Chlorine chicken on British plates?

Chlorine chicken on British plates?

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Back when I was living in Vietnam, I bought and cooked a pale looking chicken, which left large rashes over my hands. I never got to know what exactly caused this reaction, but this experience reinforced my cautiousness regarding transformed foodstuff and my aversion for chlorine chicken. This feeling is shared by many across Europe, […]

Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February

Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February

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Arctic temperatures are rising and polar ice is melting, but starved polar bears aren’t the only implication. Oil and gas fields, metals and minerals, new trade routes, fisheries: the world’s northernmost region is home to a pool of resources that are just opening up to exploitation. But at what cost? A not-so-frozen world The Arctic […]

Policy Research Internship

Policy Research Internship

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Politheor is accepting applications for interns who will be supporting the op-ed team over the course of four months. The internships are online-based, with both training and mentorship offered online.  Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts to help enhance the quality of European public policy discussions. Its goal is to promote […]

Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?

Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?

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The European Union is both one of the world’s largest traders and a strong contributor in the fight against climate change. It currently has over 40 trade agreements implemented and several others underway, which equals to many more threats to the environment. To effectively conciliate its two desired positions, it has to make progress towards […]

The CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?

The CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?

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The European Single Market is based on four fundamental pillars: the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. Despite the formal freedom, capital does not flow across national borders with the same ease of the other items. In fact, when compared to US or Japan, European financial markets rely intensively on traditional bank-based intermediation […]

A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill

A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill

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This law was designed to implement the government’s “copy-pasting strategy”: using the text of current EU agreements to sign new trade deals – for instance using the content of CETA to create a UK-Canada agreement. The goal of the government is to accelerate the negotiation process in order to have a maximum of trade agreements […]

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

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The production of fossil fuels is still considered of strategic interest in Italy. As of the end of 2015, 114 exploration and 202 exploitation licenses were in force on national territory. Such activities pose a huge threat to the preservation of the environment and the health of local communities. The recently uncovered Val d’Agri affaire […]

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The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet
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What would you think of if I asked you about soil? Most people spend time avoiding it, washing it off our cars, dogs and shoes. Most people would call soil ‘dirt’ and would usually consider it a major inconvenience. But what would you say if I told you that this dirt that we fastidiously spend […]

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Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap

Pan-European pension schemes – a way to close the pension gap
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Europe is getting old. Ageing population is a luxury good hardly any country can afford. It has been one of the main policy challenges in the Union. Increasing old-age dependency ratio will widen the pension gap and make current pension systems unsustainable. Over the past decades, politicians have been in a rambling quest to close […]

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Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep

Why the Commission President is wrong to go wide but not deep
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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, delivered his third “State of the Union” address to the European Parliament on September 13th. This is an opportunity for the Commission’s President to take inventory of the past year’s accomplishments and outline the policy agenda for the year ahead. With the Eurozone finally bouncing back, and […]

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Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?

Carbon Capture and Storage – another British blunder?
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The Norwegian government are in the midst of deploying a strategy, aimed at identifying measures to promote technology development and reduce the cost of CCS. Whilst it seems that Norway is taking the reins in attempting to deploy large-scale CCS, it was not the only North Sea state with such ideas. The billion pound CCS […]

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Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way

Brexit and the single market: Norway or No way
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The EU single market is an “upgraded” economic free trade territory created in 1957 during the Treaty of Rome. This means it allows “the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to freedom of movement for goods, persons, services and capital”. In addition, not only does it get rid of tariff barriers like most free […]

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“Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?

“Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?
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Forest areas and vegetation, in general, are natural carbon sinks, as plants absorb CO2 as part of the photosynthesis. In this process, forests are estimated to absorb more than 10 percent of the European Union’s emissions – according to with the European Commission – and around 30 percent of global carbon emissions following NASA’s latest estimations. […]

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ISDS: a new dispute to settle?

ISDS: a new dispute to settle?
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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms are provisions included in most international investment agreements, since the late 1950s. As the name suggests, the role of the ISDS is to act as a “referee” or arbitrator in the event of a dispute between an investor and a state. These generally occur when a foreign investor feels […]

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Brexit: a matter of identity politics?

Brexit: a matter of identity politics?
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Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union over a year ago, the future of the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has been on top of Brexit negotiators’ agenda. The current setup of the Irish border has come in the form of an Agreement between Northern Ireland and […]

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NATO is obsolete, how European defence will extinct the Atlantic dinosaur

NATO is obsolete, how European defence will extinct the Atlantic dinosaur
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Meanwhile, Montenegro –  a country well advanced into EU’s accession talks –  recently achieved full NATO membership. A move that completed the organisation’s necklace around the Adriatic shores and which unleashed the wrath of Moscow. With ever diverging strategic interests and some EU members still reluctant to make the leap of faith into NATO membership, […]

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The hunger for organic is growing – but how best to feed it?

The hunger for organic is growing – but how best to feed it?
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After three years of intense negotiation, the European Commission has finally reached a preliminary decision on the reformation of organic legislation. In effect from July 2020, this overhaul of existing organic legislation is an attempt to harmonise and promote sustainable development of organic production in the EU, whilst also improving customer confidence by introducing more […]

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Ireland Continues to limp towards its Climate Commitments – Unwilling or Unable to Comply?

Ireland Continues to limp towards its Climate Commitments – Unwilling or Unable to Comply?
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Ireland has a low population density and an abundance of good land and marine territory available for renewable energy potential meaning that in terms of pure technical capacity it could be a climate leader, yet it has rightfully earned the reputation as a climate laggard. More than 90% of Ireland’s energy is from fossil fuels, […]

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Walking the talk: Going national to make the SDGs beneficial for Indigenous Peoples

Walking the talk: Going national to make the SDGs beneficial for Indigenous Peoples
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The 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) last month has drawn great attention to the more than 370 million indigenous people, occupying 22 percent of the global land area. Many of them are among the poorest of the poor, and suffer from discrimination and inequalities. Therefore, indigenous peoples are […]

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