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#EarthDay does not solve climate change

#EarthDay does not solve climate change

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Saturday (25 March), millions of people around the world will voluntarily plunge themselves into darkness. Office buildings and major landmarks will follow suit, and will go dark for an hour at 8.30pm. Why? Supposedly to highlight the threat posed by climate change, writes Martin Banks. Earth Hour, organiszd by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), began […]

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MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

A senior Member of the European Parliament has accused Albania’s main opposition party of effectively blocking reforms widely seen as being vital in keeping the country’s EU accession ambitions alive, writes Martin Banks. Slovakian centre-right member Eduard Kukan was highly critical of the current position of Albania’s Democratic Party (DP) which, he warned, threatens to […]

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With #ECHA finding on glyphosate, science has prevailed

With #ECHA finding on glyphosate, science has prevailed

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week’s finding by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer, is not a carcinogen has been welcomed by watchers. The assessment is based on extensive evaluation of all the available information, including human evidence and the weight of evidence of all the animal studies available, writes Martin […]

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For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the post-COP21 world, most would agree that climate change is a clear threat that needs to be urgently addressed. Faced with American scepticism prompted by the election of Donald Trump, Europe has emerged as the world’s leading advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But simply airing fluffy statements is not enough: the hard part comes […]

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Brussels to host next #Syria donor conference

Brussels to host next #Syria donor conference

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Now into its seventh year, the Syrian conflict has also triggered the biggest humanitarian disaster in modern times. Some 4 million Syrians have fled the country and more than eight million are internally displaced. Addressing the hardship, the European Union, Germany, Norway, Qatar, the UK, UN, and Kuwait will co-chair the ‘Conference on supporting the […]

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EU and leading NGO unite in calling for adoption of key judicial reform in #Albania

EU and leading NGO unite in calling for adoption of key judicial reform in #Albania

| February 24, 2017 | 5 Comments

Leading non-governmental organisation Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) has joined forces with senior European Union political figures in urging members of Albania’s opposition Democratic Party to back planned reforms seen as crucial in boosting the country’s EU accession ambitions, writes Martin Banks. HRWF, a respected, Brussels-based international advocacy group, called the reforms “essential to guarantee the independence of […]

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Billionaire #Soros accused of ‘undermining democracy’ in EU member states

Billionaire #Soros accused of ‘undermining democracy’ in EU member states

| February 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros has been accused of “undermining democracy” in several member states, writes Martin Banks. It is claimed that Soros and groups backed by him have sought to secretly influence politics in Hungary as well as other east European countries. A spokesman for the powerful Soros flatly denied he had been […]

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