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On Sept. 16th member states will gather for the first time without British representatives in attendance in Slovakia. Ahead of these talks, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met Aug. 22 to discuss the future of the Continental bloc. The choice of Ventotene, an Italian island near Naples was made on purpose, as they gathered on where a group of political prisoners in the early 1940s wrote a manifestocalling for the creation of a European federation.
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Vaccine Shortage and Mosquito Borne Disease: Yellow Fiver Threats to Africa and China

Mosquito Borne disease: Managing the pandemic threat in Africa and in Brazil


For much of the past year, the Zika virus has dominated the news cycle and commanded international attention. With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro less than two weeks away, and two cases of the virus that could be unrelated to travel reported in Florida, that is unlikely to change any time soon.

But another mosquito-borne disease, yellow fever, is working its way (albeit more quietly) through the African nations of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Brexit: And now what ? Cameron succession and the future of CAP


A new scenery of the post brexit vote’s political drama is opening in the UK and in the continent.

A campaign against the “democratic deficit” in Brussels has led to the removal of a prime minister democratically elected only 13 months ago, and thus years in advance of his statutorily prescribed term.

Members of the EU are making clear to the UK that it needs to invoke article 50 of the treaty without further delays, putting additional pressure on a UK political apparel that finds itself in a totally unknown territory and with a lack of post Brexit vote’s leadership.

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Vision 2030: Managing the Oil Crisis in the UAE Facing Growing Saudi Arabia’s Competition

The low oil prices have lead the leadership of Abu Dhabi to rethink its Economic strategies to develop new growth opportunity plans for the future of both the country and the city. Those low Oil prices have had a strong impact on the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
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Brexit: From a Regional to a Global Impact

The impact of the June 23rd Brexit vote will go far beyond the response from the Global markets: Implications of the decision are not only economic.
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With British voters in the United Kingdom set to cast their ballots over EU membership on June 23, two last-minute polls are showing slight leads for the “leave” campaign, Bloomberg reported June 22.

An online survey by TNS, which conducted sampling from June 16 to June 22, showed those in favor of leaving the European Union leading by 2 percent, while another online poll conducted by Opinium from June 20 to June 22 showed the “leave” camp up by 1 percent. With just hours to go before balloting starts across the country, champions for both causes made their final appeals.

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Brazil: Corruption & Policy

12806176_1135618059805924_6812705826686326272_nEarly March 4, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his close friend and political ally, businessman Paulo Okamotto, were detained for questioning in the 24th phase of the country’s anti-corruption probe, known as Lava Jato.

Da Silva and Okamotto were both later released and did meet with leaders from the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) in Sao Paulo to discuss the detention, any possible future indictments, and the consequence for the party and for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

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