28th Mar 2023


Overwhelming majority of Danes vote to join EU defence

A large majority (67%) voted in a referendum on Wednesday (1 June) to reverse Denmark's three decades-long policy of staying out of the European Union's common defence policy. One third (33%) voted to keep the defence opt-out. The vote was called by the Danish Social Democrat government after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Prime minister Mette Frederiksen said the result was "a clear message to [Russian president Vladimir] Putin".

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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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