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Not all that is trade glitters

Not all that is trade glitters
Alessandro Gangarossa

Alessandro Gangarossa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MSc double degree in Economics and International Relationsfrom University of Lugano (Switzerland) and Catholic University of Milan . During my master I could deepen my interest and specialize in EU law and policy, especially regarding EU Trade Law and trade defence policy, which was the topic of my final dissertation. This interest brought me to intern at the Commercial Office of the Consulate General of Egypt in Milan. Other than trade I am interested in national and international politics, as well as the EU political development.
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Indonesia and EU have strong economic ties, which could be bolstered further through a trade agreement. While the EU is a major importer of Indonesian raw materials, Indonesia has been seen as an important recipient for foreign direct investments and a key market for procurement and services. The FTA under negotiation represents a capstone for […]

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The future of press freedom depends on basic income

The future of press freedom depends on basic income
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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Because digitalisation is profoundly changing the relationship between reader and text, traditional publishers are faced with the challenge of rethinking their organisation and self-image. The Austrian quality paper I‘m writing for, Der Standard, is no exception. One way the publishing house is adapting and responding to change is by using readers as authors on basis […]

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Outsourcing EU migration management to North Africa is a threat to human rights

Outsourcing EU migration management to North Africa is a threat to human rights
Jessica Tervo

Jessica Tervo

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Jessica Tervo holds a BA in Political Science from The University of Tampere, Finland with a focus on European Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a MA in Political Theory from Pompeu Fabra University, with a focus on democracy, nationalism and multiculturalism. Her research interests include democracy, human rights, border security and forced migration. She is currently based in Barcelona.
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The EU officials agreed on creating controlled migration centres in North Africa where refugee claims would be processed before migrants could enter Europe. Only those eligible for refugee status would be allowed to go to Europe while others would be returned to their home countries. While the official argument is that the number of deaths […]

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EU VAT reform, hit or miss

EU VAT reform, hit or miss
Sevil Aliyeva

Sevil Aliyeva

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Sevil Aliyeva is a Master’s student in International Tax Law and EU Tax Law at Uppsala University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights at Oslo University. Sevil was selected as a youth delegate of Azerbaijan at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe. Moreover, as a national coordinator she led the Legal Research Group on Freedom of Expression –Protection of Journalistic Sources in Azerbaijan, which was the joint project of Council of Europe and European Law Students' Association.
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The major reason showing urgent need for an extensive VAT reform was the European Commission Study which revealed that EU Member States lost € 152 billions in VAT revenues during 2015. Around € 50 billion of the VAT gap is estimated to be due to cross-border VAT fraud, which is believed to finance criminal organisations […]

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Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations

Islamic finance: zero interest, high expectations
Michele Federle

Michele Federle

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Michele Federle holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Italy and is currently enrolled in the Master's degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po Paris, France. He is also a student at the Scuola di Politiche, the public policy school founded by former Italian PM Enrico Letta. His research interests encompass global financial governance, European integration and international trade.
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Prompted by rampant growth rates, the industry of Islamic finance is increasingly drawing the attention of investors, regulators and scholars. The peculiarity of Islamic financial activities is the compliance with Sharia, the Islamic law. According to Sharia’s precepts, generating revenues from money is prohibited and interest-paying arrangements are considered “riba” (aka usury). Therefore, Islamic financial […]

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Childhood is not a crime

Childhood is not a crime
Polina Vershinina

Polina Vershinina

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Polina Vershinina has a BA in International Relations at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Currently she is a MA student in Political Science in Central European University, Hungary. She specializes in global political dialogue and institutional development. Her research focuses on the EU, more specifically on Central Europe, migration policy, civil society and NGOs. She is a strong supporter of a cross-disciplinary approach in international relations research.
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Recently public indignation at the government policy related to the separation of migrant families in the United States has finally produced a result. President Trump signed an executive order June 20th declaring the continuation of such a policy is unacceptable. It would seem that this is the end of another scandalous and disturbing news cycle […]

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Green must be the new black

Green must be the new black
Alessandro Gangarossa

Alessandro Gangarossa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MSc double degree in Economics and International Relationsfrom University of Lugano (Switzerland) and Catholic University of Milan . During my master I could deepen my interest and specialize in EU law and policy, especially regarding EU Trade Law and trade defence policy, which was the topic of my final dissertation. This interest brought me to intern at the Commercial Office of the Consulate General of Egypt in Milan. Other than trade I am interested in national and international politics, as well as the EU political development.
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Through the Belt and Road Initiative China aims to build highways, railroads, ports, power plants linking the country with Eurasian neighbours, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. The negative impacts on the environment will be undeniable not only as the projects are carried out and the infrastructures built. Creating new capacity and developing the present one […]

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The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values

The EPP vs. populism: the battle for EU values
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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The EPP is being plagued by Eurosceptic populist-right sentiments among national parties that fall within its ranks. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s anti-immigration rhetoric and simultaneous crackdown on civil society are not exactly in line with the party’s values, or liberal democracy in general. But rightfully, the EPP has not broken ties with Orbán or […]

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The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress

The GDPR: cybersecurity, anti-fraud, and why it is a work in progress
Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin Kappelhof

Robbin is currently finishing her BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, by writing her thesis on the position of Poland and Hungary regarding the current EU migration crisis. She spent an Erasmus semester in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has developed interests in European and international affairs, development, human rights and the normative power of the European Union. She also works as a Development Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam.
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This means that every individual, company or organisation that processes personal data from European citizens now has to comply to the same set of newly upscaled rules regarding the gathering, storage, and protection of user data. The regulation replaces an old directive dating back to 1995 and arguably could not come at a more significant […]

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Chlorine chicken on British plates?

Chlorine chicken on British plates?
Igor Sarkissian

Igor Sarkissian

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Sarkissian holds an M.A. in Advanced European and International Studies from Sciences Po Lille. Focusing mainly on European affairs and the EU, he worked as an intern for the economic and trade section of the EU delegation to Vietnam. His areas of interests include the economic, foreign and trade policy of the EU, the decision-making process of the European institutions and the relations between Europe and Asia.
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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, […]

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