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EU economic governance after Brexit: Governing a disintegrating Europe.

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In this Brief we provide new insights on how fragmented political and economic interests, both internationally and intra-nationally, have been shaping EU economic policy-making in the wake of the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis and the UK’s referendum on EU membership.
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Taking Article 50 for UK Parliamentary approval can improve UK deal

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As has been widely reported in the UK press over the recent weeks, Prime Minister May has warned that if the government was forced to get parliamentary approval for Article 50, Britain would end up with a worse deal.
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Ill Fares the World: What Next? 10 observations on the US elections

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This brief provides critical analyses of the trends that can be observed in the US and what they mean in the context of Europe, especially when looking towards the upcoming crucial elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
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The EU-India Partnership: The case for greater security convergence

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The European Union and India have developed a mature strategic partnership over the years, but the relationship now faces several challenges as Brussels begins to looks inwards and New Delhi to the United States and also eastwards.
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India and the EU in the Indian Ocean maritime security as catalyst for cooperation

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At present, there are two main sources of insecurity in the Indian Ocean. The first one relates to instability in several of the hinterland and littoral states of the Indian Ocean. The second source of insecurity relates to the rise of new naval powers in the Indian Ocean
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Equal rights for all families: applying human rights principles in national and EU policy-making

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This article briefly describes the developments of the European human rights doctrine over the last 20 years as regards the right to family life of gay, lesbian and bisexual people. It shows how their couples and parenting relations are now clearly seen as protected under the notion of family life.
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Only together. The EU and the global governance of migration

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On 19 September 2016 Heads of State and leaders from Governments all over the world will gather in New York on the occasion of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants “to come up with a blueprint for a better international response” to the ever increasing movements of people across the globe.
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Demographic Change and Migration in Europe

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Historical data and projections presented in this policy brief reveal that Europe faces serious challenges from a complex interplay between demographic change, migration, weak growth and productivity and unemployment.
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The Populist Danger in the U.S. and in Europe

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This policy brief focuses on the 2016 US Presidential Election. It makes an attempt at grasping the transatlantic phenomenon of “Populism”, in light of the November 8th election in the US, but also with an eye to the recent rise of populism in Germany.
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Turkey’s Failed Coup: A Night of Irony (and Fear)

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Thinly organised, poorly executed, and uniformly condemned, Turkey’s failed coup of July 15th 2016 came as an utter surprise. The way the events unfolded struck a series of ironic tones that made the coup’s very occurrence more startling...
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The Beef with TTIP

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How European agriculture stands to lose in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
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TTIP and Climate Change: Low Economic Benefits, Real Climate Risks

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The recent climate change negotiations should inform many spheres of global governance—including international trade and investment policy. One of the most discussed new initiatives in Europe is the TTIP—a trade and investment agreement currently under negotiation with the US.
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TTIP and Sovereign Debt Restructuring - Avoiding a collision

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As members of the Eurozone are now acutely aware, the lack of a sovereign debt-restructuring regime is one of the most glaring gaps in the international financial architecture
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Democratic Implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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In the current stage of European economic, social and political integration, very few subjects are capable of crossing the national borders and prompt a genuine pan-European public debate. Since the last EU parliamentary elections, the on-going negotiation of a TTIP one of those happy exceptions.
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TTIP’s impact on the TTIP

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Public procurement has long been an offensive interest in EU Trade Policy and is given a strong profile in the Commission’s Trade for All strategy which states that ‘public procurement spending … accounts for 15% to 20% of GDP worldwide.
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The Consequences of TTIP for employees

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Even from the standpoint of a relatively small and therefore determined to be open and in many ways highly competitive market economy as the Austrian one, a dry analysis of TTIP shows little evidence for economic or even social benefits.
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UK referendum: The national vote that is determining European history

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With a matter of only days left untill the vote, Europe holds its breath awaiting the outcome. What is well known is that the race is tight. But what is inconceivable is the day after – regardless of what the outcome may be.
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The house of Trump: from nightmare to reality

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The results are in and Super Tuesday appears to have solidified Mr. Trump’s position in his march towards the Republican nomination.
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The economic case for a minimum wage

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The right-wing and neo-liberals are claiming that minimum wage is a counter-productive measure as it increases labour costs and unemployment. Academia shows that it is not the case. In most cases, minimum wage has almost no effect on employment. Sometimes the effect on employment is even positive.
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A European minimum wage policy

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The debate on a minimum wage at EU level has taken off about a decade ago, but practical work towards its realization has been limited. Major EU member states had been reluctant to follow that path, let alone have an EU-wide policy on the subject.
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Water Resources Management in Africa and the Role of Women

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Planet Earth is nearly a perfect blue sphere. The blue colour reflects the enormous amounts of water on earth. Nevertheless, this apparent abundance is an illusion. Only 2% of the visible blue landscape is fresh water.
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Regulatory Cooperation in TTIP: A risk for democratic policy making?

