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MEPs slam EU over ‘grave’ human rights abuses following Tunisia migrant deal - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 16:46
EU lawmakers have accused the European Commission of ignoring ‘grave violations’ of human rights in its ‘cash for migrant control’ agreement with Tunisia in a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen published on Thursday (27 July). 
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How carbon pricing affects Europe’s decarbonisation - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 16:33
Reforms undertaken as part of the European Green Deal, including the recent update of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), are helping to accelerate the EU's decarbonisation, write Gabriel Papeians and Stefan Feuchtinger.
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ECB hikes rates for ninth time, despite recession fears - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 16:32
The European Central Bank raised interest rates for the ninth consecutive time even as the risk of recession is growing.
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The Brief — Up close and personal with wildfire - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 16:20
In this extremely hot summer, wildfires are raging in many countries across our continent, especially in the south. We usually blame them on climate change and extreme weather.
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DRAFT REPORT on the implementation of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe - PE749.124v01-00

DRAFT REPORT on the implementation of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Development
Michael Gahler, Pedro Marques, Charles Goerens, Tomas Tobé

Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP
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July hasn’t been hotter in 120,000 years - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 15:30
July 2023 is expected to become the warmest month ever recorded, with global temperatures approximately 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. And this is just a "foretaste of the future", the World Meteorological Organization warned.
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Why the new German hydrogen strategy needs Šefčovič - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 15:08
The new German hydrogen strategy takes itself and the EU closer to the front of the pack, but to close the deal, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic is needed, writes Jorgo Chatzimarkakis. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is the CEO of the industry...
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Germany gives up on EU-wide meat labelling regulation, tables national one - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 15:05
The German government has adopted a regulation extending the scope of the country’s mandatory origin label for meat after agriculture minister Cem Özdemir said the European Commission did not deliver on its promise for an EU-level proposal.
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Brussels greenlights €40 million for Germany’s first permanent LNG terminal - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 15:04
The EU has given the green light to Berlin to provide €40 million in state support to construct the country’s first on-shore LNG terminal that will increase security of gas supply and is expected to operate into 2044.
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Germany launches its own green taxonomy for export credits - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 14:52
Germany wants to ramp up export credits for climate-friendly technologies while cutting back support for polluting ones, but without phasing out public funding for fossil fuels entirely, prompting criticism by environmentalists.
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RENPET network residency at KU Leuven

Ideas on Europe Blog - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 13:24


Between March and June 2023, I completed a RENPET-funded research stay at the KU Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences, within the Leuven International and European Studies department” (LINES). By embarking on this residency halfway through my PhD, I sought to get more acquainted with the top-tier research carried out at LINES and gain access to KU Leuven’s outstanding facilities all over Belgium, which include extensive bibliographic resources. 


During my stay, I took advantage of the institution’s proximity to Brussels: I conducted interviews with public officials from EU institutions and attended various international academic conferences and research seminars. My residency was very rewarding – and even surpassed my expectations. 


A Variety of Experiences


Additionally, I had the opportunity to experience KU Leuven’s dynamic academic life, including the Research Day of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Doctoral Programme. I also delivered a guest lecture with bachelor students from American University, as part of a joint programme involving this institution and KU Leuven. My lecture addressed the evolution of global health governance and the EU’s interaction with it, paying particular attention to the effect of crises like COVID-19. This complemented the programme’s overall focus on the EU’s responses to external shocks.  


Closer to the end of my stay, I presented a draft of a book chapter – which will be one of the components of my PhD – at a “LINES session”, in which early-career scholars affiliated with the department discuss their work in progress in an informal setting. I also engaged with LINES researchers and other RENPET members at the 2nd RENPET annual conference, which took place at my home institution (IBEI) in late May-early June. This event allowed me to obtain additional feedback on my research.  


