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ECB LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN ECONOMICS - ECB offering economics master’s degree scholarship to up to five female students Each scholarship student to receive €10,000 per year for tuition and other related costsScholarship one of ECB’s initiatives to promote diversity and gender balance in central banking The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a scholarship programme to support women pursuing a master’s degree in economics in Europe.…
BEWARE OF RUSSIANS BEARING GIFTS - Is Russia’s investment bank a Trojan Horse? According to Virgil’s epic poem, the Aeneid, written between 29 and 19 BCE, in the final stage of the Trojan war at least two people, Laocoön, a priest of Poseidon, and the unfortunate prophetess Cassandra, had grave doubts about the massive wooden horse left outside the gates of Troy by the supposedly defeated…
ILLEGAL STREAMING SERVICE WITH OVER 2 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS WORLDWIDE SWITCHED OFF - The illegal distributers were broadcasting across three continents earning more than €15 million in estimated illegal profits The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) dismantled a large criminal network illegally distributing audio-visual content in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and laundering the criminal proceeds. The investigation, supported by Europol and Eurojust, also involved law enforcement authorities from Belgium, Canada, Czechia,…
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency with a new standing corps of 10,000 border guards - The European Parliament adopted the Commission’s proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard Agency with a standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2027. The Agency will also have a stronger mandate on returns and will cooperate more closely with non-EU countries, including those beyond the EU's immediate neighbourhood. This reinforcement will give the Agency the right level…
NICOLAS SARKOZY Patience. Persistence. Power - Neuilly-sur-Seine, 29 April, 1983... In the City Hall of this wealthy, residential suburb just west of Paris, votes are being counted for the election of the new mayor. Nicolas Sarkozy is eager to find out whether he has managed to convince a majority of city councillors to side with him. It’s a closely run vote between the young Gaullist candidate…
The Norwegian government enterprise Enova supports Equinor’s pilot project for floating offshore wind - The state’s decision to support Hywind Tampen through Enova represents a contribution toward demonstrating a technology that can cut greenhouse gas emissions, and has a potential for global proliferation. llustration-of-the-Hywind-Tampen-project.-Dimensions-and-distances-are-not-realistic-©-Equinor “The development of floating offshore wind is an important milestone for Norway, and for the world. This is an industry where Norwegian business and industrial companies along with expertise and…
DEATH AND TAXES The world’s costly response to the coronavirus - Benjamin Franklin was right when in 1789 he wrote, in a letter to a friend, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” He wasn’t the originator of the phrase, although he is normally credited with it. Daniel Defoe has a stronger claim, writing in ‘History of the Devil’ in 1726: “Things as certain…
PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE HOT SEAT A portrait of Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety - It cannot be easy to become the European Union’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety just before Europe is struck by the worst pandemic in recent history. It would be like being appointed captain of the Titanic just before someone notices that big lump of ice floating in the sea ahead of you. There is an inevitable consequence of something…
“THE DOME”: Chernobyl’s € 2.1 billion new confinement structure - Within months of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Soviet crews contained the radioactive wreckage inside a temporary shelter, a 21-story-tall "sarcophagus." There were many gaps, and most of the sarcophagus wasn't secured to the underlying structure, leaving the enclosure vulnerable to leaking rainwater, settling, and earthquakes. In the latter part of the 1990s, the US firm Bechtel which is one of the world’s most…
THE VALUE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS - The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is a supranational or international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR). The Court is based in Strasbourg, France. The ECHR provides European nationals, and others, a forum that transcends national court authority for adjudication of issues in instances where they believe their human rights, as guaranteed by the European…
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