Vision of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Located in Ben Guerir in Morocco’s central Rehamna Province, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University’s modern campus houses some 1400 students, of whom 200 are studying for a Master’s Degree. About 120 undergraduates and postgraduates come from neighbouring African countries, with a particular interest in agricultural studies. Although it is only 3 years old, the University…

Mission 1.5

Earlier today (Friday, 14 February), celebrities and youth activists met with UN officials, governments and civil society to launch Mission 1.5, a campaign that aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action.  Mission 1.5 aims to give 20 million people around the world the opportunity to have their say on…

Calls for ECB to Combat Financial Crimes

MEPs on Wednesday asked the European Central Bank to step up its green credentials and address growing financial technology challenges. The resolution, setting out Parliament’s priorities on the European Central Bank‘s (ECB) future policies, spearheaded by Kostas Mavrides (S&D, CY), was approved on Wednesday by 452 votes in favour, 142 against and 33 abstentions following…

MEPs Take Action on Animal welfare

To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs have called for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals. With 607 votes for, 3 votes against and 19 abstentions, MEPs on Wednesday adopted a non-binding resolution demanding action against illegal trade in pets that causes animal to suffer, spreads diseases,…

Travel to India

Champion Chef Dev Biswal Award-winning chef Dev Biswal has cooked up a recipe for what he hopes will be yet more success. Biswal has already won a clutch of top awards for his culinary skills which have helped to revive a formerly rundown English seaside town. Now, he’s poised to launch his latest venture: tailor-made…

Respect Taiwan

After her election victory on 11 January, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview: “We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan).”  She also said China needs to show Taiwan respect.  However, four days later on 15 January, the permanent mission of the People’s Republic of China to the…

Georgia: The case of Gigi Ugulava

David McAllister Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Gigi Ugulava, an opposition politician and one of the leaders of the “European Georgia” party, was sentenced to thirty-eight months in prison by the Supreme Court of Georgia on 10 February. In Strasbourg the Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, DE) issued…