27th Mar 2023


Bulgaria seeks EU guarantees for North Macedonia deal

Bulgaria has raised hopes of lifting its veto on North Macedonia's EU accession talks after prime minister Kiril Petkov met EU enlargement commissioner Olivér Várhelyi in Sofia Thursday. Bulgaria had "three conditions" and "we're working together to see if it would be possible for the EU to be a guarantor for these" said Petkov, whose government just lost its parliamentary majority, Reuters reports. The ongoing veto was "frustrating", Várhelyi said.

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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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