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(Photo credit: Olivier Hoslet/EPA/Newscom) Big non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Greenpeace can have enormous impact on people’s perceptions of environmental issues. Their campaign against genetically modified foods is a good example. However, when they use that influence to further their own agenda, rather than the public good, it can have very serious consequences. Businesses all over… » read more

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Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention is the only binding mechanism in Europe on combating violence against women and domestic violence. Five years after the Convention was opened for signature, why have only 19 countries ratified it so far? Author: Irene Zugasti What is the Istanbul Convention? The Convention came after years of debate inside the… » read more

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(Photo credit: REUTERS/Christian Charisius) The European Commission recently presented a sustainable energy security package, which concludes that natural gas is the path to “energy security”. Unfortunately, this gas pivot will intensify tensions in an already wobbly union and extend the EU’s fossil fuel dependency. An efficient and effective Energy Union will require true solidarity –… » read more

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(Photo credit: European Commission) The EU-Turkey deal has set a bad precedent to other countries in the world especially those hosting large numbers of asylum seekers and refugees. The deal has the implication that asylum seeking is no longer a right (at least not in the EU) and neither are the provisions of the 1951… » read more

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Photo credit: © European Union 2012 – European Parliament Next month the European Parliament will discuss adopting the Trade Secret Directive. Are accountability and rule of law jeopardized by this regulation? Author: Gianna Merki On the 28 of January 2016 the Legal Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament (JURI) adopted a draft version of the… » read more

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