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The continued funding of projects like gas pipelines until 2021, and the modernisation of existing fossil fuel infrastructure beyond 2021 threatens the EU’s climate commitments.

New EIB funding policy threatens EU climate commitments

The European Investment Bank’s new policy will limit funding for new fossil fuels projects starting at the end of 2021

Consider some of the key elements of the conflict in Syria that have thus far functioned to Russia’s advantage.

Has Russia forged a new international security role?

Russia is visibly capable of exercising significant influence on carefully selected matters where conditions allow Moscow to make the most of its strengths, whether military, diplomatic, or economic

“Turkey’s acquisition of sophisticated Russian military equipment, such as the S-400, creates some very serious challenges for us and we are talking about it constantly,” Trump told a joint news conference.

Despite ‘wonderful’ meeting, Trump and Erdogan fail to resolve conflicts

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (13 November) pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defence system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as “wonderful.”

On May 1, 2018, Brazilian unions held the country’s first united Workers Day rally in decades in Curitiba. Thousands came. They returned for major actions every few months: New Year’s, the anniversary of Lula’s imprisonment, Lula’s 500th day in jail.

Brazil is in split, can former president Lula boost Brazil’s left or will he help unite the far right?

Lula’s freedom was never a foregone conclusion even after Brazil’s Supreme Court decided recently that it was unconstitutional to jail defendants before they had exhausted their appeals

“It’s not a luxury, it should be an obligation,” said Metz, who spoke last month at the annual conference of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) in Brussels.

Green MEP calls for EU action plan on alternatives to animal testing

All initiatives to promote alternatives to animal testing are welcome, but lawmakers should be bolder and impose some mandatory measures as well, Luxembourgish MEP Tilly Metz has said

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Participation in protest movements risks becoming a substitute for engagement in party politics, in government or in civil-society institutions. Marching is great—but letting it crowd out more substantive forms of political activity is not.

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Youth movements are the fool’s gold of politics

Friday, November 15, 2019

Demonstrations make for selfies and virtue-signaling, not political change

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Even more than her fellow South Carolina politician Lindsey Graham, Haley illustrates how deep the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party has gone.

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Is “Trumpism” the Future of America?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Nikki Haley from Trump skeptic to Trump cheerleader, the former UN ambassador has followed the trajectory of the GOP

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PiS’s ideology is muscular Roman Catholicism. It is a nationalist, authoritarian party. The party may pride itself on its anti-Communism and has indeed a different ideology.

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Poland’s Catholic Neo-Communists

Thursday, November 14, 2019

PiS aims to create a repressive, homogeneous society not much different from the late unlamented Polish People’s Republic — albeit in the name of Jesus Christ, not Karl Marx

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Humans, not machines, are often the biggest weakness criminals can exploit. Nearly all cyberattacks require a person to click on a malicious link or directly interact with malicious actors.

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Why law enforcement and businesses need to join forces to fight global cybercrime

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The digital revolution is changing the way law enforcement protects communities and the way businesses manage risk

Called “Climathon”, the initiative gives people the chance to work directly with their local towns and cities in addressing climate change.

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Finding answers to the challenges of climate change

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The public has been urged to get involved in a citizen-led movement designed to tackle the climate emergency

Caroline Freund, in her book “Rich People, Poor Countries,” shows that in 2014 63% of Russian billionaires’ wealth came from dubious sources such as privatization schemes, mineral resource wealth (which is almost always connected with state-given privileges) and outright political connections.

Europe

Putin’s Oligarchs and Yeltsin’s Oligarchs: All the Same?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Putin oligarchs are billionaires which serve at the discretion of the state. The original Yeltsin-type oligarchs owned the state

Electronic banknotes are much safer than any other banknote since they cannot be counterfeited.

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The first central bank digital currency has come into reality

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Eventually, Tunisia seems to be the winner, as for the blockchain-based national currency! The "e-dinar", that is the first digital currency organized by a Central Bank, has just officially been issued

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"If we don’t make a deal, we’re going to substantially raise those tariffs," the president said.

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Trump says US could ’substantially’ raise China tariffs if deal isn’t reached

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vacillated between optimism toward trade negotiations with China and renewed escalation threats, sowing uncertainty about the fate of an interim trade agreement between the largest economies

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Consider artificial intelligence (AI). This technology has the potential to augment human decision-making, eventually replacing notoriously subjective human processes with something fairer, more consistent, faster and more scalable.

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We must bridge the gap between technology and policymaking. Our future depends on it

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Technologists and policymakers largely inhabit two separate worlds. It’s an old problem, one that the British scientist CP Snow identified in a 1959 essay entitled The Two Cultures

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The EU has repeatedly warned Turkey to stop exploratory drilling activities in what Cyprus says are its territorial waters, to no avail, and last month EU foreign ministers asked officials to create a sanctions framework.

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EU takes step closer to Turkey drilling sanctions

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The EU on Monday (11 November) moved a step closer to imposing sanctions over Turkey’s drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus by formally adopting a legal framework to target those involved

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‘’The maritime technology sector provides more than 1 million jobs in Europe. These are high-quality jobs and are crucial for many communities and regions across Europe. We cannot lose these jobs due to unfair trading practices in other countries,” Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary for industriAll Europe, said.

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European Shipyards, Manufacturers Urge EU to Safeguard Industry

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

European social partners for the maritime technology sector have once again called upon EU policy-makers to adopt a dedicated European industrial strategy for the sector

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The gap between emotional responses to climate change and the practical steps needed to combat it was illustrated when Chile announced that rioting and civil unrest prevents it from hosting next month’s COP-25 climate change summit.

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Greta Thunberg’s activism lays a false Climate Change trail

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Few would contest the European Union’s claim to have triggered, and then led, the late 20th century’s worldwide debate on climate change

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New EIB funding policy threatens EU climate commitments

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The European Investment Bank’s new policy will limit funding for new fossil fuels projects starting at the end of 2021

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