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Best of 2016

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12 graphs: Article 12 of the Vienna Convention

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Union conducts and concludes trade agreements with partners on every continent, and is modernising some of the older agreements, dating back as far as the 1970s, to reflect the EU’s new trade competences acquired with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Article 12 of the Vienna Convention … Continue reading

12 graphs: Eleven sectors of ‘data users’

Written by Clare Ferguson, In 2016 we all became more aware of the enormous quantities of data we generate in our daily working and private lives, and the uses to which this data can be put. Analysis of ‘big data’ generated by economic and social activities can be used to improve processes or predict human … Continue reading

12 graphs: Ten branches of Shia Islam

Written by Clare Ferguson, Much has been said, and misrepresented, about the world’s Muslim population, on both sides of the Atlantic this year. While increasing ethnic and religious diversity cannot be ignored, including the possibility that this might prompt increasing social division, future society and governance in the EU must find a way to tackle … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Nine numbers on migration

Written by Clare Ferguson, €9.26 billion – this represents the overall funding available within the European Union budget to tackle the migration crisis during the period from 2014 to 2020. People seeking asylum in the EU (that is, international protection against risk of persecution at home) must present evidence of their case. Because many recent migrants … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Eight programmes replaced by Erasmus+

Written by Clare Ferguson, The Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) has a €15 000 million budget to support EU action on education, training, youth and sport. The programme replaced eight previous programmes: Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, ALFA III, Tempus and Edu-link. See our best visuals from 2016 To boost jobs and growth … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Seven eminent scientists

Written by Clare Ferguson, Recent populist waves on both sides of the Atlantic have shown that that expert advice is more than ever distrusted and even flatly rejected. Will this trend continue next year? Or will people go back to considering evidence more thoroughly? Like it or not, politicians make decisions on policies that affect … Continue reading

12 graphs: Six most important issues for EU citizens

Written by Clare Ferguson, The 2016 Bratislava declaration, setting out the key priorities for the EU with the UK on its way out, and how to achieve them, naturally focuses on topics which relate to the six most important issues for citizens: the economic situation, unemployment, immigration, terrorism, the state of Member States’ finances and … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Five key dimensions of social innovation

Written by Clare Ferguson, The events of 2016 have made it clear that citizens expect policy-makers to come up with some new ideas to meet their needs and contribute to creating a more inclusive and cohesive society through promoting new processes and relationships, innovative solutions, and thus transformation. The EU aims to address this need … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Four thematic objectives – EU Regional Development Fund

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the largest of five European Structural and Investment Funds, is intended to support economic, social and territorial cohesion policy. The Fund addresses the imbalances between regions within the EU, through investing in development and structural support for regions which lag behind or need to replace … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Three decades later – the state of nuclear power

Written by Clare Ferguson, Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster released radioactive material over much of Europe. Following the accident, some 600 000 people took part in the containment operations and around 350 000 people were displaced. Accidents like Chernobyl, and the more recent disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, have resulted in an increasingly nuclear risk-averse … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Two strategic partners – EU and NATO defence cooperation

Written by Clare Ferguson, We will remember 2016 as a tumultuous year worldwide, a 12-month period of vicious conflicts and political upheaval that will have long-lasting consequences is coming to an end. The resulting insecurity and uncertainty as to the foreign policy intentions of major world powers means that the EU strategic partnership with the … Continue reading

12 Graphs: One global strategy

Written by Clare Ferguson, This year has seen Europe struggle to come to terms with its place in today’s contested world, and the EU has found it hard to adapt the positions of its current 28 Member States to respond flexibly and speedily to the challenges of the new security environment. Will the shadow cast … Continue reading

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