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  • Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

    Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

    Unless we discover and implement very quickly a revolutionary energy technology - like nuclear fusion, much cheaper batteries or much cheaper “green” hydrogen - there will be no chance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Moreover, CO2 emissions will not even decrease significantly by then. However, it could be expected that most of the money will flow towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, battery production, electrification and hydrogen initiatives as these are seen as “sustainable” investments. Some businesses will benefit a lot but the overall economic impact is questionable. But I tend to be an optimist and I do not believe we will commit a suicide, says Boyan Rashev, environmental management expert and a Managing Partner at Denkstatt.

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  • Susita Fink, puppeteer and producer: Vienna is our scenery

    Susita Fink, puppeteer and producer: Vienna is our scenery

    Drama specialist and director of a small Vienna Street Puppets theaterfink, Susita Fink and his colleagues offer the guests of the Austrian capital an interesting attraction this summer - the first cultural horse-drawn carriage that travels through the time and history of Vienna. I take historical stories and relate history to the present. The actors are from Vienna and the music is old Viennese music composed from Vienna artists like Ernst Molden. With all my performances I have a political intention to show in a funny way how little has society changed, says Susita Fink in an interview to EUROPOST.

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  • Sonya Spasova: The pandemic does not invalidate our rights

    Sonya Spasova: The pandemic does not invalidate our rights

    The imposed state of emergency has created unprecedented circumstances. Many cannot make use of their prepaid holiday to a destination abroad and what they share is that their efforts to cancel the arrangement and get a refund or postpone the reservation have been unsuccessful. That is where we come in. The experts of the ECC-Net are tasked with informing consumers about the stipulations laid out in the European and the national legislations, says Sonya Spasova, Director of European Consumer Centre - Bulgaria, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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  • Prof. Katerina Kolozova: The EU should  unify and consolidate itself to remain a player

    Prof. Katerina Kolozova: The EU should unify and consolidate itself to remain a player

    I believe the EU must start to view itself more as a political force with geostrategic instead of technocratic priorities, keeping in mind that territory, size of market, building a sense of civilisational belonging are all pressingly urgent milestones if Europe as a continent seeks to remain a global power, says Katerina Kolozova, professor of political philosophy, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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  • Josef Janning: No need for investment boom, economy will quickly pick up when the crisis is under control

    Josef Janning: No need for investment boom, economy will quickly pick up when the crisis is under control

    There is much talk about the EU as a community of destiny, but its infrastructure is still too weak to protect Europeans. After the coronavirus crisis, there will be changes to the degree of outsourcing production beyond Europe. In this context, the EU will be a very important layer of policy making to make sure that such changes will not be taken as a protectionist instrument in the hands of national governments, says Josef Janning, political scientist, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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  • Key word: solidarity

    Key word: solidarity

    From the start of the pandemic one word has taken over the entire world, and particularly Europe. This word is solidarity. It's been said every hour, even every minute - repeated by frightened prime ministers and presidents, exhausted from constant explanations heads of crisis response centres set up especially to fight the coronavirus, by top officials and police brass who provide logistic support, by medical professionals with clouded minds from lack of sleep and deficit of medicines and equipment.

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  • Boris Popivanov: The European budget cannot provide solutions to the post-coronavirus crisis

    Boris Popivanov: The European budget cannot provide solutions to the post-coronavirus crisis

    The looming social and financial cost of the coronavirus crisis, which is going to aggravate a recession that was already on its way, will increase pressure for Brussels to rethink its priorities. Various lobbies will insist that the industries they represent are most deserving of relief. A social-minded alternative would suggest that the companies should be pressured to forego a significant chunk of their profits in the name of social stability, says political scientist Boris Popivanov in an interview to Europost.

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  • Antoniy Todorov: What is needed is a wider-range policy bringing peace and reforms to Syria

    Antoniy Todorov: What is needed is a wider-range policy bringing peace and reforms to Syria

    The European Union cannot continue developing as an integrated community without a cohesion policy that is even more ambitious than the existing one. There is even a chance that the bloc disintegrates if the so-called “friends of cohesion” do not make an effort to convince their partners that the European funds are going where they are intended to go instead of certain people's pockets or down the drain. Undoubtedly, humanity is facing a crucial choice - either do something about the environment or accept that at the current pace of skyrocketing production and consumption we will go extinct pretty soon, political scientist Antoniy Todorov says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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  • Boyan Rashev: Climate-neutrality by 2050 is not an achievable goal

    Boyan Rashev: Climate-neutrality by 2050 is not an achievable goal

    Currently, the EU is at 20% emission reduction - achieved within 30 years. However, this includes the collapse of industry in Eastern Europe. Most coal-fired power generation in Western Europe is closed, the low-hanging fruits of energy efficiency are already taken. But there is no way to decrease CO2 emissions by additional 30% within 10 years only, says Boyan Rashev, environmental management expert and a Managing Partner at Denkstatt.

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