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Guest blog post by Mark Demesmaeker, MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists. A wave of politically motivated persecution has swept the territory of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Yet it barely makes it on to our television screens. The methods being deployed by Russian special services are inhuman, using “state terrorism” against civilians. We owe it to… » read more

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Guest blog post by Claudia Broyer, Rolf Schneider, Alexander Schramm, Katharina Utermöhl, Allianz Research The eurozone economy is moving in the right direction, gradually tackling economic imbalances and becoming more resilient. The risk of complacency, however, is high. Europe’s reform journey is still long. The good: Towards a more stable economy With 1.5%, economic growth… » read more

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Guest blog post by Sanford Henry, Partner of Global Resources Partnership. His book “Only Trade Works: A History of Transatlantic Trade’ will be out later this year. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Of the many Mark Twain aphorisms in… » read more

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By Madi Sharma, UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Entrepreneur Europe has always played a key role in the innovation and development of personal care, body hygiene and beauty products. However, its leading position has been progressively eroded in the process of global competition. In promoting European initiatives in this sector,… » read more

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Guest blog post by Bruno Kaufmann, Editor-in-Chief at People2Power. Whether on basic income or animal protection, social insurance or basic rights, citizens’ initiatives give the people a voice both in Switzerland and in the EU. And in both political communities, there are discussions about the future of direct democracy. The European Union has become a… » read more

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Guest blog post by MEP Filiz Hyusmenova (ALDE Group), Marc Tarabella (S&D Group), Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP Group). Giving birth is as old as life itself. Every year in the EU, 5 million women give birth and we don’t give it a second thought. But we need to think again: in 2013 there were an estimated… » read more

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Guest blog post by Jurgi Camblong, CEO and founder of Sophia Genetics. To ensure optimal treatment plans for European patients, we are calling for the swift deployment of recently agreed new European data protection guidelines, and the rapid development of an EU compliant healthcare data pooling framework, which would foster a more active approach to… » read more

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Chris Sorek, Director of Communications at Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa.   The fragile ceasefire in Syria is in effect, sort of. Aleppo and other cities are still under attack but some the intensity elsewhere has lessened. The flow of refugees from Turkey into Europe has slowed down. But, we shouldn’t believe… » read more

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Guest blog post by Astghik Sargsian, Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences. April left the media swamped with twin accounts of the so-called Four-Day War that erupted in Nagorno Karabakh, Caucasus. On the slippery grounds of objectivity, the reports of the more influential media tend to glide towards the narrative of the oil… » read more

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Guest blog post by Dr. habil. Kamal Makili-Aliyev, Leading Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM). It is actually very simple. Contrary to the statements made in the mass media when it covers the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this mountainous region of Azerbaijan is not disputed in any way. It is occupied. So says the… » read more

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