads of government of the different European countries. Only Slovenia, country of origin of Melania, struck the jarring note. It is true that the relationships between EU Y EE.UU. were seriously damaged in the four years of the administration Trump, within whose first measures was to abandon the negotiations of a TLC that had been initiated with Obama. The withdrawal of the EE.UU. in foreign policy, the unilateralism of its decisions, the increase in tariffs on European products, the explicit support of Trump al Brexit, the constant siege against Angela Merkel and to a lesser extent against Macronare just some examples of the lack of harmony between both parts of the Atlantic. The same happened with the commitment to collective security established in art. V of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) that was not mentioned by Trump on his first visit to the headquarters in Brussels.

How much will the scene change in the era Biden? It will change tone, for sure. Biden I call Merkel, Macron, Martin y Johnson once known of his triumph (it is not known in what order). The message to the Franco-German duo was of the desire to rebuild ties. A Michael Martin, Primer Irish Minister, was supportive, even more so for having Biden himself Irish origins. As to Johnson, (traditionally the President-elected from USA called his British counterpart in Europe first, and this time it is not clear that this was the case), the warning made that the Brexi could not jeopardize the peace and stability between the two Irlandes was a blow to the attempts to Johnson of violating the Exit Agreement concluded with the EU and which puts this stability at risk. Relationships will probably be more cordial than with Trump but Europe no longer has the traditional trust in its ally. This is why a concept that is not new but that has had little progress, such as “Strategic Autonomy”, has begun to gain more strength. This concept has been gaining space in times of Covid-19 where in Europe the dependence of the Chinese market on supplies and medical technology and of EE.UU. in military matters.


Ecuador News – Ecuador Live – Coronavirus in the US: 5 figures that show how the pandemic is out of control | BBC World from London

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Political uncertainty and the health emergency intersect in the US: while the Donald Trump government focuses on asking for recount and contesting the result of the elections, the coronavirus pandemic is experiencing its worst moment in the country.

With winter approaching and with the lack of a national plan to deal with new outbreaks, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths multiply.

For days, US media critical of Trump’s management had pointed out that the president, who spent more than a week without speaking to the press, did not seem to show interest in his obligations and in the course of the pandemic, while tries to reverse the results of the elections from Twitter and the courts.

On the afternoon of this Friday, however, Trump appeared again in front of the cameras to promise that a potential vaccine will be ready before the end of the year and ruled out the possibility that his government will impose a new quarantine to face the pandemic.

“This government will not be closed. Hopefully the … whatever happens in the future, who knows what government it will be? I guess time will tell. But I can tell you that this government will not go to a shutdown,” he said.

A day earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading authority on infectious diseases, had called for redoubled efforts in the face of the increase in cases because an effective vaccine, he said, would not be immediately available.

“Help is on the way. But it is not here yet,” he said.

Fauci has not been the only one to draw attention to the growing number of infections in the United States.

Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the nation is going through a “dangerous season,” while CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta called the situation a “humanitarian disaster.”

Meanwhile, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, who was recently appointed as a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, described the current outlook as “covid hell.”

According to Osterholm, although the United States is not the only place in the world where cases are rebounding again, the situation becomes more critical for two reasons: first, because it is the country with the most infections and deaths in the world and, second, because the outgoing government does not seem interested in taking mitigation measures in his remaining in office.

We can get an idea of ​​how bleak the situation is by reviewing some of the figures that have sounded the alarms of the medical and scientific community.

1. A historical record of cases
For months now, the US has held the sad position of being the country with the most cases and deaths from coronavirus in the world.

Of the more than 53 million infections reported globally, more than 10.3 million are from the United States, almost 20% of the global total in a nation whose population represents 4% of the planet.

But if the overall numbers are alarming, what has happened in recent days has been a major concern.

On Thursday alone, the US surpassed 160,000 new cases in one day, almost a week after crossing the record of 100,000 daily infections.

Two states, Texas and California, were the first this week to report more than a million people infected, while others, like Florida, are following suit.

The increase has been a trend in recent weeks in more than 40 states and, based on models from several universities, the figure could get worse in the days to come.

According to the CDC, it is expected that between 630,000 and 1,700,000 new cases will be reported in the country before December 5, although the agency points out that the estimate may fall below.

“Over the past few weeks, more cases have been reported than expected in the prediction. This suggests that the current forecast may not reflect the full range of cases that will be reported in the future. Projections for new cases should be interpreted accordingly.” indicates on its website.

