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The US-Canada Summit in Toronto this week hosted by Eurasia Group and BMO included politicians and business and thought leaders from both countries. Here’s what some of them had to say on key issues:

US Sen. Chris Coons on the border: “These days the largest population crossing the northern border are Indian … One of the things we believe is that a substantial share of those are occurring through fraud. People have fraudulent papers That is something that Canada and the United States and our border agencies can work together on.”

David Axelrod on the next election: “The danger for Trump’s campaign is not the campaign or the message, it’s Trump himself.”

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David Pike for Eurasia Group

Bye-bye globalization, hello regional blocs. That was the big takeaway from speakers at the US-Canada Summit in Toronto this week hosted by Eurasia Group (our parent company) and BMO. Their message: The best of neighbors need to be the best of friends, on everything from energy, to critical minerals, to food, to defense – and to do otherwise is to court disaster.

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Ian Bremmer addresses the audience at the second annual US-Canada Summit in Toronto on June 11, 2024.

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Toronto was the place to be this Tuesday for the second annual US-Canada Summit, co-hosted by Eurasia Group and BMO. The event featured a cross-border who’s who of speakers, including former Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson, Under Secretary for Policy at the US Department of Homeland Security Robert Silvers, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Canadian political heavyweights included the premiers of Ontario and Saskatchewan, Doug Ford and Scott Moe, as well as federal cabinet ministers Mélanie Joly and Anita Anand. UN Climate Envoy and former governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney gave the closing keynote, and both the US and Canadian Ambassadors, David Cohen and Kirsten Hillman, shared the stage. A full list of speakers can be viewedhere.

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President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron receive President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at Elysee Palace. Featuring: Brigitte Macron, President Emmanuel Macron, President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Where: Paris, France When: 08 Jun 2024

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French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden solidified their respective support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia during Biden’s state visit to Paris on Saturday. The leaders released a joint "roadmap"that includes the use of frozen Russian assets to help fund Kyiv’s fight,despite resistance from some allied nations.

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French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party leader Marine Le Pen and party President Jordan Bardella address militants listens after French President announced he is calling for new general elections on June 30, during an evening gathering on the final day of the European Parliament election, at the Pavillon Chesnaie du Roy in Paris, on June 9, 2024.

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Europe took a hard right turn in European Parliament elections this weekend, dealing a substantial blow to key EU leaders German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron, prompting the latter to call early elections.

In France, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party surged to 31.5% support – more than twice as much as Macron’s Renaissance coalition, with 14.5%. Close behind are the Socialists and their lead candidate Raphaël Glucksmann with 14%.

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Nuclear-capable missiles are displayed during a massive parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing October 1, 2009.


National Security Council arms control official Pranay Vaddiraised a lot of eyebrows recently by saying the US may need to expand its nuclear arsenal. Citing the expansion and diversification of nuclear arsenals by Russia, China, and North Korea, Vaddi toldthe annual meeting of the Arms Control Association that "more nuclear weapons are required to deter our adversaries.”

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FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a Blue and White party election campaign banner depicting its leader, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the March 23 ballot, in Tel Aviv, Israel March 14, 2021.

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In a daytime raid on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza on Saturday, Israeli special forces rescued four hostages abducted by Hamas at the Nova Music Festival on Oct. 7. The group included Noa Argamani, 26, one of the most widely recognized hostages, whose mother Liora is suffering from late-stage brain cancer.

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People attend a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government and to call for the release of hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, June 1, 2024.

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Israel is reportedly expected to accept US President Joe Biden’s proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas. The three-phase plan includes a six-week stop to combat, hostage releases in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, and, in an eventual third chapter, a permanent cessation of hostilities and reconstruction. Ophir Falk, chief foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said of the deal that “it’s not a good deal, but we dearly want the hostages released, all of them.”

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