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Promoting water security in the MENA region

by Johannes Hügel

Water technology solutions in development cooperation and the role of SMEs
On the 09th of July 2019 the MPDP together with SME Europe organized in Brussels an expert exchange on “Promoting water security In the MENA region”. European and regional experts from the civil society, business sector and administrative level came together, to discuss the MENA region’s most pressing challenges concerning water security. This paper summarises the event’s output and discusses economic framework conditions to promote and improve inter and intraregional water technology transfer through SMEs. It further addresses the question of how to enhance investment protection and capacity building in the region. It focuses on ways to make sure that water technology knowledge is sustainable and to the benefit of the people in need.

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Freihandelsabkommen EU-MERCOSUR - „Südbrücke“ im Atlantik

by Annette Schwarzbauer, Johannes Hügel

Lange nichts, und auf einmal schienen es alle eilig zu haben: Zwanzig Jahre nach Verhandlungsstart, pünktlich zum diesjährigen G20-Treffen und wenige Wochen vor dem Ende der „Juncker-Kommission“, erzielten die Verhandlungsführer, drei EU-Kommissare und vier südamerikanische Minister, am 28. Juni den Durchbruch in Brüssel: die Einigung auf ein Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU und dem Handelsbündnis MERCOSUR (Zusammenschluss von Argentinien, Brasilien, Paraguay und Uruguay).

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Returnees in the Mahgreb

Comparing Policies on Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia
More than 5,000 North African volunteers traveled to Syria and Iraq in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’, and about 2,000 joined jihadi groups in Libya. This report looks at the unprecedented scope and dynamics of this mobilisation, focusing on three countries: Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. It focuses more specifically on the challenge of returning foreign fighters, exploring the risk they pose and the policies that have been developed (or not) to handle them upon return. The report concludes with some recommendations, for the region and for Europe.
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Jamal Khashoggi in the European Parliament: Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: Reforms, Alliances, Regional Role

by Johannes Hügel, Carolin Löprich

Three months before his murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Jamal Khashoggi joined EU policymakers in a public debate in the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the reform process initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and how it would affect Saudi Arabia’s position as a key player in Middle Eastern geopolitics. In the light of the events that have unfolded in late 2018, and in view of the lasting impact of Khashoggi’s legacy on the global standing of Saudi Arabia, we decided to release this transcript of the June debate.

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Access to clean and efficient energy in developing countries

by Johannes Hügel, Romain Pardo

The need for EU action to implement SDG7
Universal access to energy is yet to become a reality. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 1.2 billion people currently live without access to electricity.

Country Reports

Perspectives of the G20 summit on migration and sustainable development

by Susanne Conrad

Hamburg will be the central arena for the next G20 summit of the heads of state and government of the world's largest advanced and emerging economies on 7th/8th July this year. The summit focuses on the cooperation with the African continent, one of the top priorities of the German G20 presidency. The G20’s central concern is to promote and secure global economic growth. How to tackle the push factors for migration and flight to Europe in this context?

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

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Post-ISIS Ninewa

The European Response
This statement summarizes the discussions held in the European Parliament in the context of the high-level conference "Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European response", held on 6 June 2017. Moreover, it presents recommendations from the Members of the European Parliament Elmar Brok and Ana Gomes for the stabilization and reconstruction of the Ninewa governorate.

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Global Emissions Reduction

by Jasper Eitze, Vedrana Lemor, Hans-Jürgen Frieß, Katja Kiefer

Motivators, Obstacles and the Role of Germany
Results of a comparative survey of experts in China, India, Russia and the USA. The report shows that there are many differences between the four countries, but also some similarities. It particularly highlights the fact that preventing climate change is still not a major motivating factor when it comes to reducing emissions.

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Land Degradation, Climate Change and Migration in West Africa

Political Implications to Strengthen Resilience and Prevent Security Problems
This report summarizes the discussions held in the context of the regional workshop Land Degradation, Climate Change and Migration in West Africa, which took place in Ouagadougou on 18-19 May 2016. In addition, it provides policy recommendations on how to intensify cooperation at a domestic, regional and inter-regional level to address the nexus land degradation, climate change and migration and increase resilience in West Africa.
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