Global Europe

Energy 09-12-2019

COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

The COP is meant to pave the way for countries to raise their climate ambition before the end of crucial year 2020. Climate negotiators know that they are under tight scrutiny from stakeholders, first and foremost cities, businesses, and Fridays for Future.
Agrifood 03-12-2019

COP25: Is transport decarbonisation pragmatic enough?

Stakeholders will be meeting in Madrid for the COP25 Climate Change Conference over the next two weeks (2-13 December), and transport decarbonisation is expected to take centre stage in the discussions.
Central Asia 28-11-2019

Multi-vector diplomacy

Lodged between China and Russia, Kazakhstan, a country with huge territory and a modest population, pursues a 'multi-vector' foreign policy, positively engaging with its big neighbours, but also with the US and the EU and the global community.
Air Quality 27-11-2019

Polluted air: the invisible killer

The European Environment Agency estimates that 374,000 Europeans die prematurely every year due to air pollution.
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2019

Frontier Research – A good return on investment?

From healthy lives to sustainable cities, from food security to equal societies – frontier research is often credited to have the potential to produce paradigm-shifting discoveries with economic, societal and policy impacts. With almost 10,000 researchers supported all over Europe,...
Energy 18-11-2019

Raw materials: Aiming for sovereignty

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In face of fierce global competition, how can Europe secure access to key raw materials for the future of its industry?
Future EU 21-10-2019

20 Visions for Europe

We gather 20 unique visions on the next two decades of Europe from public officials, intellectuals, artists, diplomats, athletes, civic actors and business representatives.
Cybersecurity 18-10-2019

Striking a balance: IT infrastructure and digital sovereignty

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As the EU searches for the best path to balance cutting-edge technologies with its future ‘digital sovereignty’, EU policymakers must consider the potential advantages and risks of working with non-EU services providers in technology infrastructure, including 5G.

Future of gas

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Last year, the European Commission started working on a new package of legislation for the gas sector. With the "European Green Deal" now coming up, and updated climate targets in the pipeline, the initiative is set to take a new dimension, focusing on decarbonisation strategies for 2030 and 2050.
Energy 18-09-2019

Aluminium in a low-carbon world

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Just as the European aluminium industry undertakes costly efforts to decarbonise, the sector is finding itself caught up in a trade war involving Chinese dumping and US tariffs that threaten to destabilise European production.
Central Asia 05-07-2019

EU and Central Asia: A new strategy

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On 17 June 2019, the Council adopted a new EU strategy on Central Asia, adapting the EU policy to new opportunities which have emerged in the region.
Central Asia 07-06-2019

Kazakhstan elections

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The presidential election on 9 June was seen in Kazakhstan as crucial for the future development of the country. This was the first one in which the country's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev was not running, auguring for the introduction of more pluralism.
Central Asia 21-05-2019

Kazakhstan: New political realities

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Kazakhstan’s first president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprisingly resigned on 19 March and announced that the Speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will serve as interim leader before the next presidential election, which will take place on 9 June.
EU-China 08-05-2019

‘Belt and Road’: Linking up Europe and Asia

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Six years after it launched its 'Belt and Road' initiative, China promises to improve the transparency and sustainability of its massive transport infrastructure programme as a way to dispel European concerns.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2019

Shaping the future of higher education

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The education sector is facing a process of rethinking to provide future students with new required skills for working and living in a world that is changing ever more rapidly. But also some social aspects need to be addressed.
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2019

Upping the ante on human rights due diligence

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The question of how companies carry out due diligence to ensure that human rights abuses are not taking place in their supply chains, is becoming increasingly prominent. The EU has a patchwork of laws promoting transparency and supply chain due...
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2019

EU social-democrats and a new ‘sustainable equality’ model

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In light of the rise of extreme-right populism, S&D has been pushing progressive political forces across Europe to stick together ahead of the crucial EU elections in May.
Digital 21-01-2019

Europe’s gigabit future

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High-capacity connectivity is vital in scaling Europe's broadband networks across the continent, in the hope of guaranteeing Europe's position at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution.
Circular economy 19-11-2018

The global race for raw materials

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The European Union first adopted a raw materials strategy in 2008, at a time when commodity prices were at an all-time high and fears were running high of a global scramble for natural resources. The financial crash that followed conveniently swept the issue under the carpet. But this may have only been temporary.
EU-China 05-11-2018

A new trade framework for shared prosperity

European countries and companies welcomed China’s new measures to open up its economy and import more goods announced during its first Import Expo organized in Shanghai. But they urged the Asian economy to address some issues including intellectual property rights.
Development Policy 05-11-2018

A new EU-Africa partnership

A new EU-Africa partnership is needed in order to tackle common challenges and fight for sustainable development without leaving anyone behind, according to EU Socialists and Democrats.
Development Policy 09-10-2018

Decentralised cooperation: what future for local to local EU’s development policy after 2020?

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Decentralised cooperation has allowed to better adapt EU’s cooperation policies to the needs of the people in the field. However, with the new negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the role of local authorities in cooperation policies might be at stake.
Central Asia 09-10-2018

Inter-religious dialogue

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Located at a crossroads of different civilizations, Kazakhstan has placed great importance on promoting religious harmony and mutual respect. This year, the country is hosting the sixth edition of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, an initiative which has its roots in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Development Policy 24-09-2018

Putting agriculture at the heart of Africa’s rising

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Farming accounts for around 60% of all jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. Governments, the African Union and the EU are keen to promote the industrialization of the African farming sector. But rapid population growth, the effects of climate change and lack of access to finance are among the threats to the future growth of African agriculture and its capacity to feed its people.

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