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By Brook Riley of Friends of the Earth Europe This Friday European heads of state are gathering in Brussels for a special energy summit. Security of energy imports are high on the agenda – and rightly so. The EU is one of the most energy dependent regions of the world, importing close to 60% of… » read more

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By Peter Linton, senior advisor at Burson-Marsteller Brussels. TRANSPORT POLICY is usually seen as running counter to politicians’ rawest political instincts. Offering solutions that cost billions and often stir up media-fuelled opposition from local communities, they rarely get credit and in any event pay off only well beyond the lifetime of the administration that proposed… » read more

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International migration has become one of the fundamental features of a globalizing world as it has increased significantly since 1980s. Even though migration is considered to be one of the major opportunities for development, the EU Member States have not responded to it jointly and consistently. Migration and development are two interlinked phenomena, which influence… » read more

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Posted by Arianna Vitali (WWF), Vanessa Bulkacz (CAN-E), Erica Hope (CAN-E), Brook Riley (FoEE) and Christian Debono (EEB) Yesterday we swapped goulash and red wine for perogis and vodka as our energy-savings tour arrived in Poland from Hungary. Our expectations for Poland weren’t the highest. In Brussels, one gets the impression that the inhabitants of… » read more

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This post was submitted by Rafael. Cómo se lo pasan. La política francesa es un gran guiñol. Bueno, es que la palabra guiñol es francesa. El teatrillo de ‘guignol’ nació por aquí, en Lyon, pero esa es otra historia. Ahora Villepin, el guaperas que dijo ‘No a la Guerra’ de Irak ante la ONU como… » read more

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Posted by Brook Riley (FoEE), Erica Hope (CAN-E), Arianna Vitali (WWF), Christian Debono (EEB) In six weeks time Hungary will take over the EU presidency. With many major legislative proposals under preparation for 2011, this is a critical time for the EU’s climate and energy policy. Decisions made next year will set the stage for… » read more

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Brook Riley, Friends of the Earth Europe writes: The European Parliament seems set on categorizing energy efficiency as the unglamorous policy that nobody takes seriously. Tomorrow, the Parliament’s Energy Committee (ITRE) will vote on a report on the Energy Efficiency Action Plan – the communication from the European Commission which first proposed a 20% energy… » read more

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Sir, Two recent articles transported me to lecture hall a decade ago on a brisk Dublin morning. There my fellow MBA classmates and I received a sound dose of advice, delivered with an unmistakable wink of understanding, from a visiting British lecturer: “Banking is fundamentally a confidence game.” Recently one writer to the Financial Times… » read more

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European Commission estimates that nowadays at least 4,5 million illegal economic immigrants live in the EU member-states. Almost 500.000 persons are every year arrested throughout the European Union. They are usually illegal economic immigrants looking for a better life in a democratic territory. Many of them ask for political asylum, but the political asylum grants… » read more

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Vive the gender gap

So it’s that time of year again. The time of lists and league tables not the least amongst them being the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index Report weforum.org.The Global Gender Gap Index introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking… » read more

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