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By Viviana Spaghetti, Political Consultant It is a cardinal rule of influencing the policy-making process in the EU that the earlier you’re in the game, the better your chances of achieving your objective. In Brussels, it is vital to talk to the European Commission – the EU civil service – before a legislative proposal is… » read more

  Posted by The Whitehouse Consultancy

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I was recently looking around for a word to describe government by the incompetent, rather as, for example, kleptocracy is government by thieves. I googled ‘government by the incompetent’ and was rewarded with the magnificent word in the title of this piece. Kakistocracy means government by the worst[1], from the Greek kakistos meaning worst and… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

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The G7 leaders in a statement released on Monday condemned « in the strongest possible terms the new nuclear test conducted by North Korea » at the weekend. Today, South Korea continues the cycle of military activities in response to the ongoing Pyongyang provocations. According to Seoul’s Navy, some of the assets mobilized in the… » read more

  Posted by EU-Logos

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Guest post by Antonio Calcara – Ph.D. Candidate at the LUISS Department of Political Science – Rome   The prospect of an integrated EU defence stance at the international level has always been a controversial issue. Despite more than 30 Common Security and Defence Policy civilian and military crisis management missions, EU member states` political,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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The regulatory net cast by the EU to protect consumers against harmful products was found to have an egg-shaped hole in it last month as the fipronil scandal broke and spread continent-wide. In the process it has raised some difficult questions about the bloc’s regulatory regime: specifically, the contrast between the leisurely response of the… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

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  Europe is the most open continent. Faced with less growth for part of its citizens, islamist terrorism and an increase in migrants and refugee influx, should it seize-up and become a ’Fortress Europe’? The above Eurobarometer suggests that, for the first time, Terrorism is EU citizens’ main concern, taking over from Immigration which took… » read more

  Posted by TAXI: Europa

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After years of almost unimpeded rise, wood’s reputation is coming under fire, as increasing numbers of experts are questioning the overall carbon footprint of wood and timber. In February of 2017, the Times published an article about the Drax power plant, in North Yorkshire, and its financial modus operandi. “Britain is more reliant on biomass,… » read more

  Posted by Ethics, compliance and consumer goods

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“This invaluable report suggests a practical course of action for governments and civil society. While every conflict has different causes and solutions, we know from Northern Ireland that long-term grassroots peacebuilding between the contending parties is always essential to achieving peace.” (Jonathan Powell, the chief British negotiator during the Northern Ireland Peace Process )  … » read more

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