The truth behind the BitCoin media hype

The truth behind the BitCoin media hype

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People are very fond of making the intangible become tangible. The blockchain revolution, cryptocurrencies, and ultimately BitCoin challenge not only our centralized financial system and ledgers, but also our perception of the world – of what is real and what is not. The BitCoin, often presented as the conventional currency killer – exists only virtually. […]

Japan-EU trade deal:  an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?

Japan-EU trade deal: an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?

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A few months after CETA, the Japan- EU agreement was another giant step forward for EU trade. This latest deal was also announced by the European Commission as the “most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU”.  Japan is the second biggest car exporter behind Germany and is the third biggest car producer […]

Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission's case against Poland

Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission’s case against Poland

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Over the past two years the relationship between the Polish government under the lead of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the European Commission has been tense. Growing economic fears and nationalistic sentiments were cleverly utilized by the government to gain popularity. The first clash with the EU thus arose from the system […]

The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

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What would you think of if I asked you about soil? Most people spend time avoiding it, washing it off our cars, dogs and shoes. Most people would call soil ‘dirt’ and would usually consider it a major inconvenience. But what would you say if I told you that this dirt that we fastidiously spend […]

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

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Europe is getting old. Ageing population is a luxury good hardly any country can afford. It has been one of the main policy challenges in the Union. Increasing old-age dependency ratio will widen the pension gap and make current pension systems unsustainable. Over the past decades, politicians have been in a rambling quest to close […]

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?

Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?

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The Norwegian government are in the midst of deploying a strategy, aimed at identifying measures to promote technology development and reduce the cost of CCS. Whilst it seems that Norway is taking the reins in attempting to deploy large-scale CCS, it was not the only North Sea state with such ideas. The billion pound CCS […]

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The truth behind the BitCoin media hype

The truth behind the BitCoin media hype
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People are very fond of making the intangible become tangible. The blockchain revolution, cryptocurrencies, and ultimately BitCoin challenge not only our centralized financial system and ledgers, but also our perception of the world – of what is real and what is not. The BitCoin, often presented as the conventional currency killer – exists only virtually. […]

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Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?

Does faster legislation come at the cost of transparency?
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Just fifteen years ago two-thirds of EU laws were negotiated over a period of two-three years. In the current European Parliament’s (EP) term, most texts are the result of so-called “1st reading agreements”, allowing the Parliament and Council to approve a text at the earliest stage of the procedure. A considerable improvement on the efficiency’s […]

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Japan-EU trade deal: an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?

Japan-EU trade deal:  an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?
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A few months after CETA, the Japan- EU agreement was another giant step forward for EU trade. This latest deal was also announced by the European Commission as the “most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU”.  Japan is the second biggest car exporter behind Germany and is the third biggest car producer […]

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Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission’s case against Poland

Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission's case against Poland
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Over the past two years the relationship between the Polish government under the lead of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the European Commission has been tense. Growing economic fears and nationalistic sentiments were cleverly utilized by the government to gain popularity. The first clash with the EU thus arose from the system […]

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The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet
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What would you think of if I asked you about soil? Most people spend time avoiding it, washing it off our cars, dogs and shoes. Most people would call soil ‘dirt’ and would usually consider it a major inconvenience. But what would you say if I told you that this dirt that we fastidiously spend […]

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Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap
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Europe is getting old. Ageing population is a luxury good hardly any country can afford. It has been one of the main policy challenges in the Union. Increasing old-age dependency ratio will widen the pension gap and make current pension systems unsustainable. Over the past decades, politicians have been in a rambling quest to close […]

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Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

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Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?

Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?
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The Norwegian government are in the midst of deploying a strategy, aimed at identifying measures to promote technology development and reduce the cost of CCS. Whilst it seems that Norway is taking the reins in attempting to deploy large-scale CCS, it was not the only North Sea state with such ideas. The billion pound CCS […]

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Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way

Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way
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The EU single market is an “upgraded” economic free trade territory created in 1957 during the Treaty of Rome. This means it allows “the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to freedom of movement for goods, persons, services and capital”. In addition, not only does it get rid of tariff barriers like most free […]

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“Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?

“Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?
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Forest areas and vegetation, in general, are natural carbon sinks, as plants absorb CO2 as part of the photosynthesis. In this process, forests are estimated to absorb more than 10 percent of the European Union’s emissions – according to with the European Commission – and around 30 percent of global carbon emissions following NASA’s latest estimations. […]

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ISDS: a new dispute to settle?

ISDS: a new dispute to settle?
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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are provisions included in most international investment agreements, since the late 1950s. As the name suggests, the role of the ISDS is to act as a “referee” or arbitrator in the event of a dispute between an investor and a state. These generally occur when a foreign investor feels […]

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Brexit: a matter of identity politics?

Brexit: a matter of identity politics?
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Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union over a year ago, the future of the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has been on top of Brexit negotiators’ agenda. The current setup of the Irish border has come in the form of an Agreement between Northern Ireland and […]

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