‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and […]

What’s behind the decline in #Bees and other #Pollinators

Bees in Europe In Europe, pollinators are mainly bees and hoverflies, but also butterflies, moths, some beetles and wasps. The domesticated western honeybee is the best-known species and is managed by beekeepers for honey production and other products. Europe also counts about 2,000 wild species. The threat of pollinator extinction The topic has attracted public […]

#ECB – NGOs ask Lagarde to take urgent action on climate change

On 2 December, Positive Money Europe and other NGOs met with Christine Lagarde (pictured) in Brussels in order to formally hand over an open letter urging the ECB to act against climate change. The meeting, which took place shortly before Lagarde’s first official parliamentary hearing in the European Parliament today, was attended by a delegation […]

Political will was not enough for justice reform in #Moldova

The lack of political will to carry out rule of law reforms is frequently the reason why reforms are not fully implemented. The case of Moldova proves that in societies where strong vested interests still persist, political savviness is equally as important as political will. Old and new political power brokers in Moldova struck a fragile […]