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#Norway – After #COP24 real work starts

#Norway – After #COP24 real work starts

| December 20, 2018

UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) participants in Katowice, Poland, have concluded the three-year international negotiations by agreeing on a joint rule book to implement the Paris agreement that will take effect in 2024. The agreements reached will apply equally both to developed and developing countries in assessing and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, global performance assessment […]

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#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

#COP24 – Poland, Europe, and coal: trolling or misunderstanding?

| December 18, 2018

From the outset of the COP24, international media coverage has harshly criticized the event’s Polish hosts for their “provocative” spotlighting of Poland’s coal industry and broader “coal addiction”. The controversies in Katowice have re-ignited tensions between Poland and the European Union over emissions targets, energy transitions, and the country’s enduring reliance on coal power. Beneath […]

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Not Europe: #Ukraine imposes “ordered” sanctions against #Russia

Not Europe: #Ukraine imposes “ordered” sanctions against #Russia

| November 29, 2018

According to the recent statement of MEP Rebecca Harms, in the wake of aggression in the Sea of Azov the European Union is preparing new sanctions against Russia. In the meantime a scandal is likely to break out in Ukraine because of “Ukrainian style” sanctions. Despite all the restrictions imposed by Kyiv against the aggressor-country, […]

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The EU’s Achilles heel? #Transport infrastructure

The EU’s Achilles heel? #Transport infrastructure

| November 23, 2018

In a bid to halt the encroachment of Chinese companies into European markets, the EU is seeking to restrict foreign direct investment (FDI) by implementing a rigorous screening framework designed to identify any substantive threats to the bloc’s critical infrastructure or technologies, with transport one of the most acute ones. The information-exchange system would alert […]

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#Ukraine – Donbass claims its statehood

#Ukraine – Donbass claims its statehood

| November 14, 2018

Despite huge and unprecedented international pressure and harsh demands that were heard even in the UN premises the two breakaway Ukrainian territories-Donetsk and Lughansk People’s Republics  took a joint decision to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, November 11. After recent assassination (last August) of Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of Donetsk Republic, members of […]

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Europe’s trade senses an east wind in its sails

Europe’s trade senses an east wind in its sails

| October 19, 2018

It has been decades in the making, but a free trade agreement between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council could now be within touching distance. Having established their own customs union, the six GCC countries are now aiming to create an internal market. This will no doubt help smooth negotiations with the EU, […]

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Autonomy of the #Serb Republic crucial for Europe

Autonomy of the #Serb Republic crucial for Europe

| October 3, 2018

  General elections will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 7 October 2018, for the renewal of the national presidency and House of Representatives, an important date for both national and regional stability. On 28 September, President Milorad Dodik greeted an international delegation of current and former parliamentarians and political figures from Belgium, Austria […]

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