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In October Cap Gemini published a report called “Net Zero 2020”. Page 36 had a section on green hydrogen with the declaration “At around €6 per kg, green hydrogen is not competitive today with fossil energies (parity at €1/kg equivalent to €25/MWh)”.

What is the real cost of green hydrogen?

What is the real cost of green hydrogen? Is there a reliable and straightforward way to obtain this cost? What information is needed? Is it valid to compare green hydrogen prices with grey or blue hydrogen prices?

"The rule of law enables the EU to function. The single market works because companies from one member state can rely on consistent laws, consistently applied, in the others."

Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?

Hungary and Poland have vetoed the next EU budget in protest of a new rule-of-law conditionality. What instruments and treaties can Europe use to circumvent Budapest and Warsaw’s hostage-taking?

Vulnerable groups (particularly women, people with disabilities, the elderly, children, migrants, Roma, Travellers and LGBTI+ people), have been disproportionately affected by cuts in government spending, MEPs say, and call for policies that take into account human, economic and social rights.

MEPs warn of deteriorating fundamental rights in the EU

Parliament adopted its 2018-2019 report on the state of fundamental rights in the EU, identifying multiple areas of concern

A recent study revealed that 78% of employees put data at risk inadvertently.

How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

Covid-19 introduced a paradigm shift in working culture. The new era of the “hybrid employee” has required a recalibration of how organizations provide secure, productive and digitally enabled environments for their employees

“European defence suffers from fragmentation, duplication and insufficient operational engagement,” the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell acknowledged.

Europe must seize opportunity for stronger defence cooperation, says EDA chief

With the pressure in the EU’s strategic environment mounting, the bloc should not miss the opportunity of starting to use all the tools at hand to increase its defence cooperation

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"As part of the Commission’s Digital Markets Act, planned for publication on December 9, the executive is set to unveil a list of ex-ante prohibited practices by digital gatekeepers, as well as a market investigation tool that could be used to examine how certain markets are prone to failure."

Europe

Breton reveals details of future digital ‘gatekeeper’ definition in EU law

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The EU’s Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details of the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called “gatekeeper platforms” as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December

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"According to the accompanying impact assessment and the evaluation of National Energy and Climate Plans, the EU will surpass its current target for renewable energy by 1.7%, while it will still fail to meet its current 2030 efficiency target by 3%."

Europe

EU needs mandatory targets and means to save energy

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The European Commission needs to bring in legally-binding energy efficiency targets to support building renovation and give member states the support they need to reach them

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MEPs see a “growing pattern of intimidation aimed at silencing journalists”, citing the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak and his fiancee as examples of the risks faced by investigative journalists.

Europe

Media freedom: EP warns of attempts to silence critics and undermine pluralism

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Parliament is deeply concerned about the state of media freedom within the EU and denounces the violence, harassment and pressure faced by journalists

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"Joe Biden’s election as US president offers the prospect of a reset of EU-US trade relations. Yet, the EU move on US trade policy since the American election has been to impose higher tariffs on US planes and agricultural goods."

World

On trade, politics is still king

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The European Commission likes to proclaim itself a defender and promoter of free trade and the review of EU trade policy, the public consultation on which closed last week, is only likely to double down on that promise. But the reality is much more complicated

The 2018 electoral law reform that aimed to enhance the European dimension of the elections has not yet been ratified by all member states.

Europe

Steps to improve EU democracy ahead of 2024 elections

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Parliament aims to enhance democracy and enable full participation in the European political space, based on lessons from the 2019 European elections

"For many members of the American public, voting has become a confusing ritual, even if one does not take the latest twist into account — a president who refused to accept that he lost the election."

World

US: How to Avoid Another 2020 Election

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The U.S.’s embarrassing problems with something as basic as voter registration should serve as a wake-up call

"The European Commission’s research shows aviation is flying us into the climate crisis, yet they continue to allow tens of billions in taxpayers’ money to flow into airlines’ pockets without restrictions..."

Europe

European Commission must stop flying into climate crisis

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A new study published by the European Commission on the non-CO2 impacts of aviation on the climate crisis confirms that the non-CO2 impacts of air transport is two times worse than its CO2 emissions, as demonstrated by independent scientists

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Deaths from terrorism fell by 15% around the world last year to under 14,000, a 59% decrease since 2014, according to the report issued by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP).

Analyses

Far-right terrorism bigger threat to West than Islamic State – study

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Global deaths from terrorism have fallen for a fifth consecutive year, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index, but far-right attacks have increased by 250% globally, to a level not seen in the last 50 years, with the pandemic likely to exacerbate the trend

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While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women’s and girls’ rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

Europe

Gender Action Plan

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gender Action Plan – putting women and girls’ rights at the heart of the global recovery for a gender-equal world

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A blue ocean mindset uncovers hidden opportunities amid the Covid-era economic crisis.

Analyses

How to Be a Blue Ocean Strategist in the Post-Pandemic World

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve, managers around the world are bracing for new challenges ahead

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Data governance refers to a set of rules and means to use data, for example through sharing mechanisms, agreements and technical standards.

Europe

Regulation on data governance

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What is data governance?

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"According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party won with 48 percent of the vote."

Europe

What Role for Europe as Georgia Heads Toward Political Turmoil?

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Georgia has missed the chance to achieve a coalition government and end the tradition of one-party rule. After its 2020 parliamentary election, the country seems doomed to another four years of oligarchic rule

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Joe Biden and his catnip effect on the EU

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

‘It is a new beginning for the EU-US global partnership’, tweeted (yes, she does too) Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, after she had a phone call with US President-elect Joe Biden

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Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?

Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?

Hungary and Poland have vetoed the next EU budget in protest of a new rule-of-law conditionality. What instruments and treaties can Europe use to circumvent Budapest and Warsaw’s hostage-taking?

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How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

How secure is your data? 3 predictions and 3 protections in the age of hybrid work

Covid-19 introduced a paradigm shift in working culture. The new era of the “hybrid employee” has required a recalibration of how organizations provide secure, productive and digitally enabled environments for their employees

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