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«EU leaders made clear on their way in that an agreement would be extremely hard to achieve in a single meeting. And, indeed, they largely stuck to their guns.»

Summit fails to narrow differences over EU’s seven-year budget

EU leaders broke off in the early hours of Friday (21 February) after failing to make significant progress on the bloc’s expenditure for the next seven years. They will reconvene at 10 am this morning to try and make a breakthrough

“We look forward to hearing more on the Commission’s state of thought on the EU’s new digital proposal tomorrow.."

Digital package: citizens’ trust, data flows and EU values for AI will be key, say MEPs

The Industry and Internal Market Committees quizzed Commissioner Thierry Breton on the new initiatives in the digital sector on Wednesday

The EU official explained that, due to the fragmentation among national card schemes, even the strongest European operators offer services that only work within individual member states.

EU eyes single space for European bank cards

The European Commission will present this autumn a strategy on an integrated EU payments market, to facilitate the use of national payment services across Europe and reduce the dependency from international card operators such as Visa or Mastercard

Airlines tickets, telephone intercepts, and pictures of visitors have been used as evidence. These spurious charges were analyzed in the Human Rights Watch assessment of March 2019 and in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment of December 2019.

The Gezi Trial Stunt and Turkey’s Increasing Isolation

The acquittal of Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey

The new EU Central Asia Strategy, adopted in 2019, is an overdue step to rebuild Europe’s presence in the region.

Civil Society – the EU’s best partner in Central Asia

The EU needs to put civil society at the heart of its strategy to rebuild its political presence in Central Asia

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What we really need is people who truly believe in their uniqueness and who can recognize it to themselves. External recognition should be a pleasant bonus, not the fundamental value that everyone recognizes to himself.

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Picasso and why you should not underestimate your value

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The importance of investing in a talent. Why we should evaluate ourselves -based on real data- and how this reflects on our behavior and on our career

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The Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), comprised of UPS, Agility, DP World and A.P. Moller - Maersk, combine the capacity and resources of the logistics industry with the expertise of the humanitarian community.

Analyses

The vital role played by logistics during humanitarian crises

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The magnitude of humanitarian emergencies over the last decade has challenged the traditional mode of disaster response around the world

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Retirement lengths vary around the world, impacted by factors like life expectancy, savings and gender.

World

Which countries’ workers spend the longest (and shortest) in retirement?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

For the first time, there are now more people over the age of 65 than there are under the age of five

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Some countries in Asia, including Singapore and Japan, are responding to demographic shifts and implementing innovative policies and solutions designed to reap the benefits of the longevity dividend.

World

How Japan and Singapore are reinventing old age

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Demographic change has favoured economic growth in many regions around the world. In countries where working-age populations grew more rapidly than the number of consumers, income per capita experienced a boost

Macron believes Russia is essential for Europe’s security. Without engaging its big neighbor, Europe will not be safe.

Europe

Macron’s One-Way Street to Russia

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

France wants a “reset” of relations with Russia, in which values are downplayed and Russia doesn’t have to deliver much in return

Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania opposed the changes, which Eastern EU countries now name the “Macron package” after the French President, who was one of the driving forces behind the proposal.

Europe

Nine EU countries voice opposition to EU ‘Mobility Package’

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The number of countries opposing the EU mobility package grew from six to nine on Tuesday (18 February) when the transport ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Cyprus, Malta and Estonia made their positions clear in Brussels

Today, the Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.

Europe

Shaping Europe’s digital future

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence

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’We can benefit from AI innovation while we are figuring out how to regulate the technology’.

Analyses

3 reasons not to panic about artificial intelligence

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) has gained widespread attention in recent years. AI is viewed as a strategic technology to lead us into the future

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The IPCC Special Report warns that the world is already 1C warmer than pre-industrial levels, and that an increase to 2C would significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

World

49% of world’s GDP now covered by net-zero targets, study says

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Just under half of the world’s annual GDP is now covered by nations, regions and cities that are legislating for a net-zero emissions target, a new study has revealed

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The workplace is rapidly becoming a more flexible construct. In the UK, for example, more than 1.5 million people work from home full-time, nearly twice as many as ten years ago.

Business

Are Offices Obsolete?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the traditional physically co-located office, forcing many Asian companies to work remotely. However, a small but growing number of tech companies are intendedly going “all-remote”. They may well be harbingers of the future of work

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“While some … risks (to growth) have receded slightly, including in the case of Brexit and trade tensions, the recent outbreak of coronavirus is a reason for concern and one which we will need to monitor closely,” the chairman of eurozone finance ministers Mario Centeno told a news conference.

Europe

Eurozone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as coronavirus worries weigh

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday (17 February), in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic

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"The EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is helping to deliver real improvements in global tax transparency."

Europe

Fair Taxation: EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

EU Finance Ministers today updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

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EU Actually

‘Success of European project is measured by delivering on political ambitions not by the size of the budget’

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

At the end of this week, 20 and 21 February, the 27 EU leaders are invited by their president, Charles Michel, for an EU Council summit in Brussels, to discuss the EU’s next long-term budget

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The EU needs to put civil society at the heart of its strategy to rebuild its political presence in Central Asia

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Getting people with disabilities into work requires data

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People with disabilities – estimated to be about 15% of the world population – constitute a largely untapped pool of talent in the labour market. And they face a high risk of being marginalized further as the world of work undergoes rapid transformations, including technological developments, climate change and demographic shifts

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