Hard Numbers

56,200: The migrant wave reaching Europe is crashing onto new shores in Spain. The UNHCR estimates that Spain has taken in 56,200 migrants arriving by sea so far this year, more than any other country in the EU. That could boost a newly-created far-right party, Vox, which faces its first electoral test in local elections in the Southern region of Andalusia this Sunday.


38: The global suicide rate has fallen by 38 percent since peaking in 1994, according to The Economist. That means some 4 million lives were saved (for comparison: a million people have died in armed conflict during the same period). But that positive news masks a more worrisome picture in the US, where the suicide rate has jumped 18 percent since 2000.

11.2: Today, Saudi Arabia is extracting a historic high of 11.2 million barrels of crude per day. The Saudi crude surge – cheered byUS President Donald Trump – has contributed to a recent drop in global oil prices.

3.2: As a result of US-China trade tensions, the average tariff on US imports has risen to around 3.2 percent today. While that's an increase of about 1.8 percentage points from last year, it's roughly on par with levels seen in the early 1990s, before President Bill Clinton lowered them. It's still a far cry from the 1930s, when the average US tariff was a whopping 20 percent.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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