The invisible people

The invisible people

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They disappear from the media but not from reality. Mostly, they continue living in the country after their application is rejected, without any legal status. In the end, the only clear difference between accepted and rejected refugees and asylum seekers is that the latter have little or no chance of becoming integrated residents and are […]

Migrants without protection = Humanitarian principles at risk

Migrants without protection = Humanitarian principles at risk

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Matteo Salvini, the Minister of Interior of Italy, has stated that Italy wants to stop being Europe’s refugee dump. In the past years, various Italian coastal towns have become major hotspots for the registration of migrants in Europe. As a right-wing leader, Salvini has spoken loudly against migration from North Africa. Very recently, he declared […]

Pretending to care for migrants

Pretending to care for migrants

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This chain of events has a simple explanation. After national parliamentary elections earlier this year, Italy formed a new, far-right coalition government, which has closed ports as part of its initiative to reduce the flow of migrants into the country. Unsurprisingly, these developments have not been well received by the heads of other EU member […]

The shady side of shadow banking monitoring

The shady side of shadow banking monitoring

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“Shadow banking” is a fancy label referring to the system of financial institutions that perform bank-like activities without being licensed banks. In short, these institutions, or “entities”, are engaged in some sort of credit intermediation that involves maturity and liquidity transformation, leverage and credit risk transfer but abstain from the classical deposit-taking business of banks. […]

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 mentoring offered online.  Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts to enhance the quality of European public policy discussions. Its goal is to promote and […]

Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

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The agreement signed in September stipulates the acceptance of Venezuelans who arrive to countries, like Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, without valid travel documents (such as passport or visa) since these are hard to get in Venezuela right now. Until recently, these migrants had to show up-to-date documents when travelling to other South American countries. Requesting […]

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

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Using genetic resources, whether from plants, animals or micro-organisms, refers to the process of analyzing their beneficial properties and using them to contribute to scientific knowledge or to develop new products. The rapid development of modern biotechnology has allowed us to use genetic resources that improved our understanding of the living world and led to […]

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The invisible people

The invisible people
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They disappear from the media but not from reality. Mostly, they continue living in the country after their application is rejected, without any legal status. In the end, the only clear difference between accepted and rejected refugees and asylum seekers is that the latter have little or no chance of becoming integrated residents and are […]

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Migrants without protection = Humanitarian principles at risk

Migrants without protection = Humanitarian principles at risk
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Matteo Salvini, the Minister of Interior of Italy, has stated that Italy wants to stop being Europe’s refugee dump. In the past years, various Italian coastal towns have become major hotspots for the registration of migrants in Europe. As a right-wing leader, Salvini has spoken loudly against migration from North Africa. Very recently, he declared […]

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The shady side of shadow banking monitoring

The shady side of shadow banking monitoring
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“Shadow banking” is a fancy label referring to the system of financial institutions that perform bank-like activities without being licensed banks. In short, these institutions, or “entities”, are engaged in some sort of credit intermediation that involves maturity and liquidity transformation, leverage and credit risk transfer but abstain from the classical deposit-taking business of banks. […]

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Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare

Escaping the Venezuelan nightmare
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The agreement signed in September stipulates the acceptance of Venezuelans who arrive to countries, like Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, without valid travel documents (such as passport or visa) since these are hard to get in Venezuela right now. Until recently, these migrants had to show up-to-date documents when travelling to other South American countries. Requesting […]

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The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research

The Nagoya Protocol: Please sign here, here and here before proceeding with your research
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Using genetic resources, whether from plants, animals or micro-organisms, refers to the process of analyzing their beneficial properties and using them to contribute to scientific knowledge or to develop new products. The rapid development of modern biotechnology has allowed us to use genetic resources that improved our understanding of the living world and led to […]

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To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?

To improve is to change. Can the WTO be reformed?
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However, reforms were long overdue. The last WTO multilateral agreements date back to 1994: theaters were screening Pulp Fiction, Brazil was winning the World Cup against Italy and Bezos had just founded Amazon. Following Trump’s repeated threats of pulling out the US from the WTO and his belittlement of the dispute settlement system, the EU […]

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Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice
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Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than 1000 cases around the world against the fossil fuel industry and governments. While the former usually are aimed at obtaining compensation regarding companies’ pollution, the latter have somehow higher ambitions: they […]

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Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill

Finland: Twenty beds, too many ill
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Many asylum seekers are traumatized by war, conflict, poor living conditions or different forms of physical exploitation. Their mental illness can deteriorate during the asylum application process once it is extremely demanding to live long periods of time being unsure about the future. Mental health care is urgently needed, especially in reception centres where life […]

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The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities
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On April 27th, the EU agreed a total ban on neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, on the ground that they contaminate water and soil and pose a serious threat to bees and other pollinators. Italy was among the Member States that supported the measure. In February however Mr. Martina, the then Italian Minister […]

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Japan is opening its door to migrants

Japan is opening its door to migrants
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In June the government announced it would create a “designated skills” visa in order to accept 500,000 new workers by 2025, specifically in agriculture, construction, hospitality, nursing and shipbuilding. That even Japan has agreed to accept migrants suggests it may be the only solution for mature economies to maintain productivity growth. In this case the […]

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Welcome to the jungle: Trump’s plan for international trade

Welcome to the jungle: Trump's plan for international trade
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The WTO allows a better governance of international trade, albeit with noteworthy shortcomings, by reducing world’s ineradicable anarchy. Without it, the stronger, richer and more powerful Country will always get the better hand of a deal. Which is exactly what Trump is looking for. The result could be that, as a more sustainable trade is […]

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Not all that is trade glitters

Not all that is trade glitters
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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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