My RENPET residency at KU Leuven has been instrumental in propelling my PhD forward. During my stay, I finalized my first PhD article and submitted it to an academic journal, completed the first draft of a co-authored book chapter, and started working on the third component of my PhD – a journal article within a Special Issue to which other LINES and RENPET researchers will also contribute. In more formal terms, my three-month research stay in a prestigious university abroad will render me eligible for an International Mention, an honorary qualification awarded in the Spanish system that will add value to my PhD diploma. 


My gratitude goes to…


I am very grateful to Dr Kolja Raube (my host at the LINES department) and Dr Katja Biedenkopf (the coordinator of LINES) for warmly welcoming me and assisting me at every step, including in the months prior to my arrival. Special thanks also go out to Charlotte Debeuf (my wonderful office mate), Franziska Petri (my friendly office neighbour and fellow commuter from Brussels), and the rest of professors and colleagues from the LINES department. I would also like to extend my appreciation to Ingrid De Wachter, Greet Louw and Amin Mirabdollah for their kind and resourceful support in various capacities. Finally, I would like to thank UACES and RENPET for their generous sponsorship and for presenting early-career scholars with this valuable opportunity, among many others. 


More About the Author


Óscar Fernández is a PhD candidate in the program Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kissack. He obtained a predoctoral contract from the H2020 research project ENGAGE (Envisioning a New Governance Architecture for a Global Europe). His fields of interest are the European Union’s external action, global health governance, international security, and conflict management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Pompeu Fabra University, a Master’s degree in Advanced European and International Studies from the Centre International de Formation Européenne, and a Master’s degree in Internationalization from the University of Barcelona. Prior to joining IBEI, he was senior researcher at the EsadeGeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and junior researcher at the World Health Organization. 



The RENPET network invites applications from PhD students and Early-Career Researchers (within 5 years of their PhD) working in EU Foreign Policy, EU external relations or related fields to apply for bursaries to support an extended residency (2-3 months) at one of the network institutions. Find out more on the RENPET website. Apply for a residency via the UACES website.  

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New EU 'Youth Test' to check policies for 15-29 year olds - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 13:22
To date, existing measures to give young people a say in the policies that affect them have either been limited to areas such as culture or education, or have been designed for young people rather than with or by them.
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EU Commission investigates Microsoft over alleged bundling of Teams - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 12:29
The European Commission opened a formal investigation on Microsoft on Thursday (27 July) over concerns the company might have bundled its collaboration product Teams with its productivity software part of the Office package.
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Pharma industry: Proposed ‘forever chemicals’ ban would stifle innovation, access to drugs - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 12:26
A recently proposed universal ban on ‘forever chemicals’ in the EU would have a negative impact on pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicines, the pharmaceutical industry has warned.
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[Opinion] Why Spain's Popular Party is doomed to fail - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 12:25
Alberto Núñez Feijóo made three big mistakes during the election campaign that led to the Popular Party's underperformance.
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US-EU AI Code of Conduct: First Step Towards Transatlantic Pillar of Global AI Governance? - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 11:05
The recent boom in generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT has spurred a flurry of multilateral initiatives as regulators attempt to respond to the breakneck pace of development of AI systems, write Carisa Nietsche and Camille Ford.
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DRAFT REPORT Implementation of the common security and defence policy – annual report 2023 - PE750.101v02-00

DRAFT REPORT Implementation of the common security and defence policy – annual report 2023
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Sven Mikser

Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP
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Germany aims to tweak CAP plan as green measures fall through - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 10:16
Germany's federal states have agreed on proposals to improve the catalogue of eco-schemes, a new instrument under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to reward sustainable farming practices, whose take-up has so far been lower than hoped.
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French minister blasts NGOs’ ‘permanent spirit of demolition’ on EU farming subsidies - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 10:03
NGOs are suing the European Commission for having approved France's national plan for implementing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) despite allegedly breaching EU law - a move that French Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau calls a "destructive battle".
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EU lawmaker points to mental health risks for online services’ addictive design - Thu, 27/07/2023 - 09:45
A European Parliament draft report about online services’ addictive design paints a damning picture of the mental health consequences of excessive screen time and calls for new EU rules to address the problem. Addictive design, which refers to capturing users’...
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