The EU and UNESCO Sould Not Allow Hagia Sophia to be Captured by Turkey’s Religious Nationalists

The EU and UNESCO Sould Not Allow Hagia Sophia to be Captured by Turkey’s Religious Nationalists

For 1,500-years, Hagia Sophia, once the greatest religious building in the Christian world, has held a deep significance for the people of what is now known as Istanbul (formerly Constantinople). Completed in 537 A.D. by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, the complex became the seat of the Eastern Orthodox patriarch and the site of Byzantine imperial ceremonies.

The Green Recovery Package: Harnessing the Private Sector

The Green Recovery Package: Harnessing the Private Sector

The European Commission’s proposed green recovery package is an encouraging sign that governments are finally taking a transformative approach to climate change. After decades of incremental progress, it has taken a global crisis for us to finally face up to the task at hand. But this will mean nothing if the rest of the world’s governments, companies, and private investors don’t follow suit.

How an “Εconomic Scandal” in Greece Transformed Into a Political Conspiracy

How an “Εconomic Scandal” in Greece Transformed Into a Political Conspiracy

In early 2018, the SYRIZA government in Greece, announced “the biggest corruption scandal of all time” that involved top members from the previous centre-right government. These included 10 prominent politicians, two ex-prime ministers, the governor of the Central Bank of Greece, the then-Commissioner of Greece in the EU and six other ex-ministers who were accused by three whistleblowers of “accepting bribes” from the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Novartis.

China, the Colonizer of Southern Africa

China, the Colonizer of Southern Africa

China is about to grab the sea route around the southern tip of Africa. China is upgrading harbors, airports and roads in the RSA and Namibia. China is building huge barracks at Keetmanshoop, Karibib and Grootfontein and in the RSA, stocked with Chinese military vehicles and equipment.

The Best “Little Help From our Friends” that the Balkans Can Get

The Best “Little Help From our Friends” that the Balkans Can Get

On June,25. the vote on the Sabac municipality in Serbia, the only town governed by the opposition, was annulled by the electoral authorities. Evidence of vote buying and ballot stuffing was sufficient for ordering an election repeat. Three days earlier in Brussels, an MEP speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), questioned wether the requirement to initiate proceedings against those accused of vote buying in Albania was properly communicated to the country’s authorities and civil society.

Setting the Right Course for Sustainable Biomass in Europe

Setting the Right Course for Sustainable Biomass in Europe

In recognition of the daunting global sustainability challenges we face, the European Green Deal is one of the flagship initiatives of the new European Commission. Understandably, groundbreaking new proposals like the Climate Law are front and centre in Brussels. The commitment shown by EU policymakers is to be applauded but we must also get the technical details of all legislation right; EU energy laws must be fit for purpose.

EUSEW Focuses Clean Energy Technologies, Greening EU Recovery

EUSEW Focuses Clean Energy Technologies, Greening EU Recovery

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) kicked off on June 22 in an entirely digital format, focusing on renewables and energy efficiency. Entitled “Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth,” the five-day event focuses on the European Green Deal, the EU Recovery Package and how clean energy policies can help Europe rebound from the crisis.

EU Leaders to Meet in July for Recovery and Budget Talks

EU Leaders to Meet in July for Recovery and Budget Talks

After hours of videoconference discussions on the bloc’s long-term budget and Coronavirus recovery package, EU leaders on Friday pledged to reach an agreement next month. The EU27 leaders held talks with the EU institutions’ chiefs, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel and David Sassoli, on the around €1.1 trillion Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 and the Commission’s proposed €750 bn recovery package.

Israel, Greece Advance Energy Projects

Israel, Greece Advance Energy Projects

During the visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Israel, Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz signed a Joint Declaration on Energy Cooperation on June 16 in Jerusalem, in the framework of advancing joint projects that boost the two countries’ energy security, Greece’s Environment and Energy Ministry said in a statement.

UN Atomic Watchdog Head Calls for More Access in Iran

UN Atomic Watchdog Head Calls for More Access in Iran

The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency said Monday that Iran must provide inspectors access to sites where the country is thought to have stored undeclared nuclear material. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mariano Grossi said he had made his case with “Iranian authorities at higher levels”.

EU Says China Behind ‘Huge Wave’ of COVID-19 Disinformation

EU Says China Behind ‘Huge Wave’ of COVID-19 Disinformation

In an unprecedented move for the EU, the European Commission accused Beijing of running a ‘huge wave’ of disinformation campaign inside the bloc. “Foreign actors and certain third countries, in particular Russia and China, have engaged in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns around COVID-19 in the EU, its neighbourhood and globally,” the EU’s Executive arm said in a policy paper published on Wednesday.

Land Value Tax for Social Peace

Land Value Tax for Social Peace

Taxation is the key to both economic development or stagnation and continued enrichment for the few and misery for the many. But before this is turned to an instrument of justice and prosperity for all, a change of mind is necessary. Our general human condition reminds me of the well-known cave story that Plato uses to show common understanding. In his work The Republic, Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived shackled to the wall of a cave and facing a blank wall for all of their life.

When the Minister Speaks

When the Minister Speaks

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the agricultural sector in Bulgaria has been marked by scandals. Due to reckless political decisions that were made without any justification, farmers have not received adequate support. On May 14, the European Commission announced that it decided to send a formal notice to Bulgaria regarding discriminatory measures imposed on retailers.

Uzbekistan to Sell 100% of Large Chemical Enterprise

Uzbekistan to Sell 100% of Large Chemical Enterprise

Uzbekistan put up for sale 100% government stake in Nukus Polimer, which is located in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, the press service of the State Assets Management Agency of Uzbekistan said on June 1. The starting price of the stake is 70.1 billion som ($6.9 million).

EU Agency Says ISIS Returnees Should be Charged With War Crimes

EU Agency Says ISIS Returnees Should be Charged With War Crimes

ISIS fighters returning to Europe from conflicts in Iraq and Syria should be charged with war crimes and genocide, said the Genocide Network, an agency backed by Eurojust that investigates core international crimes. In a report unveiled on May 23, the Genocide network said that a number of terrorist organisations including ISIS,