27th Mar 2023


NGOs slam EU chemical agency decision on glyphosate

Health and environmental organisations on Monday raised concerns over the EU chemical agency's decision to keep the current classification of glyphosate, used in herbicides. The agency found that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as "carcinogenic". "This ... shows the urgent need to address the systemic deficiencies of the process to classify hazardous chemicals in the EU," said Dolores Romano from the European Environmental Bureau.

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Biden's 'democracy summit' poses questions for EU identity

From the perspective of international relations, the EU is a rare bird indeed. Theoretically speaking it cannot even exist. The charter of the United Nations, which underlies the current system of global governance, distinguishes between states and organisations of states.


EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

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