2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

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Now, after a year of disappointments, it does not seem very likely. Climate change is moving faster than previously predicted. The first six months of 2016 were the warmest six-month period in NASA’s modern temperature record, which dates back to 1880. The devastating effects of global temperature rise might be here sooner than we think. […]

Dubai, What’s Next?

Dubai, What’s Next?

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The City of Dubai has, in the last decade, taken on an incredible transformation thanks to great vision and leadership. For many, the question is how has it managed to do so and what’s next? Dubai has succeeded at positioning itself amongst the most attractive cities in the world for foreign investment and been dubbed […]

EU citizenship for sale!

EU citizenship for sale!

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In November 2013, the Maltese Government approved the “Individual Investor Programme (IPP)” scheme aimed at bringing cash and investments in the country. This, in itself, is nothing extraordinary. However, the issue becomes more interesting once we start looking more into the details of the scheme. The law enables investors to buy a Maltese passport and […]

To accept or not to accept?

To accept or not to accept?

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Referendums and elections are seen as one of the rare occasions in which people get to decide on a particular issue directly, without their elected representatives deciding for them. Switzerland, for example, was hailed for a long time as the country with the most direct democracy. This was seen as a good thing as it […]

Central bank independence: Time for a change?

Central bank independence: Time for a change?

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Donald Trump and Theresa May did not only shake things up politically in 2016. Regarding monetary policy, both leaders are likely to appoint politically compliant governors, silently starting to undermine central bank independence. In Europe, the latest protests against the ECB criticized this very dichotomy between an independent central bank and an allegedly democratic European […]

Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America

Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America

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The populist leaders and admirers of Putin have emerged both to the left and right of the political spectrum. Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, having all expressed their admiration or support of the ‘respected’ leader, serve as fine examples of this phenomenon on the right. Yet, Europe cannot ignore the fact that […]

Europe Grapples with Child Marriage

Europe Grapples with Child Marriage

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Denmark recently reversed its policy that prohibited child brides from living with their husbands, explaining how some girls threatened with self-harm upon separation from partners and arguing the separation could be seen as a violation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as Art. 8 of the European Convention of […]

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2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?
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Now, after a year of disappointments, it does not seem very likely. Climate change is moving faster than previously predicted. The first six months of 2016 were the warmest six-month period in NASA’s modern temperature record, which dates back to 1880. The devastating effects of global temperature rise might be here sooner than we think. […]

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Dubai, What’s Next?

Dubai, What’s Next?
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The City of Dubai has, in the last decade, taken on an incredible transformation thanks to great vision and leadership. For many, the question is how has it managed to do so and what’s next? Dubai has succeeded at positioning itself amongst the most attractive cities in the world for foreign investment and been dubbed […]

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EU citizenship for sale!

EU citizenship for sale!
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In November 2013, the Maltese Government approved the “Individual Investor Programme (IPP)” scheme aimed at bringing cash and investments in the country. This, in itself, is nothing extraordinary. However, the issue becomes more interesting once we start looking more into the details of the scheme. The law enables investors to buy a Maltese passport and […]

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To accept or not to accept?

To accept or not to accept?
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Referendums and elections are seen as one of the rare occasions in which people get to decide on a particular issue directly, without their elected representatives deciding for them. Switzerland, for example, was hailed for a long time as the country with the most direct democracy. This was seen as a good thing as it […]

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Central bank independence: Time for a change?

Central bank independence: Time for a change?
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Donald Trump and Theresa May did not only shake things up politically in 2016. Regarding monetary policy, both leaders are likely to appoint politically compliant governors, silently starting to undermine central bank independence. In Europe, the latest protests against the ECB criticized this very dichotomy between an independent central bank and an allegedly democratic European […]

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Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America

Putin’s fan club on the rise in Europe and America
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The populist leaders and admirers of Putin have emerged both to the left and right of the political spectrum. Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, having all expressed their admiration or support of the ‘respected’ leader, serve as fine examples of this phenomenon on the right. Yet, Europe cannot ignore the fact that […]

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Europe Grapples with Child Marriage

Europe Grapples with Child Marriage
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Denmark recently reversed its policy that prohibited child brides from living with their husbands, explaining how some girls threatened with self-harm upon separation from partners and arguing the separation could be seen as a violation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as Art. 8 of the European Convention of […]

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Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?

Trump and EU Defence: A blessing in disguise?
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Yet, Trump is not the only factor. The march of the EU towards a more decisive security and defence strategy had already started in June 2016 with the presentation of the EU Global Strategy. Beyond ambitions and intentions, it is unforeseeable whether the EU will be able to grasp this opportunity, because of the lack […]

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Extreme Makeover: Science Edition

Extreme Makeover: Science Edition
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Marquis de Sade quipped: “Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction”. Many a politician has taken heed of this insight, making the ability to turn ‘mistruths’ into believable facts an indispensible faculty of the politicians’ toolkit. Scientists, extoled as purveyors of truth and knowledge, have generally been spared the politician’s seedy reputation. Until now. […]

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Grey is the new Paris: How green can defeat the smog

Grey is the new Paris: How green can defeat the smog
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The month of Christmas started off rather harsh for the Parisians as the smog levels went up to an alarming rate. In order to reduce the level of pollutants in the air, the city banned half the cars from the traffic by introducing an even/odd license plate system; the plates with odd numbers can go […]

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New European border management – the human cost

New European border management - the human cost
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On October 6th, with a record approval time, the EU officially launched a new agency for the management of the external borders of its members. This was demanded to tackle not only the migration crisis, but to furthermore respond to a long-lasting political crisis concerning especially internal security. EU and Frontex officials, together with Member […]

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Afghanistan – a safe third country?

Afghanistan - a safe third country?
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Against the backdrop of the 2015 and 2016 so-called ‘refugee crisis’ we have seen the EU and several European countries adopt increasingly restrictive measures to stem the migration flows: from building fences at the border of Hungary and Serbia, to tightening of requirements for residency in Denmark, to the scrapping of passport-free travel in Denmark, […]

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