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Human Rights: None of your business?

Human Rights: None of your business?
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The second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights just took place from 24-28 October 2016. The mandate established in the resolution 26/9  of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in 2014 is to elaborate a legally binding instrument to regulate […]

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On the way to Trade Justice in the EU?

On the way to Trade Justice in the EU?
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The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) – a global network of organizations representing the fair trade supply chain suggests the implementation of 10 essential principles to achieve these objectives which would consequently also support the reduction of worldwide poverty through better trading conditions. Free trade has been for too long inconsiderate towards equity and justice […]

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DiEM25 – The change you want to see?

DiEM25 - The change you want to see?
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Author: Gianna Merki Democracy in Europe Movement (DiEM25) was launched on February 9, 2016 in Berlin by Yanis Varoufakis and counts with the support of Noam Chomsky, Julian Assange, Srećko Horvat, Slavoj Žižek, Brian Eno among many others. The motto “the EU will be democratized or it will disintegrate” highlights the striving for what it […]

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The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?

The devil is in the detail: Trade secrets protection vs accountability?
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Author: Gianna Merki On the 28 of January 2016 the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament (JURI) adopted a draft version of the so known Trade Secret Directive which is scheduled to be debated in the EU Parliament in April 2016. The document is aimed at harmonizing EU members’ states laws on misappropriation of […]

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Disintegration of EU values? – ISDS clauses in TTIP

Disintegration of EU values? -  ISDS clauses in TTIP
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Author: Gianna Merki The presence of the classic ISDS in the TTIP agreement is a threat to core EU values such as democracy, rule of law, transparency, justice and social responsibility. ISDS is a mechanism previewed in several international investment agreements and its inclusion in TTIP is currently under discussion. It provides investors (ex: transnational […]

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Turkey: Who’s the enemy?

Turkey: Who’s the enemy?
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Author: Gianna Merki There are two main reasons why the EU should take a stronger stance on this situation and encourage Turkey to resolve its internal issues by reconsidering its relations with the Kurdish minority and even with the PKK. Firstly, as a candidate for joining the EU, it needs to achieve stability and be […]

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Kosovo: Moving forward with the integration of Serbs?

Kosovo: Moving forward with the integration of Serbs?
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Author: Gianna Merki Pristina has witnessed in recent months several protests of the main opposition party in Kosovo – Vetëvendosje (Self-determination) against the Brussels Agreement, especially its part on the Association of Municipalities with Serb majority. Within the scope of normalization of relations both parties signed this agreement in 2013 and the guidelines regarding the […]

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Kosovo in UNESCO?

Kosovo in UNESCO?
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Author: Gianna Merki It is worth considering Kosovo’s membership in UNESCO as a mean of taking responsibility for protection of cultural heritage within its territory. The membership should however not be assessed through the question of its sovereignty but rather as joining an Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation. Whilst being a member of the UN […]

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