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A Polarized Policy.

The Moldovan political situation is extremely complicated. It reflects the clashes between the West and Russia, but also between internal power groups that escape the great logic of international relations.  In fact, it is self-centred interests that determine every balance, at the expense of the collective well-being, in the light of the significant influence played…

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Dangers of Secession.

The secessionist threat of the Gagauza community, which developed simultaneously with that of Transnistria, was resolved thanks to the recognition of an autonomy statute, subsequently contemplated in the 1994 Constitution (art.111 Cost.), and ratified by referendum in the territories concerned. The same fate did not fall to Transnistria where a ‘dormant conflict’ continues. However, the…

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Moldova. Difficult Balances.

Geographically located on the very outskirts of southeastern Europe, Moldova is a small state nestled between Romania and Ukraine. It shares the western border with Romania, while Ukraine envelops it to the north, east and south. The territory, mostly flat, coincides roughly with the Bessarabia region, an area situated between the Prut and Nistru rivers.…

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A Dependent Economy.

From an economic point of view, Moldova is considered one of the poorest countries in Europe. The average net monthly income slightly exceeds 250 euros, the agricultural sector represents about 21% of the GDP, industry 15.1% and services 63.9%. Following independence, the country touched economic collapse due to the interruption of commercial ties with the…

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Can Food Security Reduce Migration Flows?

Migration has become the main driver of EU’s development policies. Even food security policies are envisaged under this prism. According to a Dutch-based think tank there is a nexus between both but it does not work automatically. Experts conclude that priority should be given to policies which acknowledge human mobility as a pillar of sustainable…

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Taizé. A parable of the community

How does the Ecumenical Community of Taizé plan to promote social development in Europe and in the world and how can it help to face the challenges of today? An answer from Brother Aloïs Löser, prior of Taizé Every life consecrated to the service of God and neighbour is a parable. A parable does not…

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Portugal. Comboni Missionaries, 70 years of active presence.

This year, the Comboni Missionaries are celebrating seventy years of their presence in Portugal. An Institute that is born and grows in response to the new challenges of mission in that country and in the world. They first went to Portugal in 1947. The decision to initiate this new presence in Europe had already been…

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Ukraine. The Forgotten War.

The military crisis between the government and pro-Russian militia is still producing tensions. But we mustn’t forget the human victims and serious humanitarian consequences. The most desperate living conditions in the eastern regions along the shared border. More than three years after the start of the conflict, the battles and clashes, resumed in October 2016…

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Germany / Comboni Sisters. Hope in the heart of Europe

They give hospitality, accompany and guide Nigerian, Somali and Eritrean women who were victims of human trafficking, giving them hope. This is the commitment of two Comboni Sisters in the SOLWODI project. “SOLWODI, is the acronym for Solidarity with Women in Distress” – says Sr. Margit Foster, a nun of German origin. “This organization was…

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Europe. What a fatigue being young

Eurostat has just published a lengthy document portraying the situation of under-30s in all 28 EU countries. Figures should prompt reflection… A 214-page document with numbers, charts, graphs, and information meant to give an overview of under-30 year-olds in Europe. “Being young in Europe today”, is the new “flagship” publication compiled by Eurostat, the statistics…

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Two years with Francis: “Old Europe, wake up!”

The Pope from Latin America encourages Europe to change. He proposes a vision of the missionary Church, in faithfulness to the Gospel. In which ways has the first non-European Pope, from South America, impact Europe and the European Church in the first two years of his pontificate? The Pope has positively stimulated “Old Europe” to…

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Editorial – EU / Elections 2014: decision-time

European citizens will go to the polls on 25 May to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg. These MEPs will represent over 500 million citizens in 28 Member States. It is important to choose those candidates whose main concern is developing a Europe of solidarity and fairness. The Eurobarometer survey carried…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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