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 […]

Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.

Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.

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A decisive action against Poland and Hungary for violating the Rule of Law has been vocally called by many in Brussels and beyond. However, EU Institutions have failed to take effective action against their infants terribles so far. This can be explained by Member States’ reluctance to accept EU intrusion in national constitutional matters and […]

Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

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With an inherit shift in cultural identity needed bringing the fight towards grassroots level has the potential to pay high dividends in the grand scheme. Community Energy Projects (CEPs) are attracting increasing attention as they do not just enhance the technical basis of renewable energy but also increase social acceptance of core issues involved with […]

Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?

Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?

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Over a third of food produced goes straight into the bin. Across Europe, the annual amount of food waste is estimated to be a whopping 89 million tonnes, which is expected to rise to around 126 million tonnes by 2020. Environmentally speaking, this represents a catastrophic loss of valuable inputs such as water and soil […]

Turmoil in Southern Philippines - next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

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For decades, Southeast Asia has been the habitat of various extremist movements with each group operating to serve its unique objectives. The arrival of ISIS has severely disrupted the former regional status quo. Aligning Muslim extremism with more global ambitions, ISIS has slowly established the concept of Jihadi franchises, developing ties between formerly unrelated groups. […]

It’s not you, it’s me - what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment

It’s not you, it’s me – what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment

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The Paris Agreement is an international agreement, where 195 countries came together to tackle climate change. The countries made voluntary pledges on how they are going to achieve their climate goals. These ‘pledges’ involve aiding developing nations through providing climate finance and technology transfers, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions stabilisation and reduction, thus cementing […]

Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget

Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget

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On the 12th of June, European news website POLITICO revealed the European Parliament President Tajani’s proposals to reshape radically the EU budget, slimming down the funds devoted to farmers, its prime beneficiaries. The aim would be to refocus Europe’s spending toward three priority areas for European citizens: security, immigration and (youth) unemployment. The plan, which […]

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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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Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.

Realpolitik still determines EU responses to Rule of Law threats. Here is why.
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A decisive action against Poland and Hungary for violating the Rule of Law has been vocally called by many in Brussels and beyond. However, EU Institutions have failed to take effective action against their infants terribles so far. This can be explained by Member States’ reluctance to accept EU intrusion in national constitutional matters and […]

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Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time
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With an inherit shift in cultural identity needed bringing the fight towards grassroots level has the potential to pay high dividends in the grand scheme. Community Energy Projects (CEPs) are attracting increasing attention as they do not just enhance the technical basis of renewable energy but also increase social acceptance of core issues involved with […]

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Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?

Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?
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Over a third of food produced goes straight into the bin. Across Europe, the annual amount of food waste is estimated to be a whopping 89 million tonnes, which is expected to rise to around 126 million tonnes by 2020. Environmentally speaking, this represents a catastrophic loss of valuable inputs such as water and soil […]

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Turmoil in Southern Philippines – next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?

Turmoil in Southern Philippines - next step towards the creation of a new ISIS Caliphate?
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For decades, Southeast Asia has been the habitat of various extremist movements with each group operating to serve its unique objectives. The arrival of ISIS has severely disrupted the former regional status quo. Aligning Muslim extremism with more global ambitions, ISIS has slowly established the concept of Jihadi franchises, developing ties between formerly unrelated groups. […]

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It’s not you, it’s me – what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment

It’s not you, it’s me - what the US withdrawal from Paris means for renewable energy investment
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The Paris Agreement is an international agreement, where 195 countries came together to tackle climate change. The countries made voluntary pledges on how they are going to achieve their climate goals. These ‘pledges’ involve aiding developing nations through providing climate finance and technology transfers, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions stabilisation and reduction, thus cementing […]

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Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget

Time to scrap the cap – modernizing the EU budget
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On the 12th of June, European news website POLITICO revealed the European Parliament President Tajani’s proposals to reshape radically the EU budget, slimming down the funds devoted to farmers, its prime beneficiaries. The aim would be to refocus Europe’s spending toward three priority areas for European citizens: security, immigration and (youth) unemployment. The plan, which […]

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EU and Chinese energy cooperation: Remodelling a new world order?

EU and Chinese energy cooperation: Remodelling a new world order?
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In light of President Trump rescinding the United State’s commitment to ratify the Paris climate accords, the EU-China agreement signed in Brussels on June 2nd 2017 signals at least two things: the strengthening of EU-China’s energy cooperation, a keystone of their strategic partnership, and an increase in China’s role on the world stage through a small […]

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The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles

The EU-China climate alliance: new plans and old troubles
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At the 19th EU-China summit, set against the backdrop of US-President Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the two economies and major emitters of greenhouse gases reconfirmed their commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change. With the 2015 Paris Agreement the 195 signatories commit themselves to reduce the negative impacts of climate […]

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The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?

The ENP’s revision: More of the EU’s timid rhetoric?
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A report on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy’s (ENP) revision was published on 18 May, outlining the progress achieved since the policy’s review. Launched in 2003 as a framework to foster prosperity, stability and security in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods, the ENP could be best described as a labyrinth of opaque […]

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Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?

Gender parity in governments: Can we force it?
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He added that it was important for Canada to have a cabinet that looked like the country it represented. Straightforward (isn’t it?). If the entire world is made up of approximately 50% males and 50% females, then why is it that countries all around the world are hesitant to appoint women to positions of power […]

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Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?

Is the EU citizens’ data safe under the new framework?
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First of all, what is ‘personal data’? Be aware that the term does not only refer to passwords or email and social media accounts’ settings. ‘Personal Data’ refers to “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)” being it a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to […]

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