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Run-up for the Catastrophe

At the latest since the 1970s experts have known what causes climate change, into what catastrophe it will lead if unhindered and what one can do to mitigate it. Contrary to NPPs and large hydraulic power plants, to acid rain, fine dust, deforestation and other environmental problems, the climate catastrophe was only difficult to grasp…

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SMASH Facebook

SMASH FACEBOOK: this is demanded by democracy activists in the USA and they have a good point. Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, then the registration administration for many pages… A democratically-politically dubious concentration power is gathered here. The same applies to Google, Apple and Amazon. At least these four, but Samsung and a couple of others…

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The Blacklist of Tax Swamps

17 states have ended up on the so-called “blacklist of tax swamps”. According to rumour, yesterday it was still 25 countries, then 20 and today just 17 remain. Behind the scenes there was tough lobbying so that certain countries wouldn’t be listed. Not a single one of the overseas territories of Great Britain, such as…

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Glyphosat: A Background-Story

A few weeks ago, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA published a risk assessment about glyphosate, according to which the aggressive plant poison is supposedly not carcinogenic. Europena NGOs accused the EU authority of taking over industry-related “Monsanto papers” completely uncritically. Now a cancer researcher is doubting the correctness of this assessment. He found eight “overlooked”…

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Putin’s right-wing friends

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is backing Europe’s right-wing populist parties. He promotes, funds and networks them and provides medial support in their countries. His goal is to gain geopolitical influence and to drive a weakening European Union into insignificance. Europe’s right-wing parties are counting on the alliance with Putin. Their aim is to destroy the…

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What is being forgotten in the CETA debate

The Walloon/Belgian CETA debate is concentrating on one aspect which is of lesser importance in the German-speaking world. CETA is a new type of agreement and the prototype for as many future agreements of this type as possible with as many countries as possible. It is not merely a trade agreement but it is prefaced…

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CETA/TTIP: the timetable

Brief summary of the progress of the TTIP negotiations and the CETA ratification: With negotiations having long since reached a conclusion, CETA had been on ice for some time. Now negotiations have recently been reopened, including at the request of Austria (Faymann). The protection of investment still remains problematic but more transparency has been brought…

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Pro-TTIP arguments shattered

After three years of intensive work on the TTIP, over 100 presentations and countless discussions with lobbyists and proponents of economic liberalism, there comes a point, does there not, when you are just bored of hearing absolutely platitudinous arguments? Nevertheless, I still have to keep responding to them… here are my favourites: Free trade is…

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