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The investiture of king Willem-Alexander: Our new King

May 1, 2013

Tuesday’s investiture of king Willem-Alexander takes up the bulk of the Dutch papers on Wednesday, with special supplements and endless photographs from the day. The AD has a special edition meant to become a collector’s item. In its editorial, the paper says that the monarchy is very much alive and kicking in the Netherlands. The events of Tuesday made it clear more...

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Developing a Gender Reflex

April 11, 2013

Developing a Gender Reflex

By Timothy Clarke. I have marched for women, petitioned for women, financed projects for women, undertaken and promoted training for women, signed Women's day pledges for women, got EU Ambassadors to sign Action Plans for women, initiated studies for women, written articles and speeches about women, supported best practices for women, obliged my staff to do training more...

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How real is the danger of an EU collapse? My verdict: It’s receding, but the UK is the wild card

March 14, 2013

Popular nationalism an inter-governmental brinkmanship still threaten the EU’s future, says former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton. And although its existential crisis is abating, it could yet be severely damaged if the British “re-negotiation” goes wrong Popular sentiment and necessity are pulling Europe in opposite directions. The popular sentiment that drove more...

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Second report condemns Catholic church for abusing thousands of girls

March 11, 2013

Second report condemns Catholic church for abusing thousands of girls

The Catholic church must acknowledge and compensate the thousands of girls who were sexually and physically abused by priests, monks and nuns, according to a new report focusing on female abuse victims. The report, the second produced by the specialist committee led by Wim Deetman, looked at 150 cases in which girls were physically and sexually abused. The research more...

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Francis Muthaura: ICC drops case against accused Kenyan, why not Kenyatta

March 11, 2013

Francis Muthaura: ICC drops case against accused Kenyan, why not Kenyatta

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dropped charges against Francis Muthaura, a co-accused of Kenya's presidential election winner Uhuru Kenyatta, the prosecutor has said. Fatou Bensouda said some witnesses were too scared to testify, while another recanted his statement. Mr Muthaura was accused of fuelling violence after the 2007 election. Mr Kenyatta, more...

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A 10-POINT PLAN FOR A CLOSER EU-AFRICA PARTNERSHIP Europe is without doubt Africa’s most valuable partner

March 5, 2013

By Louis Michel A deeper relationship with Europe based on economic development is needed to unlock Africa’s potential, argues Louis Michel. He puts forward 10 concrete proposals.  Africa, the cradle of humanity, is also the continent of the future. Its population is growing by 2.5% a year, twice as fast as average growth in the rest of the developing world, and at more...

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Globalisation,Managing migration as a source of workers, a response to ageing, and a benefit to development;

February 23, 2013

Globalisation,Managing migration as a source of workers, a response to ageing, and a benefit to development;

The combination of technological progress, lower transport costs and policy liberalisation in the European Union and elsewhere has led to increasing trade and foreign investment flows between countries. This has important consequences for the functioning of the EU economy. While globalisation brings huge benefits and opportunities, it also means that Europe has to more...

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President Mahama’s State of the Nation Address

February 23, 2013

President Mahama’s State of the Nation Address

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRES ADVANCING THE BETTER GHANA- OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH DELIVERED BY H. E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA     TO THE 6th PARLIAMENT OF THE 4TH REPUBLIC THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2013   Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur Her Ladyship the Chief more...

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Winter forecast 2012-14: Gradually overcoming headwinds

February 23, 2013

Winter forecast 2012-14: Gradually overcoming headwinds

Winter forecast 2012-14: Gradually overcoming headwinds While financial market conditions in the EU have improved substantially since last summer, economic activity was disappointing in the second half of 2012. However, leading indicators suggest that GDP in the EU is now bottoming out and we expect economic activity to gradually accelerate. The pick-up in growth more...

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All foreigners in Holland should sign ‘participation contract’: minister Asscher

February 20, 2013

All foreigners who move to the Netherlands should be required to sign a contract in which they agree to uphold the Dutch constitution and the rule of law, according to social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher. In an interview with the Volkskrant, Asscher says he wants to ensure the Netherlands has a 'warm and caring' integration policy but also that it is 'clear and more...

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