The ‘Berlin Promise’ - Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans

The ‘Berlin Promise’ – Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans

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Today, six countries in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – are waiting in the wings to join the European Union. They have implemented policies that aim to narrow the development disparities with the EU and to adopt the acquis communautaire. However, according to the IMF, “the process […]

Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?

Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?

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In 2003 the EU passed the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, a path-leading framework to fight illegal logging and deforestation. However, fifteen years later there is still a lot of work to do until EU FLEGT unfolds a positive impact on climate change, forest ecosystems and local communities as intended. In […]

Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side

Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side

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Rich in natural resources and a crucial pillar of the China Pakistan Iran Economic Corridor, Baluchistan has recently become a hotspot for massive investment projects such as the Free Trade Zone of Chabbahar port. The area is mostly inhabited by the predominantly Sunni Baloch group. Their Sunni faith places them at odds with the Iranian […]

Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions

Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions

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While widely misunderstood, rhetoric is thought of as the available means of persuasion. That is, what we say, and do, to produce a desired outcome. Pathos is thought of as emotional appeals, logos appeals to logic, and ethos appeals to authority. Pathos is often considered the most elementary of appeals, requiring the least amount of […]

Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?

Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?

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IP is a prime asset that advanced economies build on. As indicated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Director General, “Intellectual property is a crucial part of a successful innovation system”. The EU – a block that hosts competitive and innovative industries – greatly depends on its brainpower to sustain economic growth. According to a […]

From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump's era?

From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump’s era?

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There is more to the US besides the White House America has always been great – and diverse – with a prominent climate scientific community as well as leading political figures in the fight against climate change, like Al Gore. More recently, initiatives to safeguard climate-related data and make it public through “rebel” government agencies […]

Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election

Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election

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The main targets so far have been businesses, alongside banking, telecom and defence, but with the 2016 US election, the focus of cyber attacks seems to have shifted towards governments and national parties. The state-sponsored cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend towards highly-publicised, overt campaigns […]

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The ‘Berlin Promise’ – Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans

The ‘Berlin Promise’ - Dashed expectations must not spell defeat in the Western Balkans
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Today, six countries in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – are waiting in the wings to join the European Union. They have implemented policies that aim to narrow the development disparities with the EU and to adopt the acquis communautaire. However, according to the IMF, “the process […]

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Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?

Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?
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In 2003 the EU passed the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, a path-leading framework to fight illegal logging and deforestation. However, fifteen years later there is still a lot of work to do until EU FLEGT unfolds a positive impact on climate change, forest ecosystems and local communities as intended. In […]

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Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side

Baluchistan, a thorn in the Persian giant’s side
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Rich in natural resources and a crucial pillar of the China Pakistan Iran Economic Corridor, Baluchistan has recently become a hotspot for massive investment projects such as the Free Trade Zone of Chabbahar port. The area is mostly inhabited by the predominantly Sunni Baloch group. Their Sunni faith places them at odds with the Iranian […]

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Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions

Trump’s rhetoric is un-presidential yet effective in appealing to peoples’ emotions
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While widely misunderstood, rhetoric is thought of as the available means of persuasion. That is, what we say, and do, to produce a desired outcome. Pathos is thought of as emotional appeals, logos appeals to logic, and ethos appeals to authority. Pathos is often considered the most elementary of appeals, requiring the least amount of […]

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Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?

Do EU policymakers really value intellectual property?
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IP is a prime asset that advanced economies build on. As indicated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Director General, “Intellectual property is a crucial part of a successful innovation system”. The EU – a block that hosts competitive and innovative industries – greatly depends on its brainpower to sustain economic growth. According to a […]

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From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump’s era?

From Brussels to Beijing: Is there room for optimism in climate policy in Trump's era?
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There is more to the US besides the White House America has always been great – and diverse – with a prominent climate scientific community as well as leading political figures in the fight against climate change, like Al Gore. More recently, initiatives to safeguard climate-related data and make it public through “rebel” government agencies […]

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Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election

Cyber security: what lessons the European Union can learn from the French election
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The main targets so far have been businesses, alongside banking, telecom and defence, but with the 2016 US election, the focus of cyber attacks seems to have shifted towards governments and national parties. The state-sponsored cyber attacks against the Democratic Party and the subsequent leak of stolen information reflect a trend towards highly-publicised, overt campaigns […]

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When the brotherly vows break: Should Qataris question their khaleejinship?

When the brotherly vows break: Should Qataris question their khaleejinship?
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‘Khaleeji’ translates to ‘from the gulf’ in Arabic. However, the term currently and exclusively denotes the identity of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) nationals. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman established the GCC back in 1981 as a political and economic alliance to counter the rise of Iran’s power following the 1979 Islamic revolution. By fostering unity and […]

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Changing Everything so that Nothing Changes? The future of UK seats in the EP

Changing Everything so that Nothing Changes? The future of UK seats in the EP
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With 73 parliamentary seats, the British delegation is the third largest in the current parliamentary setup together with the Italian one. This explains why the future of its seats in the European Parliament is of fundamental importance to political equilibria between parties and national delegations. Various solutions have been put forward and discussed on how […]

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India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?

India & RCEP: The end of low cost medications?
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India’s pharmaceutical industry will be limited by the proposed TRIPS Plus clauses within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN and their trading partners. These would make large production more complex causing medicine prices to go up and thus rendering them less accessible, especially for people living in developing countries. The RCEP is a […]

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The Vienna Agreement: conflicting tales of OPEC compliance

The Vienna Agreement: conflicting tales of OPEC compliance
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The Vienna Agreement In November 2016, the 171st Ministerial Conference in Vienna was a welcomed change to the international community’s fight against crippling crude prices. This Agreement obliged 13 OPEC countries to reduce its production by around 1.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) to bring its ceiling to 32.5 mb/d. Eleven non-OPEC nations, specifically Russia, […]

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EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.

EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.
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There are, in other words, high emissions embodied in international trade that accompany the flows of products from the point of origin to the point of consumption. The most characteristic example is the case of China, where one-third of its GHG emissions are associated with the production of goods that are exported and consumed in […]

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