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The hidden power of open government data in the EU

The hidden power of open government data in the EU
Léa Duplan

Léa Duplan

Léa is a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Hertie School of Governance. Currently, she is on a leave of absence to expand her practical experience. Prior to her MPP studies, she did her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her main domains of interests are: Good Governance, Sustainable Development and European Affairs.
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Author: Lea Duplan Ranging from eradicating poverty to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, most of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) could use open government data (OGD) to succeed in their strives. This means that all the data collected by governments to perform their tasks could be more useful than we think if they were […]

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Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry: a labor or migration question?

Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry: a labor or migration question?
Camila Azavedo

Camila Azavedo

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Camila Azevedo is a Brazilian/Portuguese graduate with extensive international experience. Currently based in Sweden, she has also lived in Brazil, Norway, England and Jamaica. Camila holds a Master of Science degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Media and Communication Studies from Santos Catholic University, Brazil. Camila has four years of professional experience in program management support, communications, research, marketing and education. Originally a journalist, Camila is interested in the intersection of communications and development, especially concerning policy, communications, research and advocacy services. Her main research interests include agrarian and environmental issues, forced labor, inequality, corporate accountability and migration. Camila’s fieldwork-based master’s thesis deals with the question of access to land in Southern Brazil and the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), the largest peasant movement in Latin America. It has been nominated for the Hydén Award for best thesis in socioeconomic and political issues in developing countries by Lund University, Sweden.
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Author: Camila Azavedo As told by the paper, these abuses configure, in some cases, instances of human trafficking, “a form of modern slavery in the UK and Ireland […] that involves the movement of people for exploitation”. The story has generated some public outcry and the Irish government has decided to issue a number of […]

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What’s in a name? Beyond the forcibly disappeared in international jargon

What’s in a name? Beyond the forcibly disappeared in international jargon
Bert Segier

Bert Segier

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Bert R.G. Segier holds a Master degree in History and a Minor degree in Political Science. Professionally, Bert worked as a Political Adviser to a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in Brussels, as a Head of Cabinet of a Regional Government in Bruges and as a Communications Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in Stockholm. After a brief experience at the Consulate-General of Belgium in London, he took the opportunity to work for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), The Hague, initially as Consultant and currently as Projects Officer. Bert has been politically active on different levels. He focuses on international affairs, human rights and the rule of law. He enjoys history and moral philosophy. Bert is a correspondent for the Belgian-American newspaper the Gazette van Detroit and strongly supports the work of the NGO Eyes for the World. Twitter: @bgravitas; LinkedIn:
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Author: Bert Segier On 20 December 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, following the 1992 Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as a body of principles for States. The International Convention states that a ‘forced disappearance’ qualifies as a […]

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Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration

Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration
Alex Oancea

Alex Oancea

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Alex obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in Bucharest, and has recently graduated from a Master’s programme at University of Amsterdam where his main focus was EU’s external migration policy. Momentarily he is enrolled in another Master track that deals with gender studies and human rights issues. In the professional realm; he is a research assistant at Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research, being involved in a project related to medical anthropology. Moreover, since he is passionate about migration issues, he worked for a brief period of time for Romania’s General Inspectorate for Immigration (Asylum and Integration Directorate)and as a (volunteer) lecturer for ARCA - Romanian Forum of Refugees and Migrants, teaching grammar and history. He is co-author of the book ”A grain of thought”, succinctly analyzing perceptions and issues surrounding the right to vote in Romania.
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Author: Alex Oancea As you may know, the recent EU-Turkey meeting from the 29th of November regarding the ubiquitous issue of migration has sparked a great deal of controversy, both outside and within the EU itself. Justifications for the agreement are overflowing and if you are not accustomed to EU politics, it can be quite […]

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The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty

The future of EU youth policy: Democracy in puberty
Yago Bastin

Yago Bastin

Yago graduated as a political scientist with specialization in European politics. He obtained a second Master’s degree in General Economics. During his studies he was offered a spot on the board of JEF Ghent, and also had the opportunity to intern at the European Parliament, at the cabinet of MEP Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE Group. Currently he is doing an internship at the Policy and Advocacy department of the European Youth Forum. He is in charge of monitoring the work of the European institutions with a focus on youth issues.
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Author: Yago Bastin There are two reasons that can justify this strong statement in the lead. The first one is the alienation of young people from the political system. The second one is the rise of xenophobic and extremist groups all over Europe. Let me first point out how these evolutions are indeed threatening our […]

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COP21, success or failure?

