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#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

| July 19, 2019

The EU has applauded the efforts of a pioneering project which aims to reconcile people in Georgia and South Ossetia, a so-called frozen conflict zone. A source of tension since the break-up of the Soviet Union, South Ossetia hosted a brief war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Moscow subsequently recognised South Ossetia as an […]

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Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

| July 18, 2019

There are more than a 1.1 billion smokers in the world, and it’s estimated that 8 million people die every year as a result of their addiction to cigarettes. By any reasonable metric, smoking is perhaps the greatest and most salient public health emergency of our time. The scale of this crisis is magnified even […]

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#TangerMed port essential for #Morocco – EU

#TangerMed port essential for #Morocco – EU

| July 16, 2019

Morocco has become an even more important for the EU as a partner as well as a trade hub and a bridge to Africa thanks to its cargo port Tanger Med, now the biggest port in Africa and in the Mediterranean. Located on the Strait of Gibraltar about 40 km east of Tanger, Morocco, Tanger Med 2 was […]

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Are Juncker’s Commission staff headed for #BrusselsLobbyShops?

Are Juncker’s Commission staff headed for #BrusselsLobbyShops?

| July 2, 2019

While European heads of state are fighting over which Spitzenkandidat will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, lobbying and consulting shops in Brussels are rubbing their hands at the prospect of recruiting new high-profile employees. It’s no secret many outgoing officials exchange their offices in the EU institutions for cushy jobs in the private […]

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A quiet revolution in #Prague

A quiet revolution in #Prague

| June 20, 2019

On 4 June, protesters took to the streets of Prague in their thousands. Unfurling banners emblazoned with the words “Enough” and “Resign”, and chanting “Shame! Shame!” at  their Prime Minister Andrej Babus they flooded into the capital’s Wenceslas Square, writes Colin Stevens. The ram-packed half-mile-long square could not have been a more fitting stage for […]

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EU must follow British lead and tackle #SexualViolence

EU must follow British lead and tackle #SexualViolence

| June 14, 2019

On June 11, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad joined a group of senior British politicians to demand justice for the thousands of Vietnamese women raped by South Korean troops during their country’s war for independence. The event, held near the Houses of Parliament, was attended by several survivors as well as their children, who are known […]

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#EasyMicrofinance – Empowering people through access to capital

#EasyMicrofinance – Empowering people through access to capital

| June 8, 2019

In 2015, international investment firm Meridian Capital Limited launched an ambitious project: a microfinance institution that had at its heart the ability to create a meaningful impact in the Southeast Nation of Myanmar. The following year, MC Easy Microfinance Company Limited received its microfinance license and began to follow through on its stated ethos of […]

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