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More and more employees are using digital tools to acquire new professional skills. Shutterstock

Digital technology and the rise of new informal learning methods

As new ways of working have spread throughout the workplace, a culture of lifelong learning is competing with the traditional practice of on-the-job training.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP

Speaking loudly but carrying a small stick: is the EU powerless against Erdogan?

The EU’s rhetoric after Turkey’s military incursion in Syria has not been backed by concrete action or a persuasive engagement with Erdogan’s government.
What digital border controls should be used in Russia? Wikimedia

‘Digital sovereignty’: can Russia cut off its Internet from the rest of the world?

The Russian government would like to free itself from the global Internet. This push for “digital sovereignty” has raised technical scepticism and political concerns.
In Saint-Laurent-Nouan, in the Loir-et-Cher region, one of 19 French power plants. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Nuclear power in France: imagining the industry’s future

Nuclear energy generates 75% of France's electricity, and ongoing troubles at the new Flamanville EPR reactor have raised crucial questions about its future in the country's electricity mix.
A crane carrying with melting steel at the blast furnace Schwelgern 2 at ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg , Germany (December 12, 2014). Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The ‘circularity paradox’ in the European steel industry

Europe recycles 70% of its steel, but much is exported, turning what should be a circular process into a linear one. Instead, materials need to be circularity-ready the moment they're manufactured.
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press briefing on October 8, 2019. She accused the White House of an “unlawful attempt to hide the facts” after it ruled out cooperating with an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Andrew Caballero/AFP

Trump and Nixon: Three key differences between 2019 and 1974

The impeachment investigation of US president Donald Trump has formally started, but much has changed since 1974, when Richard Nixon was forced out of office.
Supporters of the anti-Islam party Pegida attend a rally in Copenhagen on January 19, 2015. Juliane Lydolph/AFP

Asylum seekers and immigrant threat: Is there a link?

The perception of an immigrant threat in Europe is often thought to be driven by rising numbers of asylum seekers, but research indicates that political and media discourses are often the driving factor.
Apple is committed to serving “Americans”, even as Tim Cook’s company asserts that manufacturing the iPhone in the United States would not be a viable option. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Debate: Can corporate purpose be global?

New initiatives have allowed firms to enshrine their purpose in corporate bylaws, but gaps exist between local and international issues that can complicate the definition of a multinational's purpose.
A reception centre near Namur, Wallonia, one of the largest in the Belgian reception network. May 24, 2018. LUCA MANUNZA/lucalasius/instagram

How do asylum seekers view Belgium’s emergency system?

Only rarely are refugees’ and migrants’ words taken into account about the reception system in Europe. And what they tell us is frightening.
In Mexico, more than half of workers in the industrial and non-agricultural services sectors do not have access to social security. Lunamarina / Shutterstock

Human rights: the indirect impact of multinationals in emerging countries

Multinational corporations are increasingly vigilant about respecting human rights, but the case of Mexico tells us that they can indirectly encourage violations by local businesses.
A spider’s web is secure, and ours? Robert Anasch/Unsplash

Domain name fraud: is the global Internet in danger?

The announcement of a systemic attack on the Internet in February 2019 raises the question of the structure and protection of one of the major protocols of the web: the domain name service (DNS).
Jacques Chirac (here in 2005) was a defining figure in French politics after May 1968. World Economic Forum/Flickr

Jacques Chirac, 1932-2019: a political bulldozer

A look back at the distinguished career of the former president, an ardent defender of France's place in the world.

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