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November 25, 2022

Lula’s commitment to reduce deforestation makes an EU-Mercosul free-trade agreement possible

Lula’s presidential election victory in Brazil has the potential to re-set EU-Latin American relations through ratification of the EU-Mercosul agreement. Yet, writes Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, there remain competing European and Brazilian demands that must be balanced
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November 24, 2022

🦋 Democracy requires description, not explanation

Hojjatollah Sadeqi reads Jean-Paul Gagnon’s 'definitions of democracy' project through Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophical methods. The result? Gagnon has, by necessity, placed us in a dark and complex city of 'democracy'. The only way to understand this city is to do all we can to describe it
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November 24, 2022

Musk’s Twitter takeover has damaged its popularity, but it may yet survive

Elon Musk’s takeover throws Twitter’s future into question. Drawing from Albert Hirschman’s 1970 work on organisational decline, Aleksandra Spalińska explains how the high costs of leaving means a full exit from the platform is not a viable option for every Twitter user
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November 22, 2022

The disunity of the Italian centre-left opposition on Ukraine

Russia’s war on Ukraine has split the Italian centre-left opposition between pacifists and those arguing in favour of arming Ukraine. Disunity on how to respond to the crisis, write Valerio Alfonso Bruno, James F. Downes and Alessio Scopelliti, will likely weaken these parties and strengthen Meloni's right-wing coalition
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November 21, 2022

War in Ukraine: are negotiations possible?

Faced with the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive, and with military costs mounting, the Russian elite has splintered into bickering factions. Alexandr Burilkov argues that the nationalist information space is exerting significant pressure on Putin to continue and escalate the war. This makes negotiations and a lasting ceasefire unlikely
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November 18, 2022

Citizen assemblies must report on expert diversity and inclusion

Deliberative approaches like citizen assemblies are gaining traction, particularly to inform climate policy. To ensure the legitimacy of these processes, Jen Roberts and her team argue that the process of selecting experts involved in citizen deliberations should be transparent, and must consider diversity and inclusivity
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November 17, 2022

📐Turkey shows us why it's hard to resist human rights violations through the courts

Human rights organisations in Turkey face a predicament. In using the law to confront human rights violations by the government, they then experience those violations themselves. Legal mobilisation against democratic backsliding has its limits, argues Gabriela García García
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November 16, 2022

🦋 Democracy as a problem

Michael Hanchard argues that there is no singular scientific method that is the property of democracy. Instead, we should, as WEB Dubois suggests, treat democracy as a problem replete with many possibilities for expansion and contraction, regardless of its normative and conceptual status as an aspiration and ideal type
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November 15, 2022

The winter of change: a breaking or breakthrough moment for the EU?

The European Union is facing a multidimensional crisis that could exacerbate exiting intra-EU divisions and power asymmetries. The looming energy supply crunch, impending recession, and rising inflation could have a serious negative impact on the EU as it struggles to adapt to a changing world and region, writes Iren Marinova
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November 14, 2022

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program can serve as a model for emissions reductions

California’s carbon market design and inclusion of its Cap-and-Trade Program within its broader suite of measures helped the state reduce emissions drastically, and set the stage for its mid- and long-term goals. The program, according to Jason Gray, may serve as a model for jurisdictions contemplating their own emissions trading systems
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