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The annual Edelman Trust Barometer recently launched its 2020 edition in Brussels. More than 34,000 people from “28 markets” answered the online survey of Edelman Intelligence, a self-described “global insight and analytics consultancy”.  The questions asked were meant to gauge the citizens’ trust in “the major societal institutions”, namely government, business, NGOs and media. Despite…

The European Commission recognises that ambitious climate action is ‘this generation’s defining task’. As such, it has proposed a European Green Deal, which aims to transform the EU’s economy to produce zero net greenhouse emissions in 2050 and decouple economic growth from resource use, in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable…

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, began his first 2020 press conference with the following words: “The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil. We are living in dangerous times. Geopolitical tensions are at their highest level this century.” His words brought me back to my January 2014 visit to the provincial city…

After an agonizing vote counting process, the final result of the race for the Presidency of Austria became known: independent and moderate candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green Party leader and son of refugees, beat his rival Norbert Hofer, who was supported by the far-right Freedom Party and expressed eurosceptic and anti-immigration views. It is a…

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