China as a global actor and its relation with Europe

On 16-18 November 2015, the 23th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit took place in Manila. The Leaders’ Declaration condemned terroristic attacks, emphasised their commitment for the fight against corruption and a green, ecologically oriented development and the realisation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). It was China that clearly dominated the summit, […]

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What is happening to the soul of Europe?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published an interesting book Is Europe Losing Its Soul? The European Social Model in Times of Crisis in which the collapse of the European Social Model is investigated. Europe is clearly undergoing a period of great difficulties and controversies and the Greek case has highlighted all the contradictions […]

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The strange alliance between Pope Francis and no logo author on environment and climate change

In the middle of the rising tension in Europe about Greece, the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and terroristic attacks, another event attracted attention and surprised many observers: Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, addressing climate change. Yesterday’s press conference for the opening of the meeting People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course organised […]

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TTIP: not just a trade agreement

This is not a free trade agreement and you should not sign it! With these words, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz branded TTIP on 24th of September 2014 during a meeting at the Italian Parliament. As already explained in a previous post, TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently negotiated between Europe […]

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