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) have unleashed an unprecedented debate within the EU. This debate has mostly concentrated on three points of contention.
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What is the problem with TTIP?

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How public services are affected by TTIP and what can be done about it
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The "tug war" about the inclusion on financial services in TTIP

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Financial services, which include banking, securities markets, insurance, are an important and controversial issue in the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
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Citizens' income: desirable and feasible?

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This brief was written for the Next Social Europe event that took place in Brussels on the 23rd of February . It was organised by FEPS and its partners Policy Network, CEVEA, Renner Institut, Wiardi Beckman Stichting.
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Policies for wage-led growth in Europe

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EC has long encouraged wage moderation, and it has explicitly recommended real wage growth below productivity growth. It has resulted in increasing inequality, declining share of wages in national income, and the emergence of a class of super rich without generating a sustainable growth model
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Putting Gender and LGTB+ in a political context

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Gender and LGBT+ rights (hereinafter: gender rights) are a cornerstone for progressive society and politics. The state of gender rights are, in fact, a litmus test one should run to explore and evaluate the human rights situation in a given country.
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Centripetal Forces in Europe: Cartography

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“Europe is in crisis”. Indeed, there is hardly any speech delivered today that would not begin or end with that statement. Nobody remembers anymore a situation when there was no crisis in Europe.
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Islam in Europe. Call to Europe V

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FEPS' signature event, Call to Europe, was a "starting point of a dialogue with our European Muslim fellow-citizens", as Massimo D'Alema, President of FEPS, said in his opening speech.
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Greece and Europe: Analysing the current and political landscape

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This policy brief addresses, in a comparative European perspective, three interlinked challenges that explain some of the background to the predicament Greece and the rest of the European Union, in particular older member states, find themselves today.
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Progressive Leaders Declaration for Paris: 21 proposals for COP 21

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The world community will have the unique opportunity to tackle dangerous climate change at the COP 21 hosted by François Hollande in December. We European Socialists and Democrats call urgently for an ambitious, dynamic and legally binding agreement at the COP21
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An opportunity for (r)evolution: 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action

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Anniversaries provide an opportunity offer an occasion for remembrance and stocktaking. The 20th anniversary of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is not an exception to that rule.
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EU Asylum Policy: Going beyond President Juncker’s proposal

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As Immanuel Kant in 1795 already stipulated in “Perpetual Peace”, universal hospitality and Human Rights have to be at the centre of every evolving asylum and refugee policy.
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Clash of Values: Political Background of the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

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In late summer 2015, the Hungarian refugee crisis was the breaking news on almost all important international television channels. The images depicted were previously mostly shown in connection with events on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Progressive Politics in Fragmented Times

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This Policy Brief was drafted as a reflection after a seminar held by FEPS, Policy Network and Renner Institut in Oxford in July 2015. It is organized alongside 10 Core Guidelines, which were inspired by different points made respectively during the debate
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Saving the Eurozone: modeling an alternative vision of Europe

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This Policy Brief tries to envisage a different Europe. It is the second in a series of three in which future macroeconomic scenarios for Europe are analysed using projections generated by the Cambridge-Alphametrics Model (CAM).
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Habemus deal: Iran, its nuclear programme and the world

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The positive outcome of the long and painstaking EU3+3 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme represents a historic turning point for the entire region of the Middle East and the world.
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Addressing the pressing need to reduce Global and European Imbalances

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Giovanni Cozzi, University of Greenwich, and Terry McKinley, SOAS (University of London), focus this Policy Brief on projected trends over the next ten years in two key economic variables: GDP growth rates and current-account balances as a ratio to GDP.
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European Migration Agenda: Quo vadis?

