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Beyond the successful efforts in multilateral projects of economic nature, the Eastern Partnership should also involve its partners in strengthening democratic institutions and civil society, argues René van der Linden. René van der Linden is the former president of the Dutch Senat and honorary president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).… » read more

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Guest post by Sabine Lösing (MEP, DIE LINKE) and Jürgen Wagner (managing director of Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V.) It is the prevalent perception in Brussels that if the EU wants to establish itself as a veritable global player within the group of major powers, the construction of a powerful military establishment is inevitable. Great Britain has… » read more

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Guest blog post by Elena Gerebizza from Energy Campaigner Re:Common, Adriana Paradiso from Counter Balance and Melanie Mattauch from 350.org.   In an open letter released today, climate scientists, indigenous leaders, environmental and social justice groups, actors and artists call on the European Union to immediately withdraw its support for a gas mega-pipeline that would… » read more

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Guest blog post by Hans-Jochen Luhmann, Senior Expert at the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie. The not even steadily but actually increasingly increasing discrepancy between target and real (NOx emission) values of cars and vans has not been a new phenomenon – it has been measured and published since more than a decade. In… » read more

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Ana Barreira1, Director at the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA)2 Chlorine has a diverse variety of uses ranging from health and medicine uses to high-tech applications. Three techniques have been used to produce it: mercury, membrane and diaphragm cells. Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic to humans, ecosystems and wildlife. It… » read more

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Guest post by Kai Gehring, University of Zürich and Stephan A. Schneider, Heidelberg University. While Brexit negotiations are on their way, the remaining EU members issued a declaration outlining perspectives for future cooperation on the European level on the occasion of the 60-year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. At the same time, the “Pulse… » read more

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Guest blog post by David Heibron Price, a Brussels-based writer and journalist, and editor of the Schuman Project. On US President Donald Trump’s eight-day visit abroad this week he will touch down in four countries, discussing global politics and religion. Will he be met in Brussels with confusion on defence, security, culture and religion? In… » read more

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Guest blog post by Katerina Bezgachina, Associate Director for Communications at Habitat for Humanity EMEA. A latest EU Energy Efficiency report showed how new co-design and energy labelling requirements for products are saving consumers both energy and money. By 2020, potential energy savings will reach approximately 9% of the EU’s total energy consumption and a… » read more

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