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Enlargement 17-06-2019

Will Brussels turn its back – again – on the Balkans?

Will the EU honour its word to Tirana and Skopje or will Brussels – not for the first time – leave the Western Balkans stewing in its own juice? All eyes are on the reaction of EU foreign ministers to last week's inflammatory rhetoric by two Balkan leaders, writes Denis MacShane.
Central Asia 17-06-2019

Kazakhstan’s electoral mood calls for more ties with Europe

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) conducted interviews over the recent presidential elections, revealing a need for further reforms to overcome an oil-dependent economy, while further deepening ties with the European Union (EU), writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
China 17-06-2019

What now for the New Silk Road?

With member states divided, the EU is pursuing a pragmatic approach vis-à-vis China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also raising some issues of concern, writes Fraser Cameron.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2019

From ‘liberalise and patronise’ to a genuine sustainable trade strategy for the EU

The next European Commission must revamp its trade policy for the next five years to focus on sustainability, writes Jude Kirton-Darling.

Natural gas: Part of the problem or the solution?

When the G20 Energy Ministers meet in Japan, they will stick to the old mantra that gas is a bridge fuel and is needed for the energy transition. This is not good news for the climate, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Global Europe 14-06-2019

Trump’s sanctions are working and will prevent war with Iran

The attack of two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday (13 June), which were widely attributed to Iran, shows Tehran is engaged in a series of missteps that will land it further in financial pain rather than war, writes Hagar Hajjar Chemali.

Time to send in the emergency climate responders

With a 12-year cap set by the United Nations’ intergovernmental panel of climate scientists, the clock is ticking to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2030. It is crucial that European leaders back the environmental push, writes Sandrine Dixson-Declève.
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Dropping palm oil is not the answer: Europe’s food manufactures and retailers need to choose certified sustainable palm oil instead

In calling on those already using certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) to speak up for it, Frans Claassen calls on all European manufacturers and retailers to choose only CSPO because time is running out for our forests.
Politics 14-06-2019

Official statistics are a public good for all

No one would even think of driving a car without a dashboard that displays crucial functions such as speed, fuel gauge or engine temperature. Equally essential are official statistics, which provide guidelines for good governance and should be available to citizens.
EU Elections 2019 13-06-2019

Time for Europe to move with the times

It's time for the EU to make the changes demanded by voters at May's European elections, and make the bloc fit to meet the challenges of today's world, writes Sophie In't Veld.

Four policies to shift the needle to net-zero emissions

In order to achieve the EU's goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, bolder strategies are needed to drive sufficient change, writes Måns Nilsson.
Energy 13-06-2019

Newer forces are altering the HVAC market

The residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market could pick up the pace with advances in regulations, technology and a push for carbon fuel efficiency, writes Neil Strother.
Europe's East 12-06-2019

The case for change in Russian foreign policy

Russian Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov recent speech on EU-Russian relations was skilfully made but his claims lack credibility, responds Michael Emerson.

Today’s diets are eating away at our future food supplies, but we can change this

Thousands of overlooked yet beneficial crop species are threatened unless we learn to conserve, farm and consume them, writes Juan Lucas Restrepo.
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Health 12-06-2019

First FIFA Women’s Football Convention inspires diversity and inclusion

The kick-off of the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ was not the only marquee occasion in France last week. On the eve of the tournament, a stellar line-up of global leaders from the worlds of football, politics, business and society assembled in Paris for the first FIFA Women’s Football Convention.
Development Policy 11-06-2019

Open letter to EU leaders: Our sustainable future must start now

EU leaders must end the political inertia on social and environmental challenges by making sustainable development the EU’s top priority for the next five years, say Europe’s leading coalitions of social, environmental and development networks who have joined forces with 150 organisations.

A bitter taste

Europe’s chocolate habit is driving the world’s fastest rising deforestation rates. We need new EU laws to stop this, writes Julia Christian.
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Politics 11-06-2019

Fuelling the Fire: Weaponizing Islam in Europe

“Fuelling the Fire: Weaponizing Islam in Europe” was the title of a panel at this year’s excellent GLOBSEC conference.
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Energy 11-06-2019

The energy storage era is upon us

European citizens increasingly demand energy that is greener and available when needed. European gas storage operators are preparing to become a driving force of that transition by storing excess renewable energy, writes Lubor Veleba.

Will the newly elected MEPs tackle one of the most serious threats to our planet?

The importance of nature to human life is often forgotten, even though we depend on it for fresh water, productive agriculture and many more economic activities. Encouragingly, it seems that there is a growing awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity amongst the general public, writes Janice Weatherley-Singh.

Silence please! Marine mammals are dying

Shipping, oil and gas exploration, military sonar, and underwater construction are all creating an enormous amount of noise that reduce the ability of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife to feed, breed, communicate and ultimately, survive, writes Eleonora Panella.
Central Asia 08-06-2019

Kazakhstan: getting ready to make a new step forward

Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world, with an area the size of Western Europe and a population of more than 18 million citizens, is tomorrow testing the maturity of its democracy, writes Beibut Atamkulov, the country's foreign minister.
Elections 07-06-2019

Ten lessons for British politics from Peterborough and Strasbourg

All is not what it seems in the UK, after Nigel Farage's Brexit party suffered a major setback in its bid to win a seat in the UK parliament, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 07-06-2019

Turkey’s stalled membership will define the future and meaning of the European Union

The EU cultivates the impression that it is desperately cheerleading Ankara’s accession, only to be disappointed. In fact, letting Turkey join would entail a decision over the future of the European Union which no one, for now, seems ready to make, writes Faisal Al Yafai.

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