Human Aid - Development

EP president urges Italian government to let all migrant ship passengers disembark

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has urged the Italian government to allow the Open Arms migrant ship to dock on the island of Lampedusa and allow the more than 100 illegal...

EU’s Copernicus satellite maps to assist Turkey’s Civil Protection Services after 5.7 earthquake

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Following a request by Turkey after the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, the European Commission is providing Turkey with Copernicus emergency satellite maps, according to the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The...

Europe needs sustainable urban development and Copenhagen is paving the way

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The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

UN aid agency stays the course in Gaza

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Following the latest flare-up of violence between the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, the director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza sat...

Zelensky restores Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship

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Just over a week after being inaugurated as Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky issued an executive order on Tuesday that overturned a July 2017 decree by his successor, Petro Poroshenko, that illegally stripped Georgia’s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili...

The challenge of being an ambassador to Ukraine

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Among the biggest challenges for foreign diplomats is an election year in Ukraine. The unpredictability that never wanes, even after the results are in, offers very fertile ground for developing professional skills of the...

RescEU’s first firefighting fleet operational for the next forest fire season

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The first firefighting fleet within the new rescEU framework will be fully mobilised for the next forest fire season and will include seven aircraft and six helicopters. "With rescEU we have an additional safety net in times...

EU releases €27 million in humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

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The European Commission will provide €2 million worth of assistance the most vulnerable families affected by devastating floods in Afghanistan which devastated large parts of the country in early March. The funds will be used to provide...

Where are you from?

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The bell rings and the halls erupt with the sounds of chatter and excitement as hundreds of children run to the dusty courtyard for recess. I joined them to play football but the game...

EU tells Georgia to focus on deeds instead of its ambitions

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While Brussels praised the excellent state of bilateral relations following the conclusion of the EU-Georgia Council meeting on March 5, the EU sharply rebuffed Tbilisi’s call for further actions to deepen its integration into...

EU tells Bosnia to be ‘realistic’ about future membership

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In the run-up to the release of the European Commission’s opinion about the Bosnia and Herzegovina readiness to join the EU, Brussel’s Commissioner for Enlargement negotiations and Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn made clear on March 4...

Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps

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Europe's top human rights organisation issued a scathing criticism of Greece over the "unsuitable" living conditions in the country's overcrowded detention facilities for migrants. The Council said in its report that it received "credible" allegations of...

Hungary blocks joint EU-Arab League statement over migration issue

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The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini had hoped to secure a leadership role for the 28 members of the European Union in their relations with the members of the...

MEPs want to prohibit trade with countries that still have death penalty

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Speaking at the opening of seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty on February 5, a number of European Parliamentarians took the opportunity to demand that the EU prohibit trade with countries who still...

EU humanitarian assistance budget reaches record €1.6 billion

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While the humanitarian crises worldwide grow, the EU has committed its highest ever annual humanitarian budget of €1.6 billion for 2019. According to the information made available by the European Commission, the bulk of the...

Overestimating the EU economy

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The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the OECD predict that, on average, the European Union’s economy will grow by 1.9% next year, a rate that is broadly consistent with the average of...

Inauguration of Georgia’s first woman president is not a sign of progress, but a...

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Despite critical assessments of Georgia’s November 28 runoff presidential election from much of the international community – observers expressed alarm about political violence, intimidation, vote-buying on an “unprecedented” scale, and outright electoral fraud – the victory of...

NATO signs deal with Kyiv to dispose of explosive devices

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The NATO military alliance signed a deal in Brussels with the government of Ukraine to dispose of weapons-grade explosive materials and to implement a de-mining programme aimed at neutralising the thousands of improvised explosive devices that...

Europe in disarray

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It was not all that long ago – just a few years, as hard as that it is to believe – that Europe appeared to be the part of the world most closely resembling...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Additional EU aid to be sent to Rohingyas

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In what could be construed as a course correction after years of taking a hands-off approach to the ethnic cleansing of Burma’s Muslim minority population, known as the Rohingyas, the European Commission announced on...

The world George H.W. Bush made

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I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What...

NATO’s “Bucharest Spell”

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NATO erred in not immediately granting Georgia and Ukraine a Membership Action Plan in April 2008, according to the former head of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This failure sent the wrong signal to Russian...

Angela Merkel’s long goodbye

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With Angela Merkel having announced that she will step down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and not seek re-election as chancellor when her current term ends in 2021, Germany is approaching a watershed...

Georgia’s fragile democracy teetering on the brink

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Free and fair elections are the benchmark for any country that aspires to be a fully-fledged member of the community of free and democratic nations of the world. This concept is none more true that...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Why Italy’s newly proposed budget is the right step forward

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New Europe’s Federico Grandesso spoke exclusively with Massimo Bitonci, Italy's Under Secretary for Economy and Finance, who underlined the positives of the Italian budget plan that was recently rejected by the European Commission, and also discussed some weaknesses that...

Germany’s Angela Merkel and her legacy in the Middle East

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The departure of Germany’s first female chancellor was as unexpected and stealthy as her arrival 13 years earlier. In a brief speech at the end of last month, Angela Merkel announced she would not...

Opinion: Western officials betray both their own taxpayers and the Ukrainian people

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There’s a nauseating feeling of déjà vu. Under ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, USAID took part in the preparation of tests for the hiring of Ukrainian judges. USAID insisted back then that the tests were entirely fair...

The inconvenient truth about Saudi Arabia

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The 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” highlights former US Vice President Al Gore’s efforts to alert his fellow Americans to the perils of global warming. What made the truth inconvenient is that avoiding catastrophic...

LIFE heads for over 50% increase to €5.45b

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On 20 November, the European Parliament’s ENVI committee will vote on the new LIFE programme Regulation, to approve the continuation of the Programme for the next programming period (2021-2027) and to significantly increase its...

Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over LGBT crackdown

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Denmark is withholding 65 million krone (€9 million) in aid to Tanzania for what it says are the homophobic state policies of the east African nation. The European Council also announced that it will review relations...

From economic crisis to World War III

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The next economic crisis is closer than you think. But what you should really worry about is what comes after: in the current social, political, and technological landscape, a prolonged economic crisis, combined with...

EU Commissioner calls for more prevention to deal with climate change

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BRUSSELS – Contrary to US President Donald J Trump’s arguments, climate change is real and Europe should lead the way in taking preventive measures to mitigate the consequences of global warming, EU Humanitarian Aid...

Calls for Transylvania Hungarians’ minority rights gets a voice at EP

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Hungarian MEP László Tőkés has blamed the EU and the Romanian government for undermining the principles of democracy and human rights amid numerous accusations that ethnic Hungarians living in Romania’s Transylvania region have been discriminated...

Naples receives major injection of EU funds for cultural heritage preservation

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For the better part of seven centuries, the Italian metropolis of Naples was the centre of a powerful Mediterranean kingdom that encompassed the whole of southern Italy and Sicily. The city traced its history to...