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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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Are we moving forward? – A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU

Are we moving forward? - A new-generation of trade agreements for the EU
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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Recent FTAs negotiated and signed by the EU have integrated provisions and chapters aimed at fulfilling new objectives. Three main new dynamics can be identified in these: 1)Innovations in the field of e-commerce, services and investments, which require new regulations 2)Pressing environmental issues, which need to be considered in trade agreements and 3) The need […]

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Basel 4 and European banks, are we safer now?

Basel 4 and European banks, are we safer now?
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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«Basel endgame», sentenced Mario Draghi on December 7th, at the presentation of the new BCBS package of rules for the banking sector. After an 8-year delay, chiefly due to the divergent interests of American and European standard-setters, a revision of Basel 3 was eventually agreed on. Basel regulators found a compromise for the adoption of […]

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Beware: Nobody wants to be lonely

Beware: Nobody wants to be lonely
Igor Tkalec

Igor Tkalec

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Igor Tkalec is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD project encompasses policy coordination and social policy of the European Union with a focus on pension systems. His academic interests include political economy, governance, and comparative politics, notably in the context of the European Union. He has experience in journalism, blogging, and research projects.
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After my grandmother passed away, my grandfather, still an agile man now in his 80s, has been coming to our house every single day. Most of the days he spends silently watching TV. He leaves to his place after the afternoon news, around 4.30pm. Although we have had countless memorable moments together during my childhood […]

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PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?

PESCO – One “Giant Leap” Towards European Defence?
Simone Esposito

Simone Esposito

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Simone is a graduate student in EU Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is specialising in the public policy of the European Union. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, and took part in the Erasmus exchange programme at Sciences Po Paris. Simone currently works as Economic Affairs officer for the 1989 Generation Initiative, a newly founded policy network that commits to mobilise young citizens to revive the European project. His interests lie in the field of politics and geopolitics in Europe, and in European political economy.
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Twenty-five EU countries have announced they will participate in a new cooperation pact in the area of security and defence policy, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was officially launched at a Foreign Affairs Council summit on the 11th of December. The decision activates dormant Lisbon Treaty provisions (Articles 42(6) and 46, as well as Protocol […]

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The truth behind the BitCoin media hype

The truth behind the BitCoin media hype
Ozren Petrovic & Nikola Filipovic

Ozren Petrovic & Nikola Filipovic

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Ozren holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and Media and an MSc in Strategic Management. Fluent in five European languages. Works in risk consulting and public relations. Nikola holds a BSc degree in management and organization and has worked on multiple consulting projects.
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People are very fond of making the intangible become tangible. The blockchain revolution, cryptocurrencies, and ultimately BitCoin challenge not only our centralized financial system and ledgers, but also our perception of the world – of what is real and what is not. The BitCoin, often presented as the conventional currency killer – exists only virtually. […]

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Japan-EU trade deal: an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?

Japan-EU trade deal:  an uneven road ahead for EU car manufacturers?
Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Danesh Kermabon-Haq

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Danesh Kermabon-Haq holds a BA degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex, UK and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London (UCL), UK.His MSc thesis focused on ‘trade liberalisation and income inequality in South Asia’. His BA thesis focused on ‘worker cooperatives as a viable alternative to corporate capitalist enterprises today’. His areas of interest include trade liberalisation, EU policies and socio-economic issues in developing countries.
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A few months after CETA, the Japan- EU agreement was another giant step forward for EU trade. This latest deal was also announced by the European Commission as the “most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU”.  Japan is the second biggest car exporter behind Germany and is the third biggest car producer […]

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Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission’s case against Poland

Białowieża Forest: An unexpected venue for the Commission's case against Poland
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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Over the past two years the relationship between the Polish government under the lead of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the European Commission has been tense. Growing economic fears and nationalistic sentiments were cleverly utilized by the government to gain popularity. The first clash with the EU thus arose from the system […]

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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
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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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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