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Schengen is dead? Long live Schengen!

Schengen needs to be safeguarded in the face of international crises, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Yves Bertoncini and the participants of the Jacques Delors Institute 2015 European steering committee.

The refugee crisis in Brussels is deteriorating rapidly

Citizens engaged in helping hundreds of refugees arriving in Brussels are overwhelmed. The Belgian government should take greater responsibility for the humanitarian crisis, write Elke Zander and Anja Werner. 
Trade & Society 23-10-2015

Trade and human rights in China: The EU must take action

During a visit to Beijing in October, the EU’s Trade Commissioner emphasised the importance of strengthening the rule of law in China. This must be followed up with action, write four human rights organisations.

Unpacking the CMU plan: Who will really benefit?

The European Commission’s plan for a Capital Market Union (CMU), brought the false promise of growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses. In reality, it serves the interests of big investment banks, write a coalition of NGOs.
Languages & Culture 18-09-2015

An appeal from Central Europe on the refugee crisis

Unlike the former colonial powers, Central European states have little experience of co-existing with people of different cultures. But in refusing to help, they undermine the solidarity that other nations have shown towards them, write politicians, artists and intellectuals from Central Europe.
Pound sterling and euro notes
Brexit 30-06-2015

Cameron should not ignore EU Capital Markets Union reforms

Many small business in Europe struggle to get the financing they need. Here’s how to fix it, write Thomas Aubrey, Renaud Thillaye and Alastair Reed.
Development Policy 19-05-2015

Conflict minerals: Will Europe be on the right side of history?

The European Parliament must strengthen the EU’s position on conflict minerals to protect the world’s most vulnerable citizens, write Lucy Graham and Michael Gibb. 
Global Europe 07-05-2015

European war games: Responses to Russian military drills

The Nordic and Baltic states are working to boost security cooperation in response to Russia's military activity in the region and the security buildup on both sides is expected to continue, writes Stratfor.
Development Policy 09-03-2015

Open letter: Poverty is sexist

ONE, the campaigning and advocacy organisation co-founded by Bono, asked a group of business leaders, artists, and activists to send an open letter to two influential women.
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Trade & Society 13-01-2015

Trading and being treated fairly: Why European industry needs investment protection

Clauses similar to the Investor-State Dispute Mechanism (ISDS) being discussed as part of EU-US trade negotiations have existed for well over 30 years, and has only ever been used as a last resort, writes a coalition of business organisations. Above all it cannot, and has not been used, to overturn governments’ ability to regulate, they claim.
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Agrifood 28-07-2014

Commission needs to comply with promised launch of sustainable food communication

The promised launch of the Communication on Sustainable Food by the European Commission, initially planned for 2013, has once again been postponed. This is a significant set back for the much-needed reevaluation of Europe’s food system, write a group of NGOs.
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The sustainable sourcing of materials is crucial to the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / The sustainable sourcing of raw materials is a crucial phase at the beginning of the economic cycle. Yet this initial sourcing phase has so far been largely neglected by targeted EU resource efficiency policies. “But it’s time for change,”, said WWF, Unilever and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).
Europe's East 14-05-2014

Putin’s ploy in Ukraine should be resisted at the ballot box

Vladimir Putin's ploy to show that he is not in control of the pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine is working well. The world now wonders if the Russian president is truly in control of the situation in Eastern Ukraine, write authors from the EuroMaidan France Collective, calling for Ukrainians to vote massively at the 25 May Presidential election.
Health 14-05-2014

Tackling age-related diseases through better prevention

In an attempt to address the challenges of ageing and demographic change in Europe, a group of MEPs has agreed to work together to bring disease prevention to the top of the European agenda on active and healthy ageing both at EU and national level.
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Agrifood 28-03-2014

For sustainable agriculture, big is beautiful

The EU should 'think big' and face tomorrow’s challenge to feed the world sustainably, argue the presidents of the Dutch and Danish farm organisations. To do so, an EU business policy for the agro-food sector and common European standards for sustainable foods are very much needed, they write.
Pierre Thielboerger and Mark Dawson
EU Elections 2014 27-03-2014

Race to the bottom: Germany’s abolition of the 3% threshold

Some hope the upcoming elections will produce a stronger and more politicised EU Parliament. But this hope has been dashed by the court ruling in Germany that quashes the 3%-electoral threshold, write Mark Dawson and Pierre Thielboerger.
Global Europe 26-03-2014

Xi’s European tour and China-EU relations

Ahead of the first ever visit to the EU headquarters by a Chinese head of state, Dr. Frauke Austermann and doctoral researcher Anastas Vangeli look at the challenges and prospects of Sino-European relations in the light of the most pressing issues at hand, including the differences of approach of the Ukrainian question.
Enlargement 20-05-2009

The cost of no Turkey

"When Turkey is admitted as a member of the EU, the new Union will be in a much better position to project open society values in the world," writes Hakan Altinay, executive director of the Open Society Foundation, in a May paper.
Trade & Society 14-04-2008

Addressing consumer concerns about climate change

As climate change moves up the political agenda, consumers are beginning to push corporations to address the effect they have on the environment, says a March 2008 strategy paper published by consulting firm McKinsey. Meanwhile, corporations are responding to consumers' needs by providing better products and company benefits, it says.