Monday, January 17, 2022

Kiev.- The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, meets with the Ukrainian president, Volodrímir Zelenski, and his counterpart, Dmitro Kuleba, to address the tensions with Russia and the prospects of a reactivation together with France of the Normandy Format to achieve peace in Donbas. (photo) Kiev.- A Kiev court is evaluating whether to issue precautionary measures for the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, accused of high treason for the alleged purchase of coal from the pro-Russian rebels who control part of Donbas. Moscow.- The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, meets with his Croatian counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and European security. Strasbourg (France).- The European Parliament pays tribute to President David Sassoli, who died last Tuesday. Strasbourg (France).- The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, debates the current crisis in eastern Ukraine with the Foreign Affairs Commission of the European Parliament. Brussels.- Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of the European Union. Lisbon.- The candidates of the parties with a seat in Parliament in Portugal face each other in a debate ahead of the legislative elections on January 30. Tirana.- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Albania and will deliver a speech in Parliament. Rabat.- The Casablanca Court of Appeal organizes a new session of the trial against the Moroccan journalist Suleiman Raisuni, accused of sexual assault. Beijing.- Two years have passed since the last state visit of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, which has raised doubts that his absence from international forums could affect the status of a China that, with its borders practically closed by the pandemic, remains isolated from the outside. Rio de Janeiro.- Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the largest cities in Brazil, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, officially begin the anticovid vaccination for children between 5 and 11 years old, which had begun formally on Friday. (photo) (video) London.- The Oxfam Intermón organization publishes a report in which it analyzes the evolution of wealth and poverty on the planet during the two years of the covid-19 pandemic. Bogotá.- The wealth of billionaires in Latin America has increased by 52% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, while the poor have been more exposed to deaths from covid-19, according to the report “Inequalities kill” presented by Oxfam.(audio) Mexico City (Mexico).- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador seeks to give the final blow to the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Mexico, to annul the professors who have rebelled against the appointment of a sympathetic director and end a conflict that has led to a student strike. (photo) Geneva.- The World Economic Forum organizes a series of virtual presentations and debates between leaders of politics and the global economy, which focus on the new uncertainties caused by the omicron variant and the possible scenarios for the pandemic. Geneva.- The International Labor Organization (ILO) publishes its report on the social and employment prospects for 2022.(audio) Brussels.- The future of fiscal rules is the new debate with which the Ministers of Economy and Finance of the euro zone (Eurogroup) begin their first meeting of the year, in which they will evaluate the process of economic recovery after the crisis caused by covid. (photo) (video) (audio) Brussels.- The European Court of Auditors (TCE) publishes a special report on the EU contribution to energy efficiency in companies. Beijing.- Chinese President Xi Jinping intervenes telematically at the World Economic Forum in Davos to, a priori, defend China’s position in favor of “multilateralism” and address global economic recovery during the pandemic. Paris.- The French president, Emmanuel Macron, receives the CEO of the American chemical company Eastman, Mark Costa, and visits the chemical platform WEurope, of the German group BASF, in Chalampé (France). Paris.- The Renault automobile group presents its commercial results for 2021. Rome.- The Italian Institute of Statistics (Istat) publishes the inflation data for December. Rio de Janeiro.- The Central Bank discloses the variation in economic activity in Brazil until November 2021. Bogotá.- The Colombian Government discloses the result of imports for November 2021. Bogotá.- The National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE ) publishes the result of Colombia’s industrial production for November 2021. Shanghai (China).- China announces its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2021. Tokyo.- The Bank of Japan (BoJ) holds its policy meeting monetary. Paris.- Delivery of the Lumières awards for French cinema, awarded by the foreign press in France and considered the equivalent of the Golden Globes in the country. EFE Int/ga/gcf

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