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Guest post by Dagfinn Høybråten, Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. He was previously Norway’s Minister of Health. World Immunization Week, which is being celebrated around the globe this week, is an important opportunity to highlight the power of immunisation in protecting children against life-threatening diseases,… » read more

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By Thomas Schuster Basically, the European Union intends to adopt the Basel III accord. For that reason the European Commission drafted a capital requirements directive CRD IV (European Commission 2011a) and a capital requirements regulation CRR (European Commission 2011b) in 2011. Both the directive and the regulation were negotiated under the co-decision rule. Parliament and… » read more

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Mario Monti’s mistake

By Alessandra Flora Everybody across Europe knows Mario Monti. Beyond doubt he’s one of the most respected and admired economists and politicians. In 2011, when Italy’s Head of State, Giorgio Napolitano, nominated him prime Minister, after Silvio Berlusconi’s resignation, Monti inherited many problems from the previous governments, above all a very high sovereign debt, an… » read more

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By Fadi Elhusseini Regularly, when spring comes, people expect flowers and green shoots and optimism prevails. Alas, things in the Middle East are quite different. With every spring that comes, people recall the outbreak of the first spark of the current “Arab Spring” that started in Tunisia 2011 and swept Arab countries, wondering what will… » read more

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By Jana Hainsworth At least the EU institutions have understood the urgency of the issue: child poverty is rising and we need to invest now to avoid long-term social and economic decline. Today one in four children in the EU is at risk of poverty or already experiencing it. That equals 25.3 million children. The… » read more

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Although the European elections will only take place in more than a year’s time, in May 2014, the subject already deserves attention now. Today’s exercise aims to present a possible but undesirable scenario. The financial crises we’ve lived with for the last 5 years have an impact on our European construction too. It appears that… » read more

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By Alessandra Flora Italy’s head of State, Giorgio Napolitano, appointed two commissions composed by 10 wise men aimed at sorting out the political crisis and proposing new urgent reforms. Furthermore, Napolitano did not resign and announced he would stay until the end of his mandate, on May 15th. That decision is the proof of President’s… » read more

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By the World Food Programme BRUSSELS – A contribution of €10 million, announced today, from the European Commission’s Directorate for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), has been welcomed by the United Nations World Food Programme, and brings the Commission’s total assistance to WFP for its Syria operations to almost €42 million since the crisis… » read more

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By Nelly Stratieva, Project Coordinator at a management consultancy in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, one of the best performing Asian economies and an example for ethnic and religious tolerance, is poised for the most hotly contested elections in its history. For 56 years, since its independence from the British Empire, Malaysia has been ruled by one… » read more

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By Kolfinna Baldvinsdottir, Vice-President of the Brussels Press-Club Why should (German) taxpayers bail out Russian oligarchs who are in danger of loosing their tax-evaded money? Silly question. Of course they shouldn’t – none of their business. Where did the ECB and the IMF get the idea to rob the savings from guaranteed saving accounts from… » read more

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