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  • In terms of “Positive image” of the European Parliament, Ireland leads with 54%, followed by Bulgaria 49%, Malta 46%, Luxembourg 46%, Portugal 44%, Romania 43%, Germany 41%, Poland 38%, Netherlands 37%, Hungary 36%, Italy 36%, Sweden 35%, Belgium 34%, Austria 33%, Denmark 33%, Slovakia 32%, Lithuania 31%, Croatia 31%, Slovenia 28%, Cyprus 27%, UK 27%, Greece 27%, Finland 26%, Latvia 25%, France 20% and the Czech Republic is at the lowest with 18% of positive opinions. The EU average is 33%.
  • First of all, Greece is the only country that has promoted a comprehensive active diplomatic agenda for stability and cooperation in one of the most important but also unstable regions in the world.
  • For more than a decade, the EU and India partnership had been slow-moving and fragmented, struggling to maintain momentum. The relationship remained far too focused on set-piece summits rather than fostering dynamic everyday linkages. Meetings, including summits, would be ritually cancelled and the paucity of high-level bilateral visits revealed a lack of political will. Unfairly large emphasis was laid on foreign policy cooperation, but on many issues divisions far exceeded commonalities, leading to disappointment and an overall delusion in the potential of the partnership.
  • In terms of bare minimum, the adequate level of UBI is determined by the degree to which it would guarantee the financial means for the daily 2,500 calorie intake needed for survival. A higher level of UBI would also buy clothes and shelter. There are ongoing and planned basic income experiments in Finland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Ontario, Scotland, Uganda and the United States. In all of these, benefits do not go beyond the absolute poverty threshold. But poverty is a relative concept. People are poor if they cannot fully participate in the societies in which they live. This notion applies not only to affluent societies in Europe and in the US, but also to low and middle-income countries.
  • There are now an average of 500 demonstrations a day in China, albeit largely peaceful. The regime believes that the greatest threat emanates not from possible military attacks from foreign powers, but uprisings among their own people that could be triggered by a spark on social media.



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Sustainable Investment Forum

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Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum

The Forum refers to international conference aiming at highlighting cross‐border cooperation, enhancing bilateral and multilateral relations, strengthening business opportunities and promoting economic growth and sustainable development among the 17 States of the Balkans and Black Sea Region

Mobile World Congress 2017 - The next element

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Populism, the three-headed monster

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The shape of hierarchy and why it matters

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NAVIGATOR Forum 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In a world of belligerent nationalisms, it’s not just Catalonia that needs cool-headed mediation

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Political mindset: five lessons for CEOs

Monday, October 09, 2017

3 ways the future of work can be fair as well as flexible

Friday, October 06, 2017

Multi-tasking eats 40% of your day. Here’s how to fight back

Friday, October 06, 2017

Seven things we learned about China in September

Friday, October 06, 2017

The next ten years of BRICS - will the relationship last?

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Digital democracy could engage citizens in Europe

Thursday, October 05, 2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Thursday, October 05, 2017

How boards will look in ten years

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Catalan questions

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Parliament poll: Public confidence in the EU is growing

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Editor’s Column

In a ‘constructive’ Brexit spirit May repeats: ‘better no deal than a bad deal’

By: N. Peter Kramer

In her speech in Florence (Italy) at the end of September, UK Prime Minister May made clear that Britain will not leave the EU on March 30 2019, the date that the EU Withdrawal Bill will be enacted and the UK membership will be terminated officially


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