“Climate crisis and its consequences are happening here”

“Climate crisis and its consequences are happening here”

Youth For Climate Luxembourg is organising its next climate strike on Friday, 24 September.  Zohra Barthelemy, who oversees the movement’s public relations and logistical support, speaks about the movement, its goals and how it is wary of being used by local politicians. Teodor Georgiev: Youth For Climate (YFC) Luxembourg has no president but only members. Why was a hierarchy not established? Zohra Barthelemy: We see ourselves as a movement and as something that’s really dynamic, and that is open. And we think that hierarchies are harmful to this. Hierarchies for…

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Three ways G20 countries can set an example ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit

Three ways G20 countries can set an example ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit

In the recently adopted Matera Declaration, the world’s largest economies committed to addressing global food security and nutrition. But as the latest Food Sustainability Index (FSI) shows, this effort must begin at home. A new assessment of the G20, which includes among others the UK, the US, France and Italy, found room for improvement on food sustainability not only for their own sakes but also to set an example for the rest of the world as the UN prepares to host the first Food Systems Summit. With the latest figures…

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Portuguese government to review legislation against racism

Portuguese government to review legislation against racism

Portugal has said it will review its anti-racism laws, including those concerning fines and sanctions, the government announced in its national plan against racism published on Wednesday. In the National Plan to Combat Racism and Discrimination 2021-2025 – Portugal against racism, the government has committed to “assess the possible revision of the legislation on combating discrimination and hate speech […] in the scope of administrative offences.” The government has also announced the goal of “strengthening the system of sanctions for misdemeanours, reviewing the framework of fines and sanctioned conducts.” Article…

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Poland to build fence, double troop numbers on Belarus border

Poland to build fence, double troop numbers on Belarus border

oland will build a fence along its border with Belarus and double the number of troops there, the defence minister said on Monday, to halt a flow of migrants the European Union says is being driven by Minsk in retaliation for EU sanctions, write Kacper Pempel, Alan Charlish, Alicja Ptak and Pawel Florkiewicz. Poland and fellow EU states Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp increases in migrants from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan trying to cross their borders. The EU says Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is waging “hybrid warfare”…

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The need for change to be the main motive at the annual EAPM meeting

The need for change to be the main motive at the annual EAPM meeting

Good morning, health colleagues, and welcome to the first European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) update of the week – we have news of an upcoming EAPM event in September that will take place during the ESMO Congress, writes EAPM Executive Director Denis Horgan. ‘The need for change’ The conference, EAPM’s ninth annual event, is entitled ‘The need for change – and how to make it happen: Defining the health-care ecosystem to determine value’. The event will take place on Friday, 17 September from 08h30–16h30 CET; here is the link…

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How to ditch friends and make enemies: a class from Ukraine on the 30th anniversary of Independence

How to ditch friends and make enemies: a class from Ukraine on the 30th anniversary of Independence

On August 24, one of the largest countries in Europe – Ukraine – celebrates the 30th anniversary of Independence. In 1991, the world witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the emergence of fifteen new states. Ukraine got a generous share of the inheritance: a developed industry, aircraft construction, ship industry, space enterprises and fertile land. But instead of developing these riches while looking for allies, things went wrong in Ukraine: the industry was plundered by the newly-appeared oligarchs, the land began to be depleted by businessmen hungry for…

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EU acknowledges it will have to talk with the Taliban to secure safe passage of EU and local staff

EU acknowledges it will have to talk with the Taliban to secure safe passage of EU and local staff

Foreign affairs ministers held an extraordinary meeting (17 August) to take stock of the situation in Afghanistan. Ministers called for the respect for fundamental rights and the safe passage of EU citizens and local staff, acknowledging that in order to do so they will have to deal with the Taliban. The EU is also in touch with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries to discuss support for the anticipated migratory impact of the Taliban takeover. EU High Representative Borrell recognized the “momentous” developments as the most significant geopolitical event since the annexation of…

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Conference on the Future of Europe: Time for your ideas

Conference on the Future of Europe: Time for your ideas

The Conference on the Future of Europe is looking for your ideas on how the EU should change and what it should focus on. Now is the time to get involved, EU affairs. After its official launch in spring, the Conference is entering a crucial stage: it needs to get as much input from citizens as possible on how the EU should face the challenges of a changing world. More than 5,000 ideas have been submitted to the online platform, on topics ranging from the climate emergency to European democracy….

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Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

The National Council of Cyprus has called on Greek Cypriots to avoid appealing to a commission established by the pseudo-state occupied by Turkey in northern Cyprus in order to take back their properties, saying this would pose severe threats for national security. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 20 July paid a visit to Varosha, a resort fenced off by the Turkish army immediately after the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The Greek Cypriots who fled from Varosha were not allowed to return and with public entry prohibited, it has…

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New EU fund aims to cushion social impact of climate policies

New EU fund aims to cushion social impact of climate policies

The European Commission will launch a fund to alleviate the societal cost of expanding the EU carbon market – the emissions trading scheme (ETS) – to buildings and road transport, according to a leaked draft seen by EURACTV. The EU executive is due to announce a new package of climate legislation on Wednesday, aiming to bring the EU in line with its new 2030 objective of cutting emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. The legislative package includes a planned extension of the EU ETS to heating and transport fuels…

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