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Golden Visas: Why should the EU care?

Residency and citizenship-by-investment schemes, commonly known as golden visas or passports for sale, offer fast-track citizenship or residency status to foreign, wealthy investors in exchange for large investments. These programmes have been...
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Avramopoulos allegations: fake news or parable?

Only one thing is certain among the allegations, counter-allegations and rumours that are swirling around EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in recent weeks – the truth will not be known for a very long time. As Transparency...
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“The Council is a black box”

It’s good to see that others are finally calling the Council of the European Union for what it is: a black box of decision making. Citizens are mostly left in the dark on what positions their national governments are taking, supposedly in their...
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We have some questions about Azerbaijan

Tomorrow, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, will chair the EU–Azerbaijan Cooperation Council with the Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. The Azerbaijani Laundromat, which was revealed by the OCCRP last...
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The Western Balkans: Captured states or a community of law?

Yesterday, the European Commission published a new strategy that set out its vision for how the EU will engage with the Western Balkans region in the near-term. This strategy provides a path for the six Western Balkan states to become part of the EU...
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At the border: corruption, customs and trade

Trade agreements are increasingly less about administration of protection, but administration of risk. Risks to consumers, to the environments, risks to good governance. Transparency International have been supportive of the attempts in both TPP and...