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AstraZeneca vaccine politics may further damage Europe's economy

Ian Bremmer shares his perspective on the latest news in global politics on World In :60 - that is, :180.


First. What is going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine?

Well, around Europe, we have all of these countries that have suspended giving out AstraZeneca vaccines, because there have been some side effects of people that are taking it. Blood clots, a tiny number of folks, actually fewer side effects for AstraZeneca than we've seen for Pfizer, but it's become this big political show. After a few countries start shutting it down, others do because they can't be left by themselves. I just talked to a major senior official from one country saying, "Yeah, we were under pressure. We want to keep it going." World Health Organization said it's fine. AstraZeneca itself who has done the trials, say it's fine. And this is slowing down an already very slow vaccine rollout in Europe. They were doing a lot of things reasonably well in terms of dealing with the pandemic, but absolutely not this. They're a couple of months behind the United States right now in terms of getting to herd immunity. This is going to slow them down. It's going to hurt their economic growth this year. Okay.

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Trump's chances of proving election interference are over

Jon Lieber, who leads Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, offers insights on US politics:

Is Trump out of options now that William Barr said the DOJ found no election interference?

Trump's problem isn't William Barr not finding election interference, it's that he lost the election and he lost it by millions of votes, and he lost it in the most important key states by tens of thousands of votes. Now, this was a very close election. The three closest states, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Arizona, Trump only lost by 44,000 votes so far, and if he'd ended up winning those three, we'd have an Electoral College tie. But the election was not close enough that Trump's strategy of trying to kick this to the courts and then getting it to go all the way to the Congress, with an alternate slate of electors, it just wasn't possible. Had the election been a little closer, he might've had a shot. But as it is, his chances are over. Joe Biden's going to be inaugurated on January 20th.

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Has Jared Kushner Turned his Back on the Palestinians?

As the White House announces a historic deal between Israel and the UAE, Ian Bremmer talks to the chief architect of the Middle East strategy for President Trump—his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In the conversation, Bremmer challenges Kushner's assertion that the US is trying to give the Palestinians a fair offer and asks if Arab nations have walked away from the Israel/Palestine conflict. As in January, Kushner continues to insist that Palestine has a "fair" and "great" offer for peace, saying: "this deal may be the last opportunity [the Palestinians will] ever have."

Watch the episode: Jared Kushner on Middle East peace & pandemic in the US

Would President Trump make a new deal with Iran? Kushner on the Middle East

In light of the historic announcement between Israel and the UAE, Ian Bremmer asks President Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner what it means for US relations with Iran moving forward. Kushner describes Iran as "significantly weakened" under Trump's policies, and suggests the administration is waiting to "make the right deal" with the Gulf nation.

Watch the episode: Jared Kushner on Middle East peace & pandemic in the US

US-China relations per Jared Kushner: US vs China's aggression, to COVID "setback"

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to President Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner about a range of foreign policy issues including U.S.-China relations. Kushner describes the relationship with China as being in "uncharted waters" since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and says of trade negotiations prior to the pandemic, "For the first time (China) didn't have a sucker in the White House."

Israel & UAE normalize relations: is Middle East peace to come?

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer examines the recent diplomatic breakthrough in the Middle East as the UAE becomes only the third Arab nation to normalize relations with Israel. The deal comes at a moment when both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump are both politically vulnerable following widespread criticism of mishandling of COVID-19 pandemic response. The man in the middle of both stories is a right hand to President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kushner defends Trump Administration on COVID, says US is “somewhere in the middle” of pandemic

Watch: In an August 2020 interview for GZERO World, and with 180,000 known coronavirus deaths in the US, Jared Kushner defends the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, though he admits there is still much work to be done before the nation reaches the end of this challenge.

Podcast: Jared Kushner on Middle East peace & pandemic in the US

Listen as President Trump's top advisor—and son-in-law—Jared Kushner joins the GZERO World Podcast for an in-depth conversation with Ian Bremmer.

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