COP21, success or failure?
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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Author: Mathis Hampel 2015 ends with a cracker. While you are reading these lines 25 000 delegates are trying to leave their mark at the 21st UN climate summit, the Conference of Parties (COP21) – whose outcome won’t surprise anyone. Because the heavy lifting has already been done. A text was negotiated in the years […]

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Roma, a political décor of the Commission progress reports for Macedonia

Roma, a political décor of the Commission progress reports for Macedonia
Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi

Suad Skenderi graduated Political Science, International Relations and Journalism at FON University, Macedonia and acquired his Master of Arts degree in Political Science at the Central European University - Budapest. From 2008 to 2012, he has worked as an assistant in the sector for Human Rights and Inter-ethnic relations at "Mesecina" - Gostivar. Currently he is an executive director at Romalitico, the academic medium related to Roma policy analyses. He is interested in data visualizations, infographics, advocacy, minority politics, politics of identity, representation, participation and good governance. In addition, he has contributed for the Balkanist, Bright Green, European Student Think Tank, Nationalia, Iul Pianus
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Author: Suad Skenderi According to a chart published by Romalitico, from 2006 to 2010 the frequency of the word Roma/ni was rising, the issues of Roma became more visible and national Roma NGOs believed that the EU has finally started providing help to the most undermined and vilified community in the country. The progress reports […]

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Switzerland/EU Automatic exchange of information: the beginning of an end for the Swiss banking industry?

Switzerland/EU Automatic exchange of information: the beginning of an end for the Swiss banking industry?
Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza

Meriam Benhamza holds a BA in finance and Accounting and a Master in Financial Communication from the Università Della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland. She is fascinated by various topics, but her main focus is the new financial issues arising from the Euro crisis and the role good governance plays in solving them.
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Author: Meriam Benhamza On 27 May 2015, Switzerland signed an agreement with the European Union (EU) to meet the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) global standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information. A continuation of Switzerland commitment to the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS), the newly signed agreement with the EU […]

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A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?

A third intifada: Has the EU failed to comprehend once again?
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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Author: Simon Marijsse Last October, the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) destabilized the status quo on Haram Al-Sharif by political provocations in the annexed East-Jerusalem. In response, a new generation of youngsters without political affinity to Hamas or Fatah took to the streets voicing their frustration. It is a generation that perceives itself deprived of a […]

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What does research tell us about Erasmus+?

What does research tell us about Erasmus+?
Karina Oborune

Karina Oborune

In 2012 and 2014 Karina Oborune was employed as a research assistantat University of Oxford and in 2013 and 2014-2015 as a researcher at University of Latvia and at University of Lucerne. In May 2014 she was employed at EU-Vox project and in 2012-2013worked at the headquarters of ESN as a researcher at ESNSurvey team. She has received her BA degree from the University of Latvia and participated in the Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po in France, she has received her Masters in Political Science, Economics and Law from the University of Basel in Switzerland and at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. Ms. Oborune is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Latvia, and member of EPSA, IAPSS, EUSA, UACES and BAICE.She has presented at 22 international conferences including University of Cambridge, EP Model in Strasbourg, UN Model in New York and is author of more than 11 academic publications.
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Author: Karina Oborune Erasmus+ was launched in 1987 and so far has given opportunity to more than 3 million students, who received a first–hand insight into the social, cultural and political reality of different European societies. For many of them this was a life-changing  experience, giving a true meaning of ‘Europe’ for hundreds of thousands […]

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