Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

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The agreement signed in September stipulates the acceptance of Venezuelans who arrive to countries, like Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, without valid travel documents (such as passport or visa) since these are hard to get in Venezuela right now. Until recently, these migrants had to show up-to-date documents when travelling to other South American countries. Requesting […]

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

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Using genetic resources, whether from plants, animals or micro-organisms, refers to the process of analyzing their beneficial properties and using them to contribute to scientific knowledge or to develop new products. The rapid development of modern biotechnology has allowed us to use genetic resources that improved our understanding of the living world and led to […]

To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?

To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?

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However, reforms were long overdue. The last WTO multilateral agreements date back to 1994: theaters were screening Pulp Fiction, Brazil was winning the World Cup against Italy and Bezos had just founded Amazon. Following Trump’s repeated threats of pulling out the US from the WTO and his belittlement of the dispute settlement system, the EU […]

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

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Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than 1000 cases around the world against the fossil fuel industry and governments. While the former usually are aimed at obtaining compensation regarding companies’ pollution, the latter have somehow higher ambitions: they […]

Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill

Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill

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Many asylum seekers are traumatized by war, conflict, poor living conditions or different forms of physical exploitation. Their mental illness can deteriorate during the asylum application process once it is extremely demanding to live long periods of time being unsure about the future. Mental health care is urgently needed, especially in reception centres where life […]

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

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On April 27th, the EU agreed a total ban on neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, on the ground that they contaminate water and soil and pose a serious threat to bees and other pollinators. Italy was among the Member States that supported the measure. In February however Mr. Martina, the then Italian Minister […]

Japan is opening its door to migrants

Japan is opening its door to migrants

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In June the government announced it would create a “designated skills” visa in order to accept 500,000 new workers by 2025, specifically in agriculture, construction, hospitality, nursing and shipbuilding. That even Japan has agreed to accept migrants suggests it may be the only solution for mature economies to maintain productivity growth. In this case the […]

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Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare
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The agreement signed in September stipulates the acceptance of Venezuelans who arrive to countries, like Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, without valid travel documents (such as passport or visa) since these are hard to get in Venezuela right now. Until recently, these migrants had to show up-to-date documents when travelling to other South American countries. Requesting […]

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The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research
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Using genetic resources, whether from plants, animals or micro-organisms, refers to the process of analyzing their beneficial properties and using them to contribute to scientific knowledge or to develop new products. The rapid development of modern biotechnology has allowed us to use genetic resources that improved our understanding of the living world and led to […]

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To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?

To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?
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However, reforms were long overdue. The last WTO multilateral agreements date back to 1994: theaters were screening Pulp Fiction, Brazil was winning the World Cup against Italy and Bezos had just founded Amazon. Following Trump’s repeated threats of pulling out the US from the WTO and his belittlement of the dispute settlement system, the EU […]

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Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice
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Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than 1000 cases around the world against the fossil fuel industry and governments. While the former usually are aimed at obtaining compensation regarding companies’ pollution, the latter have somehow higher ambitions: they […]

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Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill

Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill
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Many asylum seekers are traumatized by war, conflict, poor living conditions or different forms of physical exploitation. Their mental illness can deteriorate during the asylum application process once it is extremely demanding to live long periods of time being unsure about the future. Mental health care is urgently needed, especially in reception centres where life […]

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The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities
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On April 27th, the EU agreed a total ban on neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, on the ground that they contaminate water and soil and pose a serious threat to bees and other pollinators. Italy was among the Member States that supported the measure. In February however Mr. Martina, the then Italian Minister […]

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Japan is opening its door to migrants

Japan is opening its door to migrants
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In June the government announced it would create a “designated skills” visa in order to accept 500,000 new workers by 2025, specifically in agriculture, construction, hospitality, nursing and shipbuilding. That even Japan has agreed to accept migrants suggests it may be the only solution for mature economies to maintain productivity growth. In this case the […]

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Welcome to the jungle: Trump’s plan for international trade

Welcome to the jungle: Trump's plan for international trade
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The WTO allows a better governance of international trade, albeit with noteworthy shortcomings, by reducing world’s ineradicable anarchy. Without it, the stronger, richer and more powerful Country will always get the better hand of a deal. Which is exactly what Trump is looking for. The result could be that, as a more sustainable trade is […]

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Not all that is trade glitters

Not all that is trade glitters
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Indonesia and EU have strong economic ties, which could be bolstered further through a trade agreement. While the EU is a major importer of Indonesian raw materials, Indonesia has been seen as an important recipient for foreign direct investments and a key market for procurement and services. The FTA under negotiation represents a capstone for […]

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The future of press freedom depends on basic income

The future of press freedom depends on basic income
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Because digitalisation is profoundly changing the relationship between reader and text, traditional publishers are faced with the challenge of rethinking their organisation and self-image. The Austrian quality paper I‘m writing for, Der Standard, is no exception. One way the publishing house is adapting and responding to change is by using readers as authors on basis […]

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Outsourcing EU migration management to North Africa is a threat to human rights

Outsourcing EU migration management to North Africa is a threat to human rights
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The EU officials agreed on creating controlled migration centres in North Africa where refugee claims would be processed before migrants could enter Europe. Only those eligible for refugee status would be allowed to go to Europe while others would be returned to their home countries. While the official argument is that the number of deaths […]

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EU VAT reform, hit or miss

EU VAT reform, hit or miss
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The major reason showing urgent need for an extensive VAT reform was the European Commission Study which revealed that EU Member States lost € 152 billions in VAT revenues during 2015. Around € 50 billion of the VAT gap is estimated to be due to cross-border VAT fraud, which is believed to finance criminal organisations […]

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