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EU urged to do more to tackle illegal trade in #ivory

EU urged to do more to tackle illegal trade in #ivory

| March 7, 2019

EU environment ministers are holding talks in the hope of agreeing a proposal for further ivory trade restrictions in the next two weeks to be presented at the CoP in Sri Lanka in May. Ahead of that meeting, the EU is being urged to “be brave” and close its markets now like other nations including […]

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#Romania – Secret protocols between intelligence services and prosecutors ruled unconstitutional #SRI

#Romania – Secret protocols between intelligence services and prosecutors ruled unconstitutional #SRI

| January 18, 2019

Secret protocols between prosecutors and the country’s intelligence service, the SRI, were “unconstitutional”, according to a ruling by Romania’s constitutional court, writes Martin Banks. The decision was reached earlier this week and comes just days after Romania assumed the EU presidency, the first time it has found itself at the helm of the EU since […]

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#Brussels – More international than Belgian?

#Brussels – More international than Belgian?

| December 18, 2018

Starting this week and throughout 2019, TV5 Monde, the international French television station, will be broadcasting a reportage about Brussels, designed to understand if the city is more international than Belgian, writes Martin Banks. The aim is to highlight the unique international character of Belgium’s capital. The reportage premiered on 17 December and will continue to be […]

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#MeetMeat – The carnivore’s temple

#MeetMeat – The carnivore’s temple

| December 14, 2018

While recent trends may have veered away from meat eating, less has been heard about the health benefits of eating meat, writes Martin Banks. It has perhaps been less publicized that meat contributes to carrying out vital metabolic functions. Meat also gives one a lot of energy and, since meat contains a large amount of […]

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‘Abide by international standards of press freedom’, human rights organization tells #Ukraine

‘Abide by international standards of press freedom’, human rights organization tells #Ukraine

| December 13, 2018

  A leading human rights organization has called on Ukraine to “abide by the international standards” concerning freedom of the press. The demand by Human Rights Without Frontiers comes after a conference in Brussels this week heard how some journalists are being victimized and harassed by the Ukraine authorities merely for going about their work, […]

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Independent journalists have to flee #Ukraine ‘out of fear for their safety’

Independent journalists have to flee #Ukraine ‘out of fear for their safety’

| December 11, 2018

The plight of journalists in Ukraine has come under the spotlight, with several high profile cases highlighting the need for urgent action by the international community. This was the key message to emerge from a conference on press freedom in Brussels on 10 December – designated International Human Rights Day. The issue of freedom of speech and […]

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#Kazakhstan leaves UN Security Council a valuable legacy

#Kazakhstan leaves UN Security Council a valuable legacy

| December 5, 2018

Kazakhstan aims to “maintain a continuity of ideas” from its two-year stint as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council.  That was the message from the country’s deputy foreign affairs minister in a keynote address in Brussels on Tuesday. Yerzhan Ashikbayev’s comments come with Belgium about to take on a similar two-year role with the […]

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