Politics of the Corona Virus?

Concern has been voiced about the impact on Taiwan of the coronavirus and serious questions have been asked about the country’s exclusion from taking part in international efforts to tackle the deadly disease. The virus has killed more than 210 people and more than 9,000 confirmed cases mainly in China. There have also been 9…

Chinese Religious Persecution

The Church of Almighty God (CAG) released its 2019 Annual Report on the Chinese government’s persecution of the Church’s Christians today. The report provides statistics and details of the persecution both within China, and overseas by government agents. The CAG claims that in an intensified suppression campaign in 2019, 19 believers died as a result…

Morocco Brings Winds of Change to Africa

Morocco has a target of achieving 52% of its electricity requirements from renewable energy production by 2030. But according to Tarik Hamane the Executive Director and Head of Development of Masen, the country is on track to exceed this target sooner than expected. “I cannot forecast exactly the margin by which we shall exceed our…

Russian MP Tries to Rewrite History

Vyacheslav Nikonov an MP from President Putin’s “United Russia” party and member of the Russian State Duma has called the European Union “Hitler’s coalition”. Nikonov is the head of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science and chairman of the board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. His remarks follow fast on the 75th anniversary…

‘Between public good and bad governance’

Under the banner ‘Between public good and bad governance’ the European Parliament hosted a conference discussing the contemporary role of NGOs, writes Gary Cartwright. Delegates, from the worlds of politics, civil society, academia, and the press heard the argument that the lines between NGOs and lobbyists, and, indeed, purveyors of fake news, have become increasingly blurred. The…

Frontex’s performance probed by EU Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched an audit to examine whether the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has so far provided effective support to Member States in the implementation of European Integrated Border Management. Today, the auditors have published an audit preview on Frontex. Audit previews provide information on an ongoing…

Classic Brussels Restaurant

What have Francois Hollande, Jean-Michel Jarre and Julio Eglesias in common? Struggling? Well, if it helps Richard Branson, Bruce Springsteen, Kody and Eddy Merckx have all done the same. The answer is that each have dined at L’Ecailler du Palais Royal, a lovely restaurant in the equally lovely Sablon quarter of Brussels. A quick glance at…

MMVF: awareness raising and adequate labelling needed

Health experts have thrown their weight behind calls for awareness-raising programmes and better product labelling for potentially hazardous material. The experts, meeting in Brussels for a high-level conference on lung cancer, highlight the “usefulness” of such campaigning in order to make the public better informed. Medical oncologist Ioannis Boukovinas, President of Hellenic Society of Medical…