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The invisible people

The invisible people
Polina Vershinina

Polina Vershinina

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Polina Vershinina has a BA in International Relations at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Currently she is a MA student in Political Science in Central European University, Hungary. She specializes in global political dialogue and institutional development. Her research focuses on the EU, more specifically on Central Europe, migration policy, civil society and NGOs. She is a strong supporter of a cross-disciplinary approach in international relations research.
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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
Jessica Tervo

Jessica Tervo

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Jessica Tervo holds a BA in Political Science from The University of Tampere, Finland with a focus on European Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a MA in Political Theory from Pompeu Fabra University, with a focus on democracy, nationalism and multiculturalism. Her research interests include democracy, human rights, border security and forced migration. She is currently based in Barcelona.
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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
Michele Federle

Michele Federle

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Michele Federle is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Economic Policy at Sciences Po Paris, France. He was also a student at the Scuola di Politiche, Rome, the public policy school founded by former Italian PM Enrico Letta. Among his professional experiences are included internships at the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt and at the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung in Mannheim, Germany.
His research interests encompass global financial governance, European integration and macroeconomics.
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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
Jessica Tervo

Jessica Tervo

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Jessica Tervo holds a BA in Political Science from The University of Tampere, Finland with a focus on European Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a MA in Political Theory from Pompeu Fabra University, with a focus on democracy, nationalism and multiculturalism. Her research interests include democracy, human rights, border security and forced migration. She is currently based in Barcelona.
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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
Daniela Rat

Daniela Rat

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Daniela Raț studied at the West University of Timișoara, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in law and her LL.M in European Union Law. Further, she was awarded a one year research fellowship by the German Federal Environmental Foundation and conducted her research on sustainable transport policies at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Currently, Daniela is a MSc candidate for the interdisciplinary International Master of Environmental Sciences program at the University of Cologne. Her broad research interests range from biodiversity policies to transport policies, renewable energy policies and environmental ethics.
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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?
Alessandro Gangarossa

Alessandro Gangarossa

Policy Researcher at Politheor
I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MSc double degree in Economics and International Relationsfrom University of Lugano (Switzerland) and Catholic University of Milan . During my master I could deepen my interest and specialize in EU law and policy, especially regarding EU Trade Law and trade defence policy, which was the topic of my final dissertation. This interest brought me to intern at the Commercial Office of the Consulate General of Egypt in Milan. Other than trade I am interested in national and international politics, as well as the EU political development.
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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
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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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
Jessica Tervo

Jessica Tervo

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Jessica Tervo holds a BA in Political Science from The University of Tampere, Finland with a focus on European Politics and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a MA in Political Theory from Pompeu Fabra University, with a focus on democracy, nationalism and multiculturalism. Her research interests include democracy, human rights, border security and forced migration. She is currently based in Barcelona.
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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
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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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
Polina Vershinina

Polina Vershinina

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Polina Vershinina has a BA in International Relations at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Currently she is a MA student in Political Science in Central European University, Hungary. She specializes in global political dialogue and institutional development. Her research focuses on the EU, more specifically on Central Europe, migration policy, civil society and NGOs. She is a strong supporter of a cross-disciplinary approach in international relations research.
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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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