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This policy brief analyses the European Commission’s Communication and the European Council Conclusions, and sheds light on their positive and negative points, as well as their underlying objectives.
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Call to Europe on Greece

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The lessons learnt from the Greek crisis should lead the Eurozone to greater institutional convergence, which would comprise of concrete steps towards stronger governance, enhanced common fiscal and investment instruments, debt mutualisation, and more shared sovereignty.
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Beyond gender? Anti-gender mobilization and the lessons for progressives

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In recent years gender equality and the concept of ‘gender’ itself have been discredited in several European countries by their opponents as something suspicious, even an enemy. ‘Gender’ has become a concept used to mobilize the masses against diverse causes.
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ECB and democratic accountability and transparency

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Ismail Erturk. Senior Lecturer from PMO, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, says that governance mechanism is needed to make ECB democratically accountable and transparent to the Eurozone citizens and companies
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We need a democracy of credit for SMEs

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Charlie Dannreuther, lecturer in European Political Economy from the University of Leeds, explains that European SMEs are up to three times more likely to rely on bank finance than their US counterparts.
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Europe 2020 Strategy: A critical interim review

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The Europe 2020 Strategy has, as essentially expected, more or less been shelved by the Juncker Commission.
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Imbalances in the European Union

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Since 2008 the European Union has been in recession twice. Now – six years after the crisis broke out – domestic demand is still subdued and the economies are growing at a slow pace at best. Put differently Europe is still affected by the crisis and recovery prospect is bleak.
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Can Conventional Macroeconomic Policies Prevent Persistent Stagnation in the European Union?. Policy Brief n.5. November 2014

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This Policy Brief is the first of a series of three that explore progressive policies that could address the current economic dilemma of the European Union. This first one assumes a continuation of conventional macroeconomic policies together with a significant rise in capital investment.
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A gendered investment plan. Policy Brief N.2 2014

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This policy brief by Senior Economist Signe Hansen and Director Lars Andersen of ECLM explores an alternative economic framework to spearhead a gendered economic recovery in Europe.
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Parity agenda: Reclaiming ownership. Policy Brief N.1 2014

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The article was written in preparation to the fifth Transatlantic dialogue on gender issues "Woman up! for a new progressive agenda" Progressives used to be proud pioneers of the gender equality. However, since recently they slid to a defensive position against the conservative ideological...
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The tragedy of the Fiscal Compact

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Call to Europe III - Conference paper by M. Sawyer, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Leeds
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Economic crisis and gender equality in Europe

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Call to Europe III, Conference Paper on enhancing women'semployment opportunities by Marcella Corsi, Professor of Economics at the Sapienza University of Rome and Visiting Professor at ULB
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Reconstructing the Eurozone: The Role of EU Social Policy

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Call to Europe III, Conference Paper on building European Solidarity by Paul Teague, Professor of Management at The Queen's University Belfast
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The State of Growth in Europe

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Call to Europe III, Conference Paper on innovation and growth in Europe by Mariana Mazzucato, RM Philips Professor in Science and Technology Policy, SPRU University of Sussex
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Innovation and Growth: Core of the 'Europe 2020' Strategy

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Call to Europe III, Conference Paper on innovation and growth in Europe by Werner Wobbe, Employed at the European Commission, Directorate General Research and Innovation
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Europe’s economic crisis: some ideas for recovery and growth

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Call to Europe III, Conference paper on innovation and growth in Europe by Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University and Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Former European Investment Bank Senior Vice President
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The way out of the crisis: An alternative to austerity, Economic Policy Brief No.3 2013

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More than four years after the outbreak of the worst economic crises since world war two, Europe still finds itself struggling to get out of the crisis. The consequences of the crisis so far have been severe. These issues are explored by Lars Andersen, and Erik Bjørsted of ECLM in this Policy Brief.
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Europe needs a convincing recovery strategy

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Call to Europe III, Conference Paper on innovation and growth in Europe by László Andor, Pervenche Berès, Joan Burton, Yves Leterme, Henri Malosse
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EU should stand strong for its standards

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Established on the FEPS and EFDS assessment visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Policy Brief, wtritten by J. Tánczos and Danijel Tadic, gives an overview of the changing role of internatinal actors in BiH, and continues with an analysis of the internal political situation of the country.
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How can the EU Federal Government spearhead an employment-led recovery? Economic Policy Brief No.1 2013

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This Policy Brief explores a policy scenario of boosting the powers of the EU Federal Government as a means to spearhead an employment-led economic recovery in Europe. Authors: McKinley, Terry (CDPR); Cozzi, Giovanni (FEPS); Michell, Jo (CDPR), Hannah Bargawi (CDPR)
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Tackling Climate Change

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There is near universal agreement that the rapid and accelerating accumulation of man-made Green House Gases (GHGs), driven by fossil fuel consumption and deforestation, needs to be tackled urgently.
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