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Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?

Environment & trade agreements: a peaceful coexistence?
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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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 […]

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

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

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A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill

A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill
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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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 […]

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Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage
Cecilia Erba

Cecilia Erba

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Cecilia earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna with a thesis focused on environmental crimes in Europe. She then specialized on sustainable development and natural resources at SIOI (Italian Society for International Organization). She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on arctic affairs and for the Italian Ministry of the Environment on international cooperation for sustainable development. She currently works for A Sud, a non-profit association dealing with environmental conflicts, community rights, justice, sustainability and climate change.
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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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International Trade by the People, for the People

International Trade by the People, for the People
Tom Monti

Tom Monti

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Tom has just completed his MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. His thesis examined the relationship between international trade and trade union rights in India and Pakistan. Before this, Tom worked for the National Alliance of People’s Movements and the European Projects and Management Agency in Delhi and Prague respectively. During the course of his undergraduate degree, he completed a one year internship with international development consultancy firm EUROPE Ltd. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, workers’ rights and civil society. Alongside his work with Politheor, Tom is currently working for TRUST Consultancy and Development.
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For decades people around the world have joined together to struggle against neoliberal trade deals between countries. All too often these movements have rightly condemned free trade deals without offering viable alternatives fit for our 21st century, globalised world where we depend on foreign imports daily. This has led to the familiar accusations by advocates […]

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Making nature count: What can the EU do?

Making nature count: What can the EU do?
Ann-Kathrin Beck

Ann-Kathrin Beck

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Ann-Kathrin Beck is currently finishing up her graduate degree in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Previously, she has gained professional experiences with the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Ghana, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Indonesia and the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, always eager to find the connections between environmental and development policies – her two main research interests. Her master thesis focusses on the external dimension and potentials of EU forest governance.
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Even though they are crucial in tourism and recreation, food and appreciation, air and water filtration, as well as erosion and flood control, environmental products and services are barely represented in classic accounting. Ecosystems provide invaluable yet rather intangible services and contributions to national economies that classic indicators such as the GDP neglect. Therefore, they […]

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Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side

Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side
Natasha Emily Foote

Natasha Emily Foote

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Natasha holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex. She has a particular interest in issues of food production and alternative approaches to agriculture, as well as in conservation, notably the ways in which human and conservation interests conflict.
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Despite current conservation efforts, every indication points to the fact that our biodiversity and, along with it, our ecosystem services are in a dire state. Reports indicate that we have lost up to 80% of our insects in what is being called an ‘insectageddon’, and the recent state of nature report estimates that 60% of […]

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European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability

European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability
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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In recent months the long-standing idea of creating an EMF has experienced a revival, such that the Commission even set out a roadmap to establish the new institution within 2019. A well-designed EMF should be able to manage asymmetric shocks (i.e. affecting some European countries more than others) and could hence reinforce the financial stability […]

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Ending money laundering in Europe: Does the “beneficial owner register” deliver?

Ending money laundering in Europe: Does the "beneficial owner register" deliver?
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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Subsequently, under the new directive, Member States are expected to ensure that corporates and other legal entities incorporated within their territory obtain and hold adequate, accurate and current information on their beneficial owners, namely their true owners, including the details of the beneficial interests held. Such information should be held on a central register, such […]

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Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth

Sacrificing Sovereignty and Human Potential in the name of Economic Growth
Tom Monti

Tom Monti

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Tom has just completed his MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. His thesis examined the relationship between international trade and trade union rights in India and Pakistan. Before this, Tom worked for the National Alliance of People’s Movements and the European Projects and Management Agency in Delhi and Prague respectively. During the course of his undergraduate degree, he completed a one year internship with international development consultancy firm EUROPE Ltd. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, workers’ rights and civil society. Alongside his work with Politheor, Tom is currently working for TRUST Consultancy and Development.
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Since economic liberalisation policies swept through lower and middle incomes in the late 20th century, more and more Bilateral Investment Treaties have been signed with the objective of incentivising foreign investment and promoting economic growth. Influential organisations such as the IMF and World Bank as well as powerful neoliberal governments in the West called for […]

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