The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles

The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles

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At the 19th EU-China summit, set against the backdrop of US-President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the two economies and major emitters of greenhouse gases reconfirmed their commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change. With the 2015 Paris Agreement the 195 signatories commit themselves to reduce the negative impacts of climate […]

The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

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A report on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy’s (ENP) revision was published on 18 May, outlining the progress achieved since the policy’s review. Launched in 2003 as a framework to foster prosperity, stability and security in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods, the ENP could be best described as a labyrinth of opaque […]

Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?

Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?

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He added that it was important for Canada to have a cabinet that looked like the country it represented. Straightforward (isn’t it?). If the entire world is made up of approximately 50% males and 50% females, then why is it that countries all around the world are hesitant to appoint women to positions of power […]

Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?

Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?

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First of all, what is ‘personal data’? Be aware that the term does not only refer to passwords or email and social media accounts’ settings. ‘Personal Data’ refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)” being it a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to […]

Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

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It takes two to tango and boy what a show we have in store Ecosystems and biodiversity are extremely vulnerable to deteriorating climatic conditions. Such trends have significant repercussions for both society and ecosystems. Climate change can influence crop yields, alter rainfall patterns, affect the infectious disease burden, human health and increase the frequency of […]

What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?

What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?

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The warship is expected to embark on a three-month tour with stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, before joining the Malabar, an annual joint naval exercise with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean. It will be the most spectacular show of force since the World War II in the […]

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

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Rumour has it that at their much-discussed meeting in Washington, Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel an invoice, amounting to the alleged 300 billion US Dollars Germany “owed” the US for not living up to its NATO budget quota. Although both parties denied this happened, the news still sparked heated debates about NATO’s budget and its […]

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The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles

The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles
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At the 19th EU-China summit, set against the backdrop of US-President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the two economies and major emitters of greenhouse gases reconfirmed their commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change. With the 2015 Paris Agreement the 195 signatories commit themselves to reduce the negative impacts of climate […]

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The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?
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A report on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy’s (ENP) revision was published on 18 May, outlining the progress achieved since the policy’s review. Launched in 2003 as a framework to foster prosperity, stability and security in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods, the ENP could be best described as a labyrinth of opaque […]

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Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?

Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?
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He added that it was important for Canada to have a cabinet that looked like the country it represented. Straightforward (isn’t it?). If the entire world is made up of approximately 50% males and 50% females, then why is it that countries all around the world are hesitant to appoint women to positions of power […]

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Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?

Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?
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First of all, what is ‘personal data’? Be aware that the term does not only refer to passwords or email and social media accounts’ settings. ‘Personal Data’ refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)” being it a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to […]

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Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one
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It takes two to tango and boy what a show we have in store Ecosystems and biodiversity are extremely vulnerable to deteriorating climatic conditions. Such trends have significant repercussions for both society and ecosystems. Climate change can influence crop yields, alter rainfall patterns, affect the infectious disease burden, human health and increase the frequency of […]

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What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?

What drives Japan towards a more aggressive foreign policy?
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The warship is expected to embark on a three-month tour with stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, before joining the Malabar, an annual joint naval exercise with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean. It will be the most spectacular show of force since the World War II in the […]

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The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent

The flawed rhetoric around NATO’s two percent
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Rumour has it that at their much-discussed meeting in Washington, Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel an invoice, amounting to the alleged 300 billion US Dollars Germany “owed” the US for not living up to its NATO budget quota. Although both parties denied this happened, the news still sparked heated debates about NATO’s budget and its […]

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Offshoring EU Asylum: Where to draw the line in the fight against irregular migration?

Offshoring EU Asylum: Where to draw the line in the fight against irregular migration?
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Following the success of the EU-Turkey deal in drastically reducing the numbers crossing the Aegean into Greece, the attention of EU decision-makers has now turned to stemming the flow of migrants across the central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy. This is now the busiest crossing for asylum seekers entering the EU with some 180 […]

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The refugee crisis: The urgency of responsible sharing and reform

The refugee crisis: The urgency of responsible sharing and reform
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Since 1999, the European Union has been working on a Common European Asylum System by improving the legal framework aimed at the protection of asylum seekers within the European territory. Through a set of important Directives and Regulations, specific rules have been implemented by setting higher standards and stronger cooperation. Amongst these, the Dublin Regulation, […]

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When you’re a country, size matters

When you're a country, size matters
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On 26th January 2017 the Slovenian parliament passed a new Aliens Act. This was done regardless of significant opposition of the Slovenian public, letters of warning from Council of Europe and UNHCR among others, and fierce condemnation by national and international non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International. Are you wondering why this law is so special? […]

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Good practices on disability rights: no more stones on the road

Good practices on disability rights: no more stones on the road
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Moreover, poverty rates amongst people with disabilities are 70% higher than average. More than 30% of people with disabilities over 75 years old are restricted to some extent, and 20% are severely restricted. The percentage of people with disabilities is set to rise as the European Union population ages. The European Union and its Member […]

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Putting local food back into our cities

Putting local food back into our cities
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Currently, many Europeans are unaware of where their food comes from. Supply chains are lengthy and complex, oftentimes coming from far-flung destinations which makes finding the provenance of one’s food far from being a straightforward process. Sustainable local food and urban gardening are concepts which have arisen to prominence in recent years. Citizens are increasingly […]

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