Deepnews Double Feature: Euro 2020 & Biden in Europe #123

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Deepnews Digest #123

Deepnews Double Feature: Euro 2020 & Biden in Europe

Editor: Christopher Brennan
After countries have long being isolated, this week the international arena kicks off again face-to-face, from football to global finance. The G7 is meeting in Cornwall, the first in a sprint of summits for Joe Biden as he heads to Europe for the first time as president. The world is watching for movement on issues like vaccine access and global tax deals, though many eyes will be drawn elsewhere, to the countries jostling for glory on the pitch. This week’s Digest used our technology to pull in articles on Euro 2020 (actually in 2021) as well as the G7, US-EU and NATO summits.

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The Times (UK) ($)

How burgeoning Balkan talent rose from ashes of Yugoslavia

They are, in the popular imagination, the finest national team not to have won a European championship. They were the Yugoslavia of the early 1990s, a so-called golden generation, a mosaic of Balkan brilliance whose bad luck, so the story is still retold in parts of Belgrade, was to have been prevented from dazzling their way through the 1992 tournament because politics could not leave sport to do its own thing.

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The Telegraph (UK) ($)

Jorginho exclusive interview: ‘I had bad days at Chelsea – but I never doubted myself’

The Italian midfielder opens up about his difficult journey to becoming a professional footballer and what playing for Italy means

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The Athletic

Nike v Adidas – the Euro 2020 battle of the brands

After Pennsylvania’s biggest pension plan botched a crucial financial calculation, the FBI launched an investigation, the fund’s board began its own probe, and 100,000 public school employees suddenly faced paying more into the retirement system.

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Editor’s Note:

Euro 2020 spectators will be watching the players, but at the same time, they will be seeing the logos of their sponsors. Here our algorithm highlighted one from Matt Slater looking at the other competition going on. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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The Guardian

Lucas Hernandez: instant world champion was Spain’s loss and France’s gain

Although born in Marseille the Bayern Munich defender was raised in Spain and felt ‘more Spanish than French’ before a decisive day back in 2018

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GQ

BBC vs ITV: Whose coverage of Euro 2020 should you watch?

With our two major terrestrial broadcasters showing every single game of the upcoming Euros for free (remember when watching football was free?), we’ve broken down the benefits of watching coverage on the BBC versus ITV, so you don’t have to

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NME

Why ‘Three Lions’ is still the ultimate football anthem

As we gear up for the Euros, our columnist reflects on the footie song that still brings a tear to her eye – 25 years since it originally got our hopes up

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Glasgow Times

Why Craig Brown is an underappreciated national treasure, and why he believes Scotland can go all the way

But just as the pessimism of those words from Brown are in no way a reflection of his amiable character and relentless optimism surrounding the national team, neither does the exit from France ’98 and the results therein even begin to reflect upon the experience for thousands of members of the Tartan Army.

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Atlantic Council

Can Shevchenko bring Euro 2020 glory to Ukraine?

Ukraine has been in the international spotlight during this week’s build-up to Euro 2020 thanks to a scandal over the design of the national team’s football shirt. However, once the Ukrainian squad begins its European Championship campaign against the Netherlands on Sunday, coach Andriy Shevchenko will be hoping to make headlines on the pitch.

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NY Times

A Soccer Summer’s Common Opponent: Fatigue

Instead of being the great leveller, as pandemics have been throughout history, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed and compounded pre-existing inequalities in wealth, race, gender, age, education and geographical location.

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Irish Times

(No) Danger Here – Frank McNally on how George Orwell got it badly wrong about football

George Orwell did not get many things wrong, or badly wrong anyway. Allowing for details nobody could foresee years ahead, never mind decades, his instincts about what the world needed to worry about were usually right. But his 1945 essay about the dangers of international football, “The Sporting Spirit”, has not aged well. Three-quarters of a century later, it looks like an embarrassing own goal.

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HuffPost

Joe Biden Will Not Believe PM’s ‘Abject’ Excuse For Brexit ‘Mess’, Lisa Nandy Suggests

Shadow foreign secretary tells HuffPost UK the US president will want Boris Johnson to “step up” and solve row over Northern Ireland.

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Washington Post

The summit that matters more than the G-7

As President Biden begins a tour of Europe that includes closely watched sessions with NATO and Group of Seven leaders, hardly anyone thinks about the stepchild of these international get-togethers: the European Union summits. And why not? The U.S.-E.U. meetings have often been tedious affairs, dreaded by American presidents. They typically focus not on the big geopolitical issues of the moment but on parochial trade or regulatory dust-ups. An exasperated John F. Kennedy asked after one such diplomatic tussle, “Is the Grand Alliance going to founder on chickens?”

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Sky News

G7 summit: St Ives hotel housing security staff and media forced to close after COVID outbreak

A hotel housing security staff and media for the G7 summit in Cornwall is to shut completely following an outbreak of COVID-19.

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Heritage Foundation

NATO Summit 2021: The Arctic Can No Longer Be an Afterthought

During the summit, NATO should officially acknowledge its role in the Arctic for the first time, and agree to work with allies to develop a NATO Arctic strategy.

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POLITICO

What Herbert Hoover Can Teach Joe Biden

Seventy-five years ago, an unlikely political duo teamed up to tackle a global famine. Their successes offer lessons as America gears up to help the world fight Covid-19.

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Part of the COVID era has been looking for historical analogies. Here our algorithm highlighted one from Jared Cohen, the post WW-2 recovery. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Project Syndicate

Fixing the Broken Pandemic Financing System

Among the many failures following the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, was the slow mobilization of global financing for pandemic response efforts. What is needed now is not just more investment but also a better delivery system. That’s the future critics of “vaccine passports” fear as Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely live more normal lives, now including spending time in most indoors settings without a mask.

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ABC Australia

Morrison’s foreign policy shift has been remarkable, but as the G7 Summit looms, Australia needs back-up

As Scott Morrison jets off for an actual, real-life, face-to-face gathering of world leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall, he’s completed a remarkable transformation in his foreign policy approach.

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Foreign Policy

No European Honeymoon in Biden’s First Overseas Trip

The United States wants to mend fences with NATO—and revamp the defense alliance to face new threats like China.

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Clean Energy Wire

On her way out, Merkel could set stage for Germany as even more progressive climate partner

As the global fight against climate change gains momentum with more and more countries updating their emissions targets, a green surge is washing over Germany’s national election campaign and sets the scene for the country to become a more progressive partner in the international climate space.

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Pew Research

NATO continues to be seen in a favorable light by people in member states

As leaders across Europe and North America gather next week for the 2021 NATO summit, most across the 10 member states included in a new Pew Research Center survey see the political and military alliance in a positive light. Moreover, positive views of NATO are at or near all-time highs across several member states. Opinions among Americans, who contribute the most to NATO’s annual budget, are at 61% favorable, the same as the overall median across the NATO states surveyed.

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