What Milo Djukanovic does next* (*and what the new democratic government of Montenegro should do to stop him)

Congratulations, Montenegro! Milo Djukanovic (pictured)  and his communists-turned-democratic-socialists are defeated for the very first time in history. Other countries in central, south and eastern Europe threw off their one-party regimes a generation ago. But for the last 30 years Montenegro has been held in deep freeze by one man. No-one can take away from you the historic nature of your...

#EAPM – Global Conference report launched, EU leaders bash out deal to counter pandemic

Welcome, one and all, to the midweek European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) midweek briefing. Plenty to talk about today, but first, a word on EAPM’s recent online Global Conference, which took place on 14 July and for which a report is being released today, please see the following link.   The report is entitled ”Forward Together – Where we are now and the necessary...

Turkey’s policy in Libya threatens EU

The Turkish intervention into the Libyan conflict caused the negative effect for the region: the balance of power changed and the GNA liberated Tripoli from the LNA forces and recently started a big-scale offensive on Sirte city.    On 6th of June after negotiations with the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the Speaker of the Libyan House of...

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat, and provocative Turkish actions in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean – Greek officials found time to engage in multiple rounds of Balkan diplomacy this week.  Time will tell whether any of this amounted to anything more than a...

#COP25 – #EUOceanDay highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally

The European Commission organized an EU Ocean Day during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25), which is currently taking place in Madrid (Spain) until 13 December. Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. The EU Ocean Day highlighted the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge globally. Environment,...

‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and unblock paralysis. He told Irish business leaders...