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NATO

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INVESTED IN THE ALLIANCE?

PEN speaks with Dr Patrick Keller on the German commitment amongst NATO nations to investment in defence today

POLICY PERSPECTIVES

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A EUROPEAN ANSWER

With the European Union facing deep internal and external challenges in an uncertain world, Elmar Brok MEP, chair of the European

Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, reflects on the challenges facing Brussels when it comes to shaping an effective and assertive

European foreign policy; whilst also confronting security dilemmas head on

CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS

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Danuta Hübner MEP, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs, reflects on the state of the EU today

ACHIEVING HIGH MARKS?

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The European Council on Foreign Relations’ ‘European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016’ suggests a Europe with declining world influence

SLOVAKIA PRESIDENCY

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SLOVAKIA’S COUNTDOWN

With the Slovak Republic’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union due to start on 1 July, deputy prime minister and

minister of foreign affairs Miroslav Lajcˇák sets the scene for the country’s ‘final step’ in EU integration. Writing for PEN, the minister

outlines the country’s ambitions on the EU stage

UK REFERENDUM

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AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

With the UK’s In/Out EU vote looming, Chatham House’s Professor Richard G Whitman explores the background to the country’s

unsettled relationship with Brussels. He details Prime Minister David Cameron’s quest for a referendum, the campaign’s ‘project fear’,

and the implications of both a Brexit and a so-called ‘Bremain’ for the UK and its European partners

CONTENTS

STANDING UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

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Answering PEN’s questions, the Human Rights & Democracy Network warns that human rights in Europe are being challenged

THE TRAFFICKING CHALLENGE

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The Council of Europe is working to counter human trafficking, as Petya Nestorova explains to PEN

PROFILE:

The Inter-recognitions project investigates the memories of minoritised people in Quebec and the struggle for their rights

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Pan European Networks: Government

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Paneuropeannetworks.com

highlights the news stories that have dominated European governance in recent months

NEWSDESK

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SPECIAL FEATURE: HUMAN RIGHTS

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Opening the 18th edition of Pan European

Networks: Government, editor Michael

Brennan reflects on developments in the

European Union and elsewhere, and

outlines the areas of focus to be found in

this issue

INTRODUCTION

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FOREWORD

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Neven Mimica, European commissioner for

international co-operation & development,

details European Union efforts in pursuing a

new approach through the 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development, which builds on

both the Millennium and Sustainable

Development Goals

INTERNATIONAL POLICY

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ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

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ATLANTIC PROGRESS

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As talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) progress, PEN speaks to AmCham EU’s Tim Adamson

FINANCING INNOVATION

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At the European Investment Fund Marco Marrone spoke to PEN about the signing of the first SME Initiative transaction in Malta

PROFILE:

L.C Paper 1881 S.A. based in Catalonia, Spain, develops a new concept of tissue paper that achieves significant energy savings

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ENABLING THE INNOVATION FUTURE

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PEN speaks to the European Institute of Innovation & Technology’s Martin Kern as two new KICs on food and manufacturing are launched

HEART OF STEEL

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Amidst deep challenges facing the European steel industry, the director general of EUROFER, Axel Eggert, comments

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