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Decision time: MEPs about to finish evaluation of new Commission

Decision time: MEPs about to finish evaluation of new Commission

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The fate of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker will be decided on Wednesday 22 October when MEPs will be asked to either approve or reject it. However, there will still be two additional hearings before that decision can be taken. Violeta Bulc, commissioner-designate for transport, and Maroš Šefčovič, proposed as Commission vice-president […]

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Tzu Chi: Devotion to welfare of others from heart of Taiwan

Tzu Chi: Devotion to welfare of others from heart of Taiwan

| October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, literally ‘Compassionate Relief’, is an international humanitarian organization and a non-governmental organization (NGO) with an international network of volunteers that was awarded a special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[1] Tzu Chi volunteers and relief workers are mostly recognizable worldwide by their blue and white […]

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The Russia-Ukraine conflict: Cyber and information warfare in a regional context

The Russia-Ukraine conflict: Cyber and information warfare in a regional context

| October 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Tim Maurer and Scott Janz What lessons can we learn from Russia’s cyber and information campaigns against Ukraine? According to Tim Maurer and Scott Janz, we should expect them to become more integrated, especially in hybrid conflicts, and we need to face facts – Russia has only revealed the tip of the iceberg when […]

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From wish to law: EU summit conclusions and how they (not always) become law

From wish to law: EU summit conclusions and how they (not always) become law

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

How easy is it to turn an intergovernmental agreement into law? Once the leaders of EU countries agree on the need for new European legislation at Council summits, it can still take a long time before the final legal texts are approved by the European Parliament and the national governments. The speed of this process […]

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Oxfam: World trapped by ‘toxic triangle’ that puts profit for the few ahead of a sustainable future for all

Oxfam: World trapped by ‘toxic triangle’ that puts profit for the few ahead of a sustainable future for all

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

People around the world are trapped in a ‘toxic triangle’ made up of short-term financial investors, timid governments and fossil fuel companies, which threatens to push up global temperatures, putting 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam warns today (17 October). Oxfam’s new report Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance […]

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EU strikes comprehensive trade deal with East African Community

EU strikes comprehensive trade deal with East African Community

| October 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

On 16 October, negotiators from the EU and the East African Community (EAC) finalized a new comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between both regions. The agreement will provide legal certainty for businesses and open a long-term perspective for free and unlimited access to the EU market for products from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. […]

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