Tag: europe

Amid trade wars, countries like #Kazakhstan remain open for business

Amid trade wars, countries like #Kazakhstan remain open for business

| January 11, 2019

The battle between openness and isolationism in world trade is nothing new. However, global interest in so-called ‘trade wars’ has increased hugely of late, due to the escalation of tensions between China and the US. Recently, both countries have imposed a series of tariffs on products, amid warnings from the IMF and others that this […]

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The desperate struggle of #refugees living in #Turkey

The desperate struggle of #refugees living in #Turkey

| January 10, 2019

When refugees flee the misery of the conditions in their country-of-origin for Turkey, they carry little more with them than fervent hopes for a better life. Yearning to finally have broken free of the unbearable hardships of their former existence, it is all too easy to believe this is a chance to leave behind the […]

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#Bulgaria: Whistleblower reveals corruption in the sale of passports goes to the top

#Bulgaria: Whistleblower reveals corruption in the sale of passports goes to the top

| January 6, 2019

Katya Mateva started work in the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice in 2005. In 2012, when she rose to the level of director of the Council for Citizenship, there was a change of government. The new parliament decided to carry out an investigation into the granting of Bulgarian citizenship over the previous 10 years – a […]

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#Africa – Europe: High level forum in Vienna

#Africa – Europe: High level forum in Vienna

| December 24, 2018

The economic and political Capital of Austria, Vienna hosted 18 December 2018 a high-level Forum bringing together European and African political leaders, representatives of major international financial institutions and other development partners. Entrepreneurs from both the private and public sectors also took part. The central theme for some 900 participants was:  “Driving the cooperation in […]

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European Commission refuses to face up to the truth about Romania

European Commission refuses to face up to the truth about Romania

| December 5, 2018

Faced with the rise of authoritarian populism, the EU has struggled to fulfil its mandate as a guardian of democratic standards adopted in the 1990s as a precondition for enlargement to the east, writes David Clark. Enforcement measures initiated against Hungary and Poland earlier this year come fully eight years after Viktor Orban began his […]

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#Migration in the Mediterranean: Why the EU needs Partners in the Region’

#Migration in the Mediterranean: Why the EU needs Partners in the Region’

| November 28, 2018

A conference on ‘Migration in the Mediterranean: Why the EU needs Partners in the Region’ was organised by the Brussels-based NGO European Foundation for Democracy in the European Parliament today (28 November 2018). The conference hosted, by MEP Gérard Deprez (ALDE/BE), Tunne Kelam (EPP/EE) and Geoffrey Van Orden (ECR/UK) focused on current challenges in the […]

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Mob rule in the capital of #Ukraine

Mob rule in the capital of #Ukraine

| November 27, 2018

During my trip to the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv, I was horrified to see the transport collapse on the streets of the largest country in Europe. The frightful traffic jams connected with the snowstorms in the middle of November are not the first case of a complete failure of this megapolise infrastructure to meet […]

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