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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations

Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations

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Prompted by rampant growth rates, the industry of Islamic finance is increasingly drawing the attention of investors, regulators and scholars. The peculiarity of Islamic financial activities is the compliance with Sharia, the Islamic law. According to Sharia’s precepts, generating revenues from money is prohibited and interest-paying arrangements are considered “riba” (aka usury). Therefore, Islamic financial […]

Childhood is not a crime

Childhood is not a crime

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Recently public indignation at the government policy related to the separation of migrant families in the United States has finally produced a result. President Trump signed an executive order June 20th declaring the continuation of such a policy is unacceptable. It would seem that this is the end of another scandalous and disturbing news cycle […]

Green must be the new black

Green must be the new black

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Through the Belt and Road Initiative China aims to build highways, railroads, ports, power plants linking the country with Eurasian neighbours, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. The negative impacts on the environment will be undeniable not only as the projects are carried out and the infrastructures built. Creating new capacity and developing the present one […]

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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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Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations

Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations
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Prompted by rampant growth rates, the industry of Islamic finance is increasingly drawing the attention of investors, regulators and scholars. The peculiarity of Islamic financial activities is the compliance with Sharia, the Islamic law. According to Sharia’s precepts, generating revenues from money is prohibited and interest-paying arrangements are considered “riba” (aka usury). Therefore, Islamic financial […]

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Childhood is not a crime

Childhood is not a crime
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Recently public indignation at the government policy related to the separation of migrant families in the United States has finally produced a result. President Trump signed an executive order June 20th declaring the continuation of such a policy is unacceptable. It would seem that this is the end of another scandalous and disturbing news cycle […]

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Green must be the new black

Green must be the new black
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Through the Belt and Road Initiative China aims to build highways, railroads, ports, power plants linking the country with Eurasian neighbours, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. The negative impacts on the environment will be undeniable not only as the projects are carried out and the infrastructures built. Creating new capacity and developing the present one […]

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The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values

The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values
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The EPP is being plagued by Eurosceptic populist-right sentiments among national parties that fall within its ranks. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s anti-immigration rhetoric and simultaneous crackdown on civil society are not exactly in line with the party’s values, or liberal democracy in general. But rightfully, the EPP has not broken ties with Orbán or […]

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The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress

The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress
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This means that every individual, company or organisation that processes personal data from European citizens now has to comply to the same set of newly upscaled rules regarding the gathering, storage, and protection of user data. The regulation replaces an old directive dating back to 1995 and arguably could not come at a more significant […]

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Chlorine chicken on British plates?

Chlorine chicken on British plates?
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Back when I was living in Vietnam, I bought and cooked a pale looking chicken, which left large rashes over my hands. I never got to know what exactly caused this reaction, but this experience reinforced my cautiousness regarding transformed foodstuff and my aversion for chlorine chicken. This feeling is shared by many across Europe, […]

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Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February

Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February
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Arctic temperatures are rising and polar ice is melting, but starved polar bears aren’t the only implication. Oil and gas fields, metals and minerals, new trade routes, fisheries: the world’s northernmost region is home to a pool of resources that are just opening up to exploitation. But at what cost? A not-so-frozen world The Arctic […]

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Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?

Poland and the rule of law: financial sticks, political carrots?
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These include human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Where the Commission was seriously concerned, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed that the judicial reforms that were so heavily criticized in fact were “deeply needed”. Initially, Warsaw did not seem willing to make concessions and the probability of […]

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