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Progressive Pod on Climate Apartheid

By Alain Bloëdt / 14 October, 2019

Since May 2015, Professor Philip Alston has been submitting reports to the Human Rights Council in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. His 2018 report was a charge against privatisation and Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post, asks Alston if he considers that to save our planet we...

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The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive

By Frank Lorenz / 21 June, 2018

Until now, the Written Statement Directive has led rather a shadowy life. Things are changing now! The appeal of combining an approach setting EU wide minimum requirements for employment contracts as the EU revises the existing Written Statement Directive is obvious. Looking at the issues in the German context, Dr...

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How should the EU deal with Gaza?

By Jacek Zakowski / 18 January, 2018

It is no overstatement to describe the current situation in the Gaza Strip as a serious humanitarian disaster. A recent report by the UN stated that Gaza will become unliveable by 2020. Rather than providing temporary remedies, the world should address the root cause of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza....

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Europe must protect human rights outside its borders regarding ship recycling and other sectors

By Baskut Tuncak / 12 December, 2017

European ships exported outside the EU for recycling are frequently run aground, mainly in countries in South Asia. Hazardous working conditions and the release of toxic materials are among the human rights abuses that have been reported. A new EU ship recycling law addresses these in part but EU member...

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Re-thinking the EU’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian cross-conflict dialogue

By Rosemary Hollis / 11 December, 2017

The current EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is designed to build mutual understanding and trust at grassroots level. This sounds worthy but does not directly address the core problem of the occupation and only a change of perspective at leadership level can do that.   Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian...

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