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Month: February 2014

Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change?

Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele offers a reminder of what should be an obvious fact: if we want to protect the climate as decided in Copenhagen, instead of “reducing” CO2 emissions, we need to achieve zero—or even …

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Parliaments and the EMU: a crossroads for Europe?

Parliaments clearly have a significant role to play in the reformed governance of the European Monetary Union (EMU). However, that involvement is not without its dilemmas. The reformed governance of EMU has brought with it difficulties for parliaments that are ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ in nature. The vertical challenge is that budgetary, fiscal and economic policies …

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Taking on the fight for gender equality

From an early childhood in the Moroccan countryside, to the post of France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has already completed a remarkable journey. However, there is more to come from a 36-year-old who is determined to bring true equality for women in her adopted country. As France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem …

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