Taiwan cannot be absent from the global fight against transnational crime

Taiwan serves as key geopolitical hub in East and Southeast Asia, and Taiwan can help make a safer World, writes Huang Ming-chao. The World Drug Report 2018 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) pointed out that North America, East Asia and Southeast Asia are key regions in the production and…

European Cyber Security Month

October marks the kick-off of the European Cyber security month coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the European Commission and supported by the Member States.  This campaign will focus on expanding awareness about cybersecurity to citizens across Europe. The 2019 campaign focuses on different themes addressing the need for behavioural change and…

Kazakh fugitive fraudster linked to French prepaid credit card company

In recent years the European Parliament has made great efforts in addressing issues of corruption and graft. However, despite these moves forward, there remains much to be done, starting with the matter of money laundering, and the ease with which wanted criminals and fugitives can find sanctuary in Europe. Europe is currently the base of…

Europeans Reeling Under the Burden of Personal Debt

Europeans in many member states are finding it hard to meet their monthly dues, resorting to personal debt as a short-term solution to their financial woes, writes Ali Burton. According to financial writer Maya Goodfellow, in the UK, despite record employment levels, debt has reached an all-time high. The TUC reports that UK homes now own…

Finance Sector Mobilizes Against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking has released its final report, “Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking,” during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  With the release of the report, the Liechtenstein Initiative launches Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, a project based at the United Nations…

EP Survey Shows Surge in Young People Actively Voting

The high turnout in the 2019 European elections was driven by a surge in participation by young people, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament in June. The results of the post-electoral Eurobarometer survey, one of the most comprehensive quantitative surveys on the last European elections publicly available, show that the turnout…

European Prosecutor’s Office: Should Laura Kövesi remain the top candidate?

Last week, the majority of EU countries’ ambassadors voted to support Romania’s former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi to be the EU’s first public prosecutor but should she be the final choice of the EU Council and the European Parliament? asks Oliver Pahnecke. This question needs to be raised in light of information that shows…

Kashmir’s Struggle for Freedom

A noisy but peaceful protest took place outside the European Parliament in protest at a curfew in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. India cut off all forms of communication, imposed severe travel restrictions and detained more than 300 political leaders and activists across Kashmir on August 5. While the region remains under lockdown, news has been slow…

Mermaids and Mermen from Brussels Swim for Charity

On the 15th  September, Sven Gatz, Brussels Minister of Finance, Budget, Promotion of Multilingualism, Tourism and Image of Brussels, officially gave a “swim start” to the Schoolyard14 campaign at Molenbeek’s public pool. Members from Rotary Club Brussels Cantersteen, 15 school children from Molenbeek, their teachers and the director of Ket & CO gathered to practice…

Building an Inclusive United Nations with Taiwan on Board

This July, President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) transited through New York, an icon of diversity and freedom and home to the United Nations, as a preload to her state visit to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, writes Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu. While meeting with the Permanent Representatives to the UN…