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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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Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens

Healing the European patient – Narrowing the gap between the EU and its citizens
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Previously, the situation was like the one of a sick patient who had to stay positive and rest in order to recover, now, with the Brexit it is like a failed surgery: instead of healing the patient, it put him into intensive care.  It is no longer enough to stay positive and wait – an […]

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A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education

A lesson for policy makers – teachers say ‘no’ to the nationalization of education
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Teachers’ protests in Oaxaca, Mexico last month left nine dead and over 100 injured after police forces opened fire on the demonstrators. The teachers were criticizing cuts in the education budget, standardized tests for the purpose of faculty evaluations, and the arrest of two teachers’ union leaders. While the government claims that these measures are […]

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How long is ‘temporary’? – The renewed extension of the State of Emergency in France

How long is ‘temporary’? - The renewed extension of the State of Emergency in France
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The rules can grant extra authority to security forces, allowing for tightened border controls, home searches without warrant, and placing individuals under house arrest. It additionally keeps the level of security high, with over 100.000 heavily armed soldiers and gendarmes on French streets and public spaces. Declaring a state of emergency is every nation’s right […]

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