Interview


    • Asparuh Iliev: Covid-19 vaccines are well-established

      Asparuh Iliev: Covid-19 vaccines are well-established

      Epidemiology has been a legitimate field of science going back centuries. Containing the spread of viruses transmissible by air invariably includes social distancing, isolation and personal protection equipment in combination with vaccines. In that sense, the strategy is pretty clear. We are extremely fortunate in this misfortune as the current pandemic does not involve a devastating virus such as the Spanish flu, says Bulgarian doctor and scientist Asparuh Iliev in an interview to BTA newswire.

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    • Ruslan Trad: EU response to events in Afghanistan is inadequate

      Ruslan Trad: EU response to events in Afghanistan is inadequate

      It is absurd that with their initial reactions Brussels and European leaders signalled to the Taliban that they could feel like possible partners. We have no reason to believe that the Taliban can form any type of legitimate government. However, regional powers such as Russia, China and Iran are likely to lend legitimacy to the Taliban - they have already signalled such intentions, says Ruslan Trad, journalist and Middle East analyst, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Valiant Richey: The fight against trafficking in human beings is getting harder and more urgent

      Valiant Richey: The fight against trafficking in human beings is getting harder and more urgent

      Countries need to start looking aggressively at the entire business model of trafficking and tackle the conditions allowing the crime to thrive. At the OSCE, we launched a programme of assistance to countries who want to increase their prosecution: we help them train their police officers, prosecutors and judges. But everything starts with political will: countries need first to see this as a priority, says Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Olivier Onidi: The pandemic changes the organised crime landscape

      Olivier Onidi: The pandemic changes the organised crime landscape

      The Anti-trafficking directive is our core instrument within the European Union, which is comprehensive, victim centred, gender specific and child sensitive. The Commission will make legislative and other proposals to make effective the fight against the financial aspects of organised crime, including trafficking, Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission and EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator, says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Zdravko Popov: US returns to the well-trodden path of liberalism

      Zdravko Popov: US returns to the well-trodden path of liberalism

      In his first days in office, US President Joe Biden got down to the business of restoring the status quo that had been dismantled by Donald Trump's stint in the White House. His strategic message America is Back, both for the domestic audience and the world, contains a number of suggestions, but I think the main one is that the US had been on a very clear and successful path before it was derailed in the past four years by the poor and downright harmful governance of the previous US president. It also means a course correction back to the familiar liberal paradigm and approach to international relations, which says that America is strong when it shares its global leadership with his partners, says Zdravko Popov, professor of political philosophy, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Séamus Boland: Civil society organisations should be part of overall crisis planning

      Séamus Boland: Civil society organisations should be part of overall crisis planning

      There are real fears that because the digital revolution is still in its early days, major mistakes will be made. These could be in the areas of data management, delayed processes, or even situations where an algorithm effectively makes the final decision. So the fear is that fundamental human rights would be infringed, says Séamus Boland, President of the EESC Diversity Europe Group, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Emily O'Reilly: Transparency clauses should have been built into vaccine contracts

      Emily O'Reilly: Transparency clauses should have been built into vaccine contracts

      It is a welcome step that the vaccine contracts have been or are in the process of being published but regrettable that transparency was not an automatic step. The public row in February between the Commission and one of the companies about the contents of one of the contracts was very damaging to public trust, says Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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