The EU cut disposable plastics last year. Now we need to do the same for all other resources.

The EU cut disposable plastics last year. Now we need to do the same for all other resources.

Last year the EU passed ambitious new laws to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. That same thinking now needs to be applied to the economy as a whole, argues Meadhbh Bolger, saying Europe can get started by setting targets in its upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan. Meadhbh Bolger is a resource justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, a green NGO. Given the ecological collapse we are in, and that much of it is driven by our high resource consumption and growth-driven economy, it is vital that the…

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Stocks fall as fears of coronavirus hit global markets

Stocks fall as fears of coronavirus hit global markets

Financial markets around the globe slumped on Monday as news of the Italian coronavirus outbreak wiped £62bn off the value of the FTSE 100 and shares on Wall Street tumbled. Shares came under heavy selling pressure in key markets as analysts warned that the threat of tougher quarantine measures outside China to prevent the spread of the disease would hit company profits by hitting supply chains and consumer demand. Investors rushed to buy “safe haven” investments such as gold to protect against steep losses on the stock markets, sending the…

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EU police are planning a massive face recognition database.

EU police are planning a massive face recognition database.

Police forces in the European Union are planning to establish an interconnected bloc-wide network of facial recognition databases, leaked documents reveal. An EU Council report, reportedly circulated among 10 member states last November, details measures led by Austria to legislate for the building of a network of facial recognition databases that could be used and accessed by police forces across the bloc. The documents, obtained by The Intercept, correspond to a series of reports which examine whether the Prüm treaty, which contains rules for operational police cooperation between EU member…

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Kenes Rakishev’s Finney still number one in block chain smartphones

Kenes Rakishev’s Finney still number one in block chain smartphones

Sirin Labs with its Finney smartphone was a bright star of the Year of the Crypto. It managed to attract first-hand celebrities and multi-million investments. It wouldn’t be true to proclaim it as a total and utter success. In fact, it wasn’t designed to be broad-base phone for everyone. It has some market and is quite successful in its own niche. What’s more important is that Kenes Rakishev’s vision of bridging traditional investment and the digital age quite succeeded. Kenes Rakishev’s Sirin Labs has managed to attract the serious pool…

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Prime Minister urges people not to panic despite growing outbreaks of coronavirus

Prime Minister urges people not to panic despite growing outbreaks of coronavirus

The number of people confirmed having contracted the coronavirus in northern Italy rose to 16 on Friday (21 February) but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is prepared to manage the outbreak and people don’t need to be worried. Speaking to reporters at the end of a special EU summit on budget, Conte took the opportunity to reassure the public about the outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Italy. Health authorities have confirmed 14 cases in Lombardy region, in the province of Lodi about 40 kilometres from Milan, while the…

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German court ruled that Tesla can clean trees to build a car factory

German court ruled that Tesla can clean trees to build a car factory

A German court has ruled that clearing of trees from the site of Tesla’s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting the preparatory work. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenburg region ruled on Thursday that authorities had been within their rights to clear the way for work to start. The court had issued an injunction last weekend to give it time to consider the case after an environmental group challenged a lower court’s ruling that Tesla could proceed with…

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The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The Formula One season has yet to begin but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes may have already stolen a race-winning march on their rivals. Hamilton took to the track for the second day of testing in Barcelona using an innovative steering system but one whose legality may still be called into question. Having already been the fastest driver on day one, Hamilton completed 106 laps of relentless running in the morning session. While doing so he was observed to be using the new system, understood to be dual-axis steering and referred…

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Civil society – the basis of the EU strategy in Central Asia

Civil society – the basis of the EU strategy in Central Asia

The EU needs to put civil society at the heart of its strategy to rebuild its political presence in Central Asia, writes Barbara von Ow-Freytag. Barbara von Ow-Freytag is a Berlin-based journalist, political scientist and adviser to the Prague Civil Society Centre, an international NGO supporting and empowering civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The new EU Central Asia Strategy, adopted in 2019, is an overdue step to rebuild Europe’s presence in the region. It offers an ambitious roadmap to re-embed positive European messages in Central Asia. However,…

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EU sees common space for European bank cards

EU sees common space for European bank cards

The European Commission will present this autumn a strategy on an integrated EU payments market, to facilitate the use of national payment services across Europe and reduce the dependency from international card operators such as Visa or Mastercard. The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) provides for uniform credit transfers and direct debits for over 500 citizens in the EU. However, a SEPA for cards is still far from a reality, as national card schemes and banks still don’t see the business case of overcoming connectivity and interoperability barriers and setting…

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Kazakhstan’s venture giant Kenes Rakishev tells about the risky business of being first

Kazakhstan’s venture giant Kenes Rakishev tells about the risky business of being first

Kenes Rakishev’s mainstream business is built around the Central Asian metallurgical giant Sat&Company. His efforts to reclaim scattered assets of the BTA bank around the world are also part of his growth strategy. Kenes Rakishev is also a well-known venture investor. He invested in Fastline Ventures, Telegram’s ICO, blockchain-based Finney smartphone project and Net Element, an American payment processor. He gave an exceptionally informative interview to the well-known Russian “CNews” IT and tech magazine. Kenes Rakishev revealed a lot about the startup scene and his vision of it in particular….

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