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Guest post by Zachary Ellis, intern at Biderbost, Boscan & Rochin (BB&R) Over the past couple of weeks of 2017, an innovative phenomenon has been taking place in local Salamancan schools. The European project eParticipation is making its presence known within classrooms, and it is positively affecting youth all across Salamanca, London, and Palermo. The… » read more

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Guest post by Dr. Laurens Ankersmit, ClientEarth trade lawyer   On the website promoting the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), the Canadian government proudly lists the ‘opportunities and benefits of CETA for Canada’s oil and gas exporters’. However, provisions on combatting climate change are completely absent from this ‘progressive’ agreement. It was one of the main… » read more

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Guest post by Doriane de Lestrange, lawyer focusing on EU Regulatory law   On last 20 December, the European Commission made the crucial decision to trigger Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty against Poland. This article, which has never been used before, allows the European commissioners to deprive Warsaw from its voting rights as it… » read more

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Throughout two decades of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” direct negotiation with aim of ‘Two-State’ solution has been perceived as the only paradigm of international community and it has been the main option for Israeli and Palestinian authorities. The outcome has been a serial of repeated failures reaching peace agreements and implementing e.g. Oslo accords, combined… » read more

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Guest post by MEP Alfred Sant, Head of Maltese (S&D) Delegation in the European Parliament   This afternoon the European Parliament’s plenary session, once again, will host a joint debate on the European Foreign Security and Defence Policy. This time the High Representative and Commission Vice President Mogherini will participate in the debate by welcoming… » read more

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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 Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

Guest blog post by Vít Dostál and Zsuzsanna Végh. Vít Dostál is a Research Director at the Association for International Affairs (AMO). Zsuzsanna Végh is a Research Fellow at the European University Viadrina and an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations. The Visegrad Group (consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and… » read more

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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 Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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 Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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 Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

BONN, Germany The European Union and Australia told a global conference to discuss climate policy that discussions on finance should not be included in negotiations for loss and damage because “not every disaster is caused by climate change.” By Alanah Torralba Loss and damage refers to inevitable costs of natural disasters and slow onset events… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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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The Syrian Arab Republic has announced this morning that will sign the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country not pledging to climate action.   A negotiating member close to the Syrian delegation commented: “The assessment of the impact of a commitment such as the Paris Accord on the economy of a… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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