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 CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?

The CMU initiative: Is a hard Brexit really an option?
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The European Single Market is based on four fundamental pillars: the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. Despite the formal freedom, capital does not flow across national borders with the same ease of the other items. In fact, when compared to US or Japan, European financial markets rely intensively on traditional bank-based intermediation […]

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Selmayrgate: The European Commission’s House of Cards

Selmayrgate: The European Commission’s House of Cards
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Although some Commissioners were surprised, their initial reaction was nothing compared to that of the other institutions, Member States, and the media. Among other things, the situation has been said to undermine transparency, (gender) equality and the credibility of the EU. Some suggest Selmayr is simply not a popular person within the Brussels bubble, which […]

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A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill

A troubled journey ahead: Theresa May’s trade bill
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This law was designed to implement the government’s “copy-pasting strategy”: using the text of current EU agreements to sign new trade deals – for instance using the content of CETA to create a UK-Canada agreement. The goal of the government is to accelerate the negotiation process in order to have a maximum of trade agreements […]

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Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage
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The production of fossil fuels is still considered of strategic interest in Italy. As of the end of 2015, 114 exploration and 202 exploitation licenses were in force on national territory. Such activities pose a huge threat to the preservation of the environment and the health of local communities. The recently uncovered Val d’Agri affaire […]

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International Trade by the People, for the People

International Trade by the People, for the People
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For decades people around the world have joined together to struggle against neoliberal trade deals between countries. All too often these movements have rightly condemned free trade deals without offering viable alternatives fit for our 21st century, globalised world where we depend on foreign imports daily. This has led to the familiar accusations by advocates […]

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Making nature count: What can the EU do?

Making nature count: What can the EU do?
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Even though they are crucial in tourism and recreation, food and appreciation, air and water filtration, as well as erosion and flood control, environmental products and services are barely represented in classic accounting. Ecosystems provide invaluable yet rather intangible services and contributions to national economies that classic indicators such as the GDP neglect. Therefore, they […]

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Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side

Rewilding: why it may be time for Europe to take a walk on the wild side
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Despite current conservation efforts, every indication points to the fact that our biodiversity and, along with it, our ecosystem services are in a dire state. Reports indicate that we have lost up to 80% of our insects in what is being called an ‘insectageddon’, and the recent state of nature report estimates that 60% of […]

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European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability

European Monetary Fund: further integrating financial stability
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In recent months the long-standing idea of creating an EMF has experienced a revival, such that the Commission even set out a roadmap to establish the new institution within 2019. A well-designed EMF should be able to manage asymmetric shocks (i.e. affecting some European countries more than others) and could hence reinforce the financial stability […]

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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?
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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
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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
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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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Build a Better World – Study Public Policy

Build a Better World – Study Public Policy
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The School of Public Policy at Central European University is a global institution committed to creating a community of purpose beyond power through multi-disciplinary study of public policy, innovative teaching and research, as well as meaningful engagement with policy practice. We had the opportunity to talk with the current Acting Head of the institution, Martin Kahanec, who answered our questions […]

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