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Youth and politics – our future

Europe bad and good By 28 November, 2020 No Comments

How to engage youths in democratic politics has become a headache of a sort to social crusaders, political scientists, media practitioners and so many other groups in Nigeria and by extension, international. This question has continued since 1999 the country started to practice democracy after 35yrs the military held sway in the leadership of the country. Since the democratic dispensation, the country has spent billions of Dollars in electoral processes. Likewise, some international unions like the European Union, EU, can swank of supporting and strengthening Nigeria’s democracy and electoral processes with not less than 100 million Euros. This, the EU can say, were supported by means of democratic institutions, the electoral processes, legislatures and all electoral stakeholders.

Germany’s leadership in pandemic is worldwide accepted

Europe bad and good By 27 November, 2020 No Comments

66% of survey respondents expect institutional investors to increase their exposure to Germany over the next 12 months 40% of institutional investors expect German economic growth to exceed the forecast of 4.4%, compared to 20% who think it will be lower than this. A new survey of institutional investors in Germany and the US who collectively manage €44.37 billion of assets, reveals 80% believe the German Government has delivered a much more comprehensive package to support its economy and jobs than other major nations. The findings are from MBH Corporation plc, a diversified investment holding company listed on the Frankfurt and Dusseldorf Stock Exchanges that acquires successful, well established small to medium sized enterprises across multiple geographies and sectors.

Young Portuguese show courage

Europe bad and good By 4 October, 2020 No Comments

Four children and two young adults from Portugal have filed an unprecedented climate change case with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. They are asking the Court to hold 33 countries accountable for fuelling the climate crisis. The case, which is brought with the support of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), centres on the rising threat which climate change poses to their lives and to their physical and mental wellbeing. If successful, the 33 countries would be legally bound, not only to ramp up emissions cuts, but also to tackle overseas contributions to climate change, including those of their multinational companies.

Europeans forget the Sahel

Europe bad and good By 30 August, 2020 No Comments

The activities of the Sahel Alliance since its formation demonstrate some of the wide-ranging ambitions for European and international policy in the region. But the Alliance has also revealed the difficulties facing efforts to coordinate ongoing work and make existing and future policies more effective. Confusion surrounding European programmes and international strategies in the Sahel has been made all the more serious by the worsening security situation there.

Europeans have to defend Europe

Europe bad and good By 24 August, 2020 No Comments

It is not just a weird force that wants to smash the EU, or secret agencies and terror groups. It is the proper US that doesn’t like the strong counterpart that has become Europe and the euro. The problems didn’t start with Trump, already under Obama they were spying European governments and its leaders. In wide-ranging interview George Soros shares his concerns about the future of the EU – and the possibility of Italy leaving the bloc. He warns of “numerous” enemies, including China and Russia, which pose a threat to  “ideas of an open society”. But it is the US itself where he lives and makes business that profits from a weak EU.

Covid-19 makes Britain smoother

Europe bad and good By 12 August, 2020 No Comments

The Brexit voter “tribes” that were created during the 2016 EU referendum, and that culminated in Boris Johnson’s general election victory last December, are already fading, according to new research published today by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). ECFR’s YouGov and Datapraxis-commissioned polling of UK voters reveals that the coronavirus has changed Britons’ attitudes to the world, Europe, and the state. It suggests that the pandemic may be bringing the “Brexit era” of British politics to a close – ending a four-year escape from normal politics. This presents an opportunity for the Labour Party to revive its fortunes, the paper argues – including in the Red Wall constituencies that were so crucial to the Conservative Party’s landslide victory in 2019.