29th Nov 2023


'Loss and Damage' reparations still hang in balance at COP28

There is still work to be done — especially when it comes to guaranteeing the Global North's participation in financing Loss and Damage, and ensuring the Global South has representation and oversight on the World Bank's board.

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  3. Member states stall on EU ban on forced-labour products
  4. EU calls for increased fuel supplies into Gaza
  5. People-smuggling profits at historic high, EU concedes
  6. EU bets big on fossil hydrogen and carbon storage
  7. How centre-right conservatives capitulate to the far-right
  8. My experience trying to negotiate with Uber


As EU visits Havana, five truths about human rights in Cuba

On Wednesday, EU special representative for human rights, will arrive in a country in turmoil. Eamon Gilmore's visit risks legitimising the Cuban regime if he does not take a firm public stance on the human rights situation.


Who is Kris Roman, the Kremlin's man in Belgium?

In Flanders, Russia's access to the Belgian far-right is facilitated by Kris Roman. What is far less known are his more than decade-long connections with Russian intelligence.

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Beyond Ukraine and Gaza, an overlooked genocide in Darfur

Bordering Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Eritrea and Egypt, Sudan is in the immediate vicinity of the European neighbourhood and the ongoing war in Africa's third-largest country, could have worse repercussions than the Libyan collapse for the EU.

EU proposes online platform to match legal migrants with jobs

The EU Commission has proposed a platform that would bring together EU employers and non-EU workers. The aim? To address the pressing labour shortages facing the EU-27, but also to boost competitiveness — and discourage illegal migration.

EU backs Israel on 'human shields' in Gaza

The EU has backed Israel in saying its unprecedented killing of civilians in Gaza is partly due to terrorists' use of "human shields", amid intense debate on the morality of the war.


Belgium, France, Spain must halt their Kremlin gas deals

What remains baffling, to Ukrainians fighting for their country and environmental NGOs fighting to save the planet, is that terminals in Belgium and France continue to serve as transshipment points for Russian LNG cargoes destined for India and China.


European complicity in war crimes in Gaza

Even amid the horror in Gaza, some EU member states have been busy doing business with Israel approving lucrative arms deliveries, in the full knowledge that they will be used against a civilian population under siege.


Peaceful Israel/Gaza protests are not 'national security' threat

Over the last month, moves by several European governments to curb expression and protest in response to the unprecedented violence in Israel and Gaza/West Bank appear designed stifle dissent, deny collective grief, and create a 'chilling effect', writes Amnesty International.


85 years after the Nazi November pogrom

I am uncomfortable with historical analogies to describe periodic spikes in antisemitism — but images of mobs storming an airport in Dagestan in search of Jews, crowds yelling "Gas the Jews!" in Sydney come 85 years after the Nazi 'Kristallnacht'.


The truth about The Other Ukraine political party

The Other Ukraine party presents itself as the peace party, but its actual role is not to represent any sort of 'Ukrainian government-in-exile', but to function as a front for Russian disinformation offensives targeting Western countries providing support for Ukraine.

EU-Mercosur deal killed animal welfare law

The pending trade deal between the EU and Mercosur countries was the 'nail in the coffin' of European plans to improve farm animal welfare legislation — a move deemed as "ridiculous" given that proposals take years to be implemented.


Enlargement, fiscal rules, Cate Blanchett in focus This WEEK

The European Commission is expected to present its annual progress report for all countries aspiring to achieve EU membership. Later this week, new European spending rules will also be discussed by EU economy ministers.


Some uncomfortable truths for EU's 140 ambassadors this week

Some 140 EU ambassadors meet their boss in Brussels this week. Unfair though it may seem, Europe's global credibility depends on how strongly it pressures Israel on agreeing to a humanitarian ceasefire, protecting civilians and allowing more aid into Gaza.