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The European Parliament has recently started to discuss the Nature Restoration Law, which aims to restore the EU's ecosystems. If and when adopted, this legislation will represent a welcomed step forward for the protection of the environment and the fight against climate change. But the way to recognise the importance of biodiversity not only as a good in itself but also for the very existence of humankind is still long and tortuous. It requires a paradigm change in the mostly utilitarian relation humans have with nature. This topic is at the core of the Special Coverage of this new issue of the Progressive Post, Nature and us: why biodiversity matters.
In the Focus Regulating AI: a technological as well as a political feat, we discuss the risks of unregulated artificial intelligence, the tools to protect workers and citizens and the importance of the AI Act, recently approved by the EP, the first-ever attempt to regulate AI globally. The first Dossier, dedicated to Migration: moving away from containment,explores the shortcomings of the EU's approach to migration and asylum management. Finally, in the Dossier Increasing social investment to fight Roma exclusion, the authors argue that the EU's current ethnically-focused Roma policy risks to backfire.