Daily Memo: Turkey Left Out of Mediterranean Summit, Huawei Announces New OS

The summit includes seven Mediterranean nations and focuses on the EU approach to Turkey.

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Mediterranean talks. France is hosting the EuroMed 7 summit (which some have dubbed “Club Med”) beginning on Thursday, which this year will focus on rising tensions in the Mediterranean. Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus are attending the summit, held on the island of Corsica, but Turkey, of course, did not get an invitation. The goal of the meeting is to build a consensus around the European Union’s relationship with Turkey ahead of an EU summit set for Sept. 24-25. France has made it clear that it would consider imposing punitive measures, including sanctions, on Turkey if it doesn’t change its behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greece has pressured the EU to apply “severe” economic sanctions against Ankara that would be lifted only on the condition that Turkey moves its drilling and military vessels out of Cypriot waters. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his support for Greece after a series of fires gutted refugee camps on the island of Lesbos. Huawei goes it alone. Chinese telecom giant Huawei announced Thursday that its smartphones will run on its own operating system, HarmonyOS, beginning next year. This is in response to U.S. sanctions blocking sales of U.S. intellectual property to […]

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