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Arms controls: the EP’s fight to convince Member State to respect their own commitments

By Brando Benifei / 15 July, 2019

The European Parliament has been very vocal on arms export control throughout the outgoing legislative term. The main aim was to remind Member States of a commitment they made with the EU Council’s 2008 Common Position on Arms Export. Continuing the fight must be a priority for the new incoming...

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The SPD approach to arms exports: value-driven and pragmatic

By Nils Schmid / 15 July, 2019

In March 2019, the German government decided to extend its ban on selling weapons to Saudi Arabia for another six months. This was a huge success on the part of the German Social Democrats who pushed for the extension. It was also the right thing to do in light of...

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The European foreign policy in a hostile environment

By Rosa Balfour / 9 July, 2019

In a brittle world without enduring strong international alliances, the debate on Europe’s ‘strategic autonomy’ has gained new resonance, but it should not shadow the EU’s unique key international assets in the global economy and multilateral order. Working with global networks to promote norms and public goods is key to...

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Brexit and Trump – involuntary boosts for a common EU defence?

By Ronja Kempin / 9 July, 2019

The idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ has resurfaced in various policy debates with added impetus by the challenges posed by Brexit and Trump. What does this rise in significance mean for the EU? And what direction can the concept give for the Union in the coming years, especially in relation to...

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Health in Europe: reducing inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 2 July, 2019

In a world with so much wealth, how is it possible that so many people have little or no access to healthcare? Or that different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, or nationalities, mean poorer health for some? As a doctor, Social Democrat and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I find this...

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A night to remember: a new dawn for Istanbul (and Turkey)

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 June, 2019

Ekrem İmamoğlu’s landslide victory in Sunday’s re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul will have an important impact not only for the city’s future, but also for the future of Turkey’s ailing democracy. What are the reasons behind this result, which marked the ruling AK party’s biggest defeat in almost...

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Mueller’s report: why it’s not over

By Robert Kuttner / 27 June, 2019

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally sent his report to the Justice Department with no finding of collusion between Trump and the Russian government and no recommendation on whether Trump had obstructed justice, there was a huge sense of let-down among Trump critics and a sense of vindication at the...

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Mueller reveals US and Europe have a Russia problem

By Max Bergmann / 27 June, 2019

While America and the world wait for the Mueller report, it is clear that Russia has launched an attack on the West. It’s time that allies start treating it that way. America is currently in the dark about the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the one conclusion...

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Is free transport ambitious enough?

By Maxime Huré / 17 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of the fight against climate change, ambitious new mobility and transport policies have begun to appear. Making public transport free is one of them. Progressive Post: Free public transport has existed for a while now, is it the environmental argument that has stoked the debate? Maxime Huré:...

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European organic agriculture: future challenges

By Isobel Tomlinson / 11 June, 2019

Organic agriculture in Europe is an economic success story. Organic farming offers a real response to the catastrophic decline in wildlife resulting from intensive industrial farming practices. However, challenges remain, and innovation is needed. The European organic movement with the support of the EU needs to rise to the challenge...

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