Waltraud Schelkle: "Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms"

Waltraud Schelkle: “Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms”

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WS: I find it impossible to make such a statement. There are so many scenarios, that there is no basis on which one can compute the cost of keeping the Euro area together and compare it to the cost of breaking it up. Besides, there is an interest in keeping the present system: even when […]

Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law

Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law

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Thousands of Turks streamed onto the streets in front of tanks in opposition of the coup leading to more than 240 dead and thousands injured. However, Erdogan’s response to the failed putsch was described by human rights organizations as an “affront to democracy,” referring to the torture, the ill-treatment, and the crackdown on the civil […]

The world's favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices

The world’s favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices

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Let’s first reflect on the importance of coffee for the global economy. After petroleum, coffee is ranked as the world’s second most valuable traded commodity! Millions of small producers in developing countries, in the global south, rely on the consumption that mostly happens in the northern hemisphere.  Over 90% of coffee production takes place in […]

UN Summit: Time to name and shame

UN Summit: Time to name and shame

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On the 19th of September, The UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. Last July, member states agreed on a pre-summit draft declaration to be adopted in New York. The declaration reads as a long preamble that leads to nothing and it is so by design. […]

Let the next round for the lives of the bees begin

Let the next round for the lives of the bees begin

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Neonicotinoids are pesticides used among others for protection of crops against herbivorous insects. Their application can be performed in many different ways (e.g. spraying on leafs or trunk injections). However by far the most popular is the prophylactic seed coating. The idea is to have higher crop yields, although it is not always the case. […]

Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit

Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit

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I only understood why that particular part was cruel when I read the works of Hannah Arendt, a German Jewish philosopher who was a refugee herself. Following the events of WWII, Arendt showed the inseparable link between human rights and citizenship, as in reality all human rights require membership of a state to grant or […]

What use is gas if we have no water?

What use is gas if we have no water?

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Shortly, Dragon Class ships will deliver the first shipment of shale gas (fracked gas) from the USA to Grangemouth, Scotland. Alarm sirens should be sounding, for with it will likely bring fiery pressure for the Scottish Government to lift the moratorium on fracking and endanger arguably the most important resource of all; water. Fortunately, in […]

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Waltraud Schelkle: “Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms”

Waltraud Schelkle: "Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms"
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WS: I find it impossible to make such a statement. There are so many scenarios, that there is no basis on which one can compute the cost of keeping the Euro area together and compare it to the cost of breaking it up. Besides, there is an interest in keeping the present system: even when […]

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Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law

Erdogan’s purge and the rule of law
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Thousands of Turks streamed onto the streets in front of tanks in opposition of the coup leading to more than 240 dead and thousands injured. However, Erdogan’s response to the failed putsch was described by human rights organizations as an “affront to democracy,” referring to the torture, the ill-treatment, and the crackdown on the civil […]

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The world’s favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices

The world's favorite drink: The right time to change producing practices
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Let’s first reflect on the importance of coffee for the global economy. After petroleum, coffee is ranked as the world’s second most valuable traded commodity! Millions of small producers in developing countries, in the global south, rely on the consumption that mostly happens in the northern hemisphere.  Over 90% of coffee production takes place in […]

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UN Summit: Time to name and shame

UN Summit: Time to name and shame
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On the 19th of September, The UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. Last July, member states agreed on a pre-summit draft declaration to be adopted in New York. The declaration reads as a long preamble that leads to nothing and it is so by design. […]

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Let the next round for the lives of the bees begin

Let the next round for the lives of the bees begin
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Neonicotinoids are pesticides used among others for protection of crops against herbivorous insects. Their application can be performed in many different ways (e.g. spraying on leafs or trunk injections). However by far the most popular is the prophylactic seed coating. The idea is to have higher crop yields, although it is not always the case. […]

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Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit

Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit
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I only understood why that particular part was cruel when I read the works of Hannah Arendt, a German Jewish philosopher who was a refugee herself. Following the events of WWII, Arendt showed the inseparable link between human rights and citizenship, as in reality all human rights require membership of a state to grant or […]

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What use is gas if we have no water?

What use is gas if we have no water?
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Shortly, Dragon Class ships will deliver the first shipment of shale gas (fracked gas) from the USA to Grangemouth, Scotland. Alarm sirens should be sounding, for with it will likely bring fiery pressure for the Scottish Government to lift the moratorium on fracking and endanger arguably the most important resource of all; water. Fortunately, in […]

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Saving lives or shirking responsibility? – Scrutinizing “Operation Sophia”

Saving lives or shirking responsibility? – Scrutinizing “Operation Sophia”
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After gathering intelligence on human smuggler networks Operation Sophia has proceeded in October 2015 to board and seize vessels in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, suspected of being used for human smuggling. With more than 800 000 migrants waiting in Libya to reach Italy, the central Mediterranean Sea could soon become the new […]

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Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced

Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced
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The Nauru files paint a grim picture of life in the detention centre. It is marred by daily self-harm and assault. To add injury to insult, children are overrepresented in the data. This backs the findings of a 2014 report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The UN, who have been highly critical of Australia’s […]

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A Suggestion for the EU’s Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict

A Suggestion for the EU's Global Strategy and the Resolution of the Georgian/South Ossetian Conflict
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In June the EU launched its new Global Strategy, which seeks to consolidate and clarify the EU’s external actions. One of the amendments listed in the strategy is the need to approach conflicts and crises from a multi-dimensional perspective. This amendment is beneficial in for example the post-soviet space where a number of secessionist conflicts […]

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Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU

Turkish coup d’état: a failed test for the EU
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Leaving apart the hypothesis of a fake coup d’état – which in absence of evidence remains a supposition as difficult to prove as probable – the EU should have strongly condemned the coup as soon as it occurred. The Union should have denounced what has been an attempt to overthrow a legitimate government which the […]

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Uber will wipe out skills not jobs

Uber will wipe out skills not jobs
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Ride-hailing app Uber recently announced a pilot project testing the use of self-driving cars in the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The announcement was quite unexpected since the technology of automated passenger cars is not even close to hitting the markets.  There are major technological flaws to be resolved and regulators have barely begun setting up […]

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