2. Increasing number of hospitalizations
The scene is familiar: as happened in the spring and summer, hospitals in many states are again beginning to run out of beds, now at a greater rate.

Currently, there are more Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 in the US than at any time before the pandemic.

As of November 12, more than 67,000 people were receiving hospital care after testing positive for coronavirus, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, a monitoring system for the pandemic.

As of this Friday, 17 states reported a general increase in hospitalizations.

The previous record dates back to April 15, when New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 in the US, and 59,940 hospitalizations were reported nationwide.

“The new record for hospitalizations shows that we have entered the worst period of the pandemic since the original outbreak in the Northeast (in New York and nearby states),” wrote the creators of the Covid Tracking Project on Wednesday.

3. Deaths are on the rise again
The CDC registered as of this Friday more than 242,200 deaths, a mortality rate of 73 per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States.

And they reported 1,859 deaths from covid-19 on November 10, the highest figure since the more than 2,500 registered on June 25, an anomalous day because by then the weekly average had been falling to about 600.

In fact, on November 10, the average death toll of 1,000 was exceeded for the first time in the previous seven days, something that had not happened since August.

Trevor Bedford, an analyst at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Research Institute, recalled on Twitter that deaths during the pandemic generally begin to rise three weeks after cases skyrocket.

“I estimate that the United States will report more than 2,000 deaths per day in three weeks,” he wrote.

The mathematical model of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects some 399,162 deaths in the US by February 1 if current conditions are maintained, but if protection measures are further relaxed, it estimates that the figure would be around 513,657.

4. Critical situation in many states
If at the beginning of the pandemic the epicenter was more “concentrated” in some states (such as New York and later Florida), now epidemiologists warn that the situation is more complicated by the increasing number of cases reported throughout the world. country.

As Frieden tweeted, this is because the United States entered “the exponential phase” of spreading the virus, so it is foreseeable that the situation will significantly worsen in most states.

However, he clarified that not all places are currently experiencing the same rate of spread of covid-19.

“For example, South Dakota (the state with the highest rate) has 100 times the spread of Vermont,” he said.

5. The White House as the epicenter
For many US media outlets, a reflection of how the pandemic is out of control in the country is the situation in the White House itself, in which nearly 200 people, from the president to members of his personal and service team, safety, have tested positive or have had to isolate themselves due to being in contact with the virus.

More than 30 people, including Trump, his wife and their youngest son, on dates close to the event for the nomination of Amy Conney Barret for the Supreme Court.

The president himself had to be hospitalized and a few weeks later several aides to Vice President Mike Pence also fell ill.

In early November, after an election night event in which Trump was proclaimed the winner while the counts were still continuing, a new outbreak was reported: Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, one of his campaign bosses, and another dozen officials tested positive. (BBC WORLD)


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at https://t.co/qtPYF1CahM! #FrostGiant pic.twitter.com/NRFfu64qCU

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


Stock exchanges advance with earnings season in focus | Markets

The corporate results season begins in an unflattering scenario. The second wave of coronavirus infections is raging and governments impose restrictive measures to try to contain it. In addition, the negotiations to try to close a Brexit with an agreement are not progressing and Europe is looking into the abyss. Despite everything, investors are betting on purchases at the beginning of the week and the Ibex rises 0.4%.

Inditex leads the increases, with a gain of 2%, after a positive recommendation from Bernstein. Aena gains 1.6% and Indra, 1.5%.

At the opposite pole, Pharmamar falls close to 8%. In the six previous days it accumulated an increase of 18%. The company telematically presents the results of its clinical trial with plitidepsin for the treatment of adults with covid-19.

A week after the companies in the US began to account for the third quarter, it is the turn of the Spanish companies. Enagás, Iberdrola and Bankinter will be some of those that will give their results this week. Investors will compare the data with the figures for the second quarter, in which the Ibex listed companies recorded historical losses of 15,434 million euros due to the bolt on the economy derived from mobility restrictions.

In addition, the increase in new cases of coronavirus in Europe has led to restrictions in Paris, where a curfew has been imposed, or in the United Kingdom, where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to enact a punctual total closure.

In China, GDP increased 4.9% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020, which confirms the trend of economic recovery in the Asian giant after – according to its official data – managing to control Covid 19.

In the debt market, the yield of the Spanish 10-year bond rebounds to 1.61%, while the United States at that term is trading at 0.756%.

The BRent, for its part, fell 0.35% and fell below 43 dollars.