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Central Asia 23-11-2020

Kazakhstan elections

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Kazakhstan is to hold parliamentary elections for the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament, on 10 January 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Asian country is inviting observers and journalists and is hoping to attract international attention.
EU-China 20-11-2020

EU-China cooperation on climate change

In September, the EU and China have agreed to establish a High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue to pursue joint commitments in the fight against global warming.
03-11-2020

US Election Special 2020: What to watch and why it matters

A lot is at stake for Europe and the world in the most consequential US presidential election in recent history, after four turbulent years under Donald Trump in which he has turned global multilateralism and transatlantic relations on their head.
EU-Africa 23-10-2020

Civil society’s role at the heart of EU-Africa relations

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Civil society groups in Africa and Europe say that they have been repeatedly shut out of the process of influencing and shaping the agenda for EU-African relations. The result, they argue, is a top-down process between political leaders that is...
EU-Africa 23-10-2020

EU-AU relations – A prosperous partnership of equals

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The EU-African Union summit aimed at finalising a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the two continents may have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament hosted its own three day Africa Week...
Central Asia 06-07-2020

Kazakhstan: recovery and renewal

As Kazakhstan faces a new wave on the pandemic that forced authorities to reimpose a two-week quarantine, the country ponders its future in a post-COVID-19 world.
EU-Africa 31-03-2020

Europe’s role in stopping Nigeria’s ‘silent slaughter’

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Murderous attacks on Christians and ethnic minorities by the Fulani and Islamic terror groups in the northern regions of Nigeria have been going on for close to two decades, leaving more than 60,000 dead.
Azerbaijan 10-02-2020

Modernisation in Azerbaijan

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The key word in Azerbaijan in recent months appears to be modernisation, with opportunities being given to young and well-educated professionals, replacing a Soviet-time old guard.
Energy 16-12-2019

Ukraine gas transit: What’s at stake

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By building the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines, Russia is seeking to circumvent Ukraine for the transit of billions of cubic meters of gas bound to European countries. EURACTIV looks at the issues Europe faces with gas transit at its border.
Energy 09-12-2019

COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

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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

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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

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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.
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