How can we avoid another Orlando?

How can we avoid another Orlando?

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Tears might have dried, the city and the country may be moving on after the drastic events of that fateful day on 12 June,2016 but we should never forget. For the sake of the victims we need to ensure we avoid a repeat of another Orlando. This sounds a lot easier than done. The problem […]

TTIP:  Solution looking for a problem

TTIP: Solution looking for a problem

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The agreement is currently at the stage of negotiations and its content is only available to politicians, negotiators, and big corporations, whereas the public is not allowed to read it – as if it is the matter of top secret. Clearly, one can expect that omission of the public when drafting this document would not […]

After 10000 years, it's time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!

After 10000 years, it’s time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!

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Marine ecosystem services provide different functions that directly (through human use) or indirectly (impacts on supporting and regulating services in other environments) offer a variety of economic services of value to human society. Among those are, for example, food production, water quality, coastal protection from storm, suitable habitats for commercial species, recreational opportunities, climate change […]

When wage competition outcompetes the single European market

When wage competition outcompetes the single European market

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“The same rules on remuneration, for the same work, at the same location,” Commissioner Thyssen summarized her proposal to extend mandatory remuneration rules in host countries to include posted workers. Today EU law guarantees them no more than the minimum wage. As a consequence, they might very well get less money for the exact same […]

On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration

On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration

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Everywhere around Europe voices claim that migrants coming from North Africa and the Middle East are a problem. This is true for Bulgaria too. Not only their number, but even the mere presence of migrants in Bulgaria is a challenge for the perception of what the right attitude towards the newly arrived should be. Legal […]

The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment

The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment

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Too often, young adults feel like they are being held back by unfavorable labor regulations, overly-regulated property markets and a shaky economy. The numbers do not lie either: around 20% of young workers in the European Union (EU) were unemployed in 2015. As suggested by The Economist, solutions might be found along the lines of […]

Less employment protection, more jobs?

Less employment protection, more jobs?

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The OECD Employment Outlook 2016, which was published on 7 July 2016, provides an  in-depth review of recent labor market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries. The findings of this 2016 edition on the effects of the implemented structural reforms in employment – aiming in loosening protection in order to enhance the flexibility of […]

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How can we avoid another Orlando?

How can we avoid another Orlando?
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Tears might have dried, the city and the country may be moving on after the drastic events of that fateful day on 12 June,2016 but we should never forget. For the sake of the victims we need to ensure we avoid a repeat of another Orlando. This sounds a lot easier than done. The problem […]

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TTIP: Solution looking for a problem

TTIP:  Solution looking for a problem
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The agreement is currently at the stage of negotiations and its content is only available to politicians, negotiators, and big corporations, whereas the public is not allowed to read it – as if it is the matter of top secret. Clearly, one can expect that omission of the public when drafting this document would not […]

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After 10000 years, it’s time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!

After 10000 years, it's time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!
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Marine ecosystem services provide different functions that directly (through human use) or indirectly (impacts on supporting and regulating services in other environments) offer a variety of economic services of value to human society. Among those are, for example, food production, water quality, coastal protection from storm, suitable habitats for commercial species, recreational opportunities, climate change […]

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When wage competition outcompetes the single European market

When wage competition outcompetes the single European market
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“The same rules on remuneration, for the same work, at the same location,” Commissioner Thyssen summarized her proposal to extend mandatory remuneration rules in host countries to include posted workers. Today EU law guarantees them no more than the minimum wage. As a consequence, they might very well get less money for the exact same […]

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On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration

On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration
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Everywhere around Europe voices claim that migrants coming from North Africa and the Middle East are a problem. This is true for Bulgaria too. Not only their number, but even the mere presence of migrants in Bulgaria is a challenge for the perception of what the right attitude towards the newly arrived should be. Legal […]

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The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment

The difficult dilemma between inequality and unemployment
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Too often, young adults feel like they are being held back by unfavorable labor regulations, overly-regulated property markets and a shaky economy. The numbers do not lie either: around 20% of young workers in the European Union (EU) were unemployed in 2015. As suggested by The Economist, solutions might be found along the lines of […]

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Less employment protection, more jobs?

Less employment protection, more jobs?
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The OECD Employment Outlook 2016, which was published on 7 July 2016, provides an  in-depth review of recent labor market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries. The findings of this 2016 edition on the effects of the implemented structural reforms in employment – aiming in loosening protection in order to enhance the flexibility of […]

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Pokémon GO: To regulate or not to regulate?

Pokémon GO: To regulate or not to regulate?
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Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based game in which the player aims to catch, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokémon which are superimposed on the player’s physical environment through GPS technology and device cameras. The game was released to overwhelming success, having taken over other popular apps such as Twitter, Tinder and Snap Chat […]

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Ivory trade: Back on the market?

Ivory trade: Back on the market?
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A ‘global ban on ivory trade’ has been a hot topic that has left the EU in defence mode. Why? Well, it is a misinterpretation over the EU’s opposition to moving the African Elephant to the highest legal protection under the Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). On closer inspection however, the problem […]

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It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!

It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!
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Yet, the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) still comprises thirty-eight per cent of the EU budget and is one of the pillars on which the EU has constructed itself upon. The agricultural world in general faces complex challenges. Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion people today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to […]

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The future of traffic: (de)regulation of driverless vehicles

The future of traffic: (de)regulation of driverless vehicles
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As with all new and exciting technologies, there are people who are afraid of a “Skynet” scenario, and who plead for excessive regulation. However, emotions should not rule in deciding on this matter: heavily regulating the sector is not the desired outcome we should strive for. If we are to believe Musk, the Autopilot would […]

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Goodbye Brexit dream, hello lessons learnt

Goodbye Brexit dream, hello lessons learnt
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The results of the Brexit referendum surprised many analysts, the climbing Euro-scepticism notwithstanding. After all, those campaigning to remain in the EU gave perfectly reasonable arguments to do so. The most important of which being that United Kingdom knows for sure what it can get from the EU. An exit, on the other hand, would […]

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