STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY THROUGH ‘DESIGN THINKING’

Citizens expect administrations to take their contributions into account and, if not, to explain why. When the feedback is inadequate or nonexistent, the trust relationship between the citizens and the administration can be damaged. Progress has been made in 'user-centricity' (i.e. availability, usability and mobile friendliness). Yet online participatory procedures are still, for the most part, time-consuming and rather disappointing for citizens.

20 MEPs TO WATCH IN 2020

Source: Politico

CLIMATE ACTION IN 2020

Climate mainstreaming in the EU budget is expected to become one strand of a broader strategy. In the speech presenting her College of Commissioners and their programme to the European Parliament, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the European Green Deal as the EU's new growth strategy, which is meant to cut emissions while creating new jobs.

2020: THE BEGINNING OF THE 5G ERA

In 2020, we will hear more and more about 5G – the next generation of broadband infrastructure with gigabit speeds – as according to the Commission's targets, this is the year when it is supposed to become commercially available in at least one big city in each EU Member State. Already in 2019, some countries started launching and experimenting with 5G pilots, but wider deployment is expected once the 5G standards and the dedicated 5G spectrum pioneer bands become available by the end of 2020.

EU-VIETNAM FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

The EU hopes that its free trade agreement (FTA) and investment protection agreement (IPA) with Vietnam will boost trade and investment; the agreements are also an important stepping stone to the EU’s longer-term goal of a region-to-region EU-Southeast Asia trade deal. Vietnam, a fast-growing and competitive economy whose bilateral trade with the EU has quintupled over the past ten years, is equally keen on the deal, which could potentially bring €15 billion a year of additional exports to the EU by 2035.

THE FUTURE OF TAIWAN

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), is an island off the southern coast of China that has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) views the island as a province, while in Taiwan a territory with its own democratically elected government that is home to twenty-three million people political leaders have differing views on the island’s status and relations with the mainland.

REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES OF EU AND MEMBER STATES IN TAIPEI

  1. Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office, Taipei (LTIOT): Established in 2010 in Taipei, the main mission of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office is twofold: to help Taiwanese companies with their business expansion to Luxembourg and their entry to the European markets and to facilitate trade between Luxembourg and Taiwan and support Luxembourg-based companies in the establishment and development of their activities on the Taiwanese market.

EUROPOL COUNTER TERRORISM ACTIVITIES

First-line investigative support: the European Counter Terrorism Centre

RUSSIA'S ASCENDANCY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

U.S. – IRAN CRISIS: TIME FOR DE-ESCALATION

Source: KELLY MAGSAMEN is Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. She was the National Security Council’s Director for Iran under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama

Killing the Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani may well have been the most consequential foreign policy decision of Donald Trump’s presidency. Its repercussions will be felt for days, months, and even years to come—but what exactly they will be depends on what the Trump administration does next.

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