Yagha / Burkina Faso : In a suspected early morning attack by jihadists on the post of Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland and then on civilians in Solhan , at least 160 people are killed as well as several houses and the Market burned down. The evening before, 13 civilians and one soldier had been killed and the village ransacked in an attack on the town of Tadyarat in the same province near the borders with Mali and Niger.
Daharki / Pakistan : At least 63 people die in a railway accident and at least 150 are injured. The Millat Express derailed between the Raiti and Obaru train stations at night and several wagons fell onto the adjacent track. The Sir Syed Express , which was running in the opposite direction shortly afterwards , crashed into the derailed train.
International: As part of the police “ Operation Trojan Shield ” (also known as “Operation Ironside” in the region), which is aimed against organized drug-related crime, searches are carried out in at least 16 countries, around 800 suspects are arrested and 15 tons of drugs are seized.
Tel Aviv / Israel : Israel is the first country to ban the fur trade . Scientific and religious purposes (e.g. production and sale of the Schtreimel ) are excluded. The ban will come into force in six months.
Strasbourg / France : The European Parliament decides a failure to act against the European Commission initiate when the application of which came into force at the beginning of the EU rule of law mechanism (so-called Konditionalitätsmechanismus) further delaying. This mechanism is intended to counter violations by member states of the rule of law laid down in Article 2 of the EU Treaty by reducing funds from the Community budget if the violations threaten to misuse the funds. Poland and Hungary , accused of such violations and abuse, are suing the mechanism before the European Court of Justice because the EU has no power to define the rule of law and only "objective and specific conditions" for the allocation of money from the EU budget "should apply. They had also threatened to block important EU budget decisions. In order to avert this, the heads of state and government of the other EU members had admitted that the EU Commission would wait for the outcome of the lawsuit before using the mechanism.
London / United Kingdom : A group of more than 450 internationally active investors, who together represent $ 41 trillion in fixed assets, announced in a public appeal coordinated by the UK Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change ahead of the 2021 G7 summit and in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference 2021, called on governments around the world to immediately set more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in their countries to protect the global climate and to take more energetic implementation measures so that warming can be limited to 1.5 degrees. Signatories include UK asset managers Aviva, HSBC Asset Management, Legal and General Investment Management and M&G, as well as Allianz Global Investors, Amundi, Axa, BNP Paribas, Nomura Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors, Fidelity International, Pimco, CalPERS and California State Teachers Retirement System. The world's two largest asset managers BlackRock and Vanguard as well as JP Morgan , Goldman Sachs and BNY Mellon , all of them US companies , have not signed .
Brussels / Belgium : NATO summit , for the first time with US President Joe Biden and for the last time with Chancellor Angela Merkel . The main topics are the course against the People's Republic of China, which has risen to become a military world power, threats from Russia, the NATO 2030 reform initiative , the revision of the strategic concept, the increase in the budget and the expansion of political consultations within the alliance. On the sidelines of the summit, Biden speaks bilaterally with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (because Turkey has bought the Russian S-400 air defense system , the US has imposed sanctions), Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Kyriakos Mitsotakis .
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Brussels / Belgium : US President Joe Biden meets with Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen (EU-US summit). In addition to the corona pandemic and climate change, the main topics are the settlement of the trade dispute between the EU and the USA (punitive tariffs), the establishment of a joint trade and technology council, also to prevent China from setting global standards for future technologies, and reforms of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and rules for the protection of data in transit in the United States.
London / United Kingdom : Great Britain agrees with Australia on the main features of a free trade agreement (UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement).