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Basic income: Feasible for the future

The idea of an unconditional basic income is in fashion. From Finland to Switzerland, from San Francisco to Seoul, people talk about it as they have never done. Twice before, basic income was the object of ...

The need for a european unemployment insurance

In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful plea for the introduction of a European unemployment insurance to stabilize the euro as Europe’s single currency and to provide the European ...

European unemployment: Addressing concerns

Since 2012, when the reform of the EMU began, the possibility of and need for unemployment insurance within the Eurozone has been frequently discussed. The Five Presidents’ Report, which explains so clearly the problem of divergence, ...

The realities of digital democracy

A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies affect democracy, views empirical data as supporting promising potentiality and actuality for using ICT to enhance democratic communication. This can apply to ...

Investing in Education more than in the Coast Guard!

Were you surprised by these attacks? We must stop believing that this phenomenon is new. France, Belgium, Italy, and Germany have experienced terrorism from the extreme left to the far right. Can we compare these forms ...

Is the Fight Against Climate Change the Last Possible Success of Multilateralism?

Multilateralism is often regarded as slow and ineffective. Yet, is there any other way to deal with a global phenomenon such as climate change? Climate change is frequently defined as the largest challenge ever faced by ...

Climate Finance is the Cornerstone of the Paris Summit

We have talked a great deal about climate change over the past decade as a prospective issue. However, we must say it loudly: climate change is now. In the Sahel region, between 1972 and 1984, droughts ...

Action on Climate Change will Deepen Inequality Globally

Climate change and the evolution of inequalities are closely linked and must be assessed on various levels. On a global scale, the dramatically differing situations of countries will determine the consequences of climate change on those ...

Peeling Back the Layers

Delivering on climate financing pledged for developing countries at the 2009 UN climate talks in Copenhagen is expected to be the most difficult part of the deliberations at the Paris climate summit. A recent report commissioned ...

Global Warming and the Fight Against Poverty: A Common Cause

When it comes to navigating the murky waters of climate change, we are not all in the same boat. Some 2.2 billion people around the world already live in poverty, but the United Nations Development Programme ...

Paris Climate Talks Offer Direct Route to Zero-carbon Economies

In comparison to COP15 in Copenhagen (2009) there is much more optimism on the zero-carbon front, and a strong movement for a global renewably-powered economy. New legislations in energy efficiency and skyrocketing renewable energy targets by ...

Energy Transition and Market Pragmatism

The arguments Fergus Green lays out in this working paper clearly demonstrate that clean energy installation is better economically than using brown energy systems and that the sooner we deal with the climate problem the less ...