Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force in January 2021

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was ratified on 24 October 2020 by a 50th country, Honduras, and is now expected to enter into force in January 2021. The Treaty bans the use, development, production, testing, stationing, stockpiling and threat of use of such weapons. The nuclear-armed countries are not signatories to the Treaty.

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China and Germany heading for superpower status as U.S. influence wanes, says Putin

In comments made on 23 October 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin is reported to have suggested that the role of the United States had waned, along with that of Britain and France, while Beijing and Berlin – in terms of political and economic weight – were heading for superpower status. He reportedly said that Washington could no longer lay claim to exceptionalism and questioned why it would want to.

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Revitalising the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Against the backdrop of US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Treaty, and increasing pessimism about prospects for the renewal of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 2021, this Brief identifies the stakes for the EU and outlines how it could achieve the internal consensus required to make a positive impact in the 10th NPT Review Conference (April-May 2020).

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