5th Dec 2023


Ukraine: Nord Stream 2 makes Europe dependent on Russia

The head of Ukraine's gas transit operator, Sergiy Makogon, warned on Thursday that the launch of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will make Europe completely dependent on Russia. "People just have a short memory - 2009 is the year when Russia's Gazprom made Europe freeze," he told Reuters. Gazprom fully owns Nord Stream 2, which could divert transit gas flows going through Ukraine to Europe once completed.

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Afghanistan is a 'forever emergency,' says UN head

Afghanistan is a "forever emergency" rendered worse by an isolated country intent on dismantling human rights, says UN refugee agency (UNHCR) representative for the country, Leonard Zulu.

EU public procurement reform 'ineffective', find auditors

The EU Commission reformed procurement directives to make bids more attractive (and competitive), but the reform has failed, say auditors. Procedures now take longer, and the number of direct awards and individual tenders has increased over the past decade.


Optimising Alzheimer's disease health care pathways across Europe

Despite challenges and barriers across European health systems in the timely detection and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, policymakers have a unique opportunity to be remembered for improving the AD care pathway and transforming the way the disease is managed.

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