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2019 will be a big political year in Lithuania, with elections in national focus. Lithuania will hold presidential, municipal and European Parliament elections this year. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in her traditional New Year congratulation message was very restrained and short-spoken. She clearly understands that she did nothing outstanding to be proud of. This message… » read more

  Posted by News from the Baltic States

On 14 December 2018, the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee co-organised a conference on “Connecting Europe and Asia” convening high-level policy makers, top business executives and renown researchers. Taking place toward the end of the Austrian Presidency in the Council of the European Union, the goal of the event was… » read more

  Posted by Lisbon 2 Vladivostok

Teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) need more support, training and tools for implementing innovative pedagogies in schools, such as student-centred learning. It is of particular concern that more than 35% of STEM teachers think they get no pedagogical or technical support in their line of work, even from other teachers of the… » read more

  Posted by European Schoolnet

“The UN’s latest climate meeting ends positively. But there is a lot more to do if global warming is to be stopped” says The Economist about the 24th UN Conference of Parties, the so-called COP24, which came to an end in Katowice on Saturday 15th December. “The agreement struck in Poland is not strong enough,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Ukraine has sufficient natural gas reserves to meet own gas demand. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, in 2017 Ukraine ranked second among the European countries by its proved gas reserves (1.1 trillion cubic meters), with only Norway surpassing (1.7 trillion cubic meters). However, it is only fourth by production volumes with… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Andreas Umland   The prominent Western commentator of post-Soviet affairs Taras Kuzio has recently come forward with a barrel of English-language attacks on Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko – so far, the clear front-runner in Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections in March 2019. Kuzio has placed several critical and partly denigrating texts about Tymoshenko in reputed… » read more

  Posted by Andreas Umland

Confidence in the EU has gradually diminished after a series of crises of values. This has enabled the rapid growth of the populist and the far-right parties in the V4 countries, which are causing fragmentation within the EU due to what they perceive as unresolved asylum and migration issues. In 2004, Romano Prodi commented on… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

There is a sad joke in Slovakia that the country could become a museum for renewable energy sources (RES). Not because the Slovak physicist Aurel Stodola invented in 1928 the world’s oldest heat pump that still powers Geneva’s city hall, but because of its antiquated energy policy that lacks systematic support for renewables at the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

It is time for both EU and Ukraine to reshape their long-term relations, especially in the context of the heated debate about the future of the EU and its neighbourhood policy towards Balkans, Turkey and Great Britain. The jubilee 20th Ukraine-EU Summit provided a good basis for Kyiv to raise the issues of long-term cooperation… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Public demand for radical changes in the system of law enforcement agencies in Ukraine exists already for a number of years. The Revolution of Dignity only testified to their relevance, especially in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Public discussions of that period resulted in a number of specific indicators (requirements) to the process… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

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