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The state of play In early 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called onto the international community to rethink its approach to peace and security. He deplored that far more time and resources are spent responding to crises rather than preventing them, and he encouraged world leaders to step up preventive action. Pointing out the… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

On 20th of November, The European Council announced the new locations of the two European agencies that are going to be leaving London as a consequence of Brexit. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will head to Amsterdam while the European Bank Authority (EBA) will head to Paris. Several EU member states tried to become a… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

On December 6, the European Commission presented the long-awaited package for the deepening of the European Economic and Monetary Union. In a debate we organised at FEPS to gather first reactions to the proposal, a member of the European Parliament put forward the right questions: how should it be explained to people in the different… » read more

  Posted by FEPS Fresh Thinking

It is difficult to generate an accurate estimate for the number of children being educated in their home across Europe, but by many accounts, it appears to be a growing number. Education outside the traditional norm of the classroom is well established in the United States, where the U.S. Department of Education estimates that over… » read more

  Posted by The Freedom Blog

Conflict of Interest in international climate negotiations has been taking place from the very beginning of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a new report by Corporate Accountability shows. This visual summary guides you through 3 decades of corporate lobbying:

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

The Case Saúl Luciano Lliuya versus RWE, taking place in the German town of Hamm, has now gone into the evidentary phase. This historic lawsuit, in which a Peruvian farmer has sued a German energy giant, might have consequences for investors and firms around the world that might have to deal with more cases of… » read more

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

A seemingly insignificant debate is going on in the European Union, which will soon reveal its true magnitude if Brussels isn’t careful. A new regulation is being drafted, with a possible dramatic lowering of the cadmium levels admitted in phosphate-based fertilizers. The commission, lobbied by Russia, wants 20 mg per kilo, and Parliament barely voted… » read more

  Posted by Ethics, compliance and consumer goods

As negotiations to design the Paris Rulebook developed during COP23, finding an agreement on the sensitive topic of climate finance proved to be a major obstacle in bringing the guidelines for Paris forward. Specifically Article 9.5 of the Paris Agreement brought discussions to a full stop during the second week of COP23. But what is… » read more

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

Austria’s Swing to the Right

After the victory the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) during the Austrian Elections, Sebastian Kurz was asked by President Alexander van der Bellen to start coalition talks. Though widely criticized, but nevertheless not totally unexpected, Kurz started talks with Austria’s far right Freedom Party (FPÖ). The far-right party became third-strongest party. First analyses suggested voters had… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

The ongoing plight of refugees represents a concrete humanitarian emergency and disaster; at present, there is an unparalleled 65.6 million of displaced people, of which 22.5 million are refugees in acute need of international protection. Over the last decade, armed conflict, persecution, human rights abuses and other life-threatening situations engulfing Africa and the Middle East… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

In the last days of COP23, a final text came out that defines the Tanaloa Dialogue, and thus lays out the path for an inclusive climate dialogue during 2018. The COP22 and COP24 presidencies consulted all the countries to agree on how this process will look like.   But what is the Tanaloa Dialogue? It… » read more

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

COP23: summary of week 1

The first week of COP23 has come to an end, and an army of delegates has been negotiating the details of how to implement the Paris Agreement. The second week is kicking off with a a lot at stake, while many of the negotiating points are being delayed. With ministers arriving in Bonn, the pressure… » read more

  Posted by Climate Tracker - Tracking international climate change negotiations

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