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A teaser, a spoiler

Tallinn will see a new speech at the General Assembly
By Jonas Dreger (DE)

This article tells you nothing in concrete, but it will make your mouth water. Tallinn 2012 will see a new speech at the General Assembly (GA), a speech that has never been tried at an International Session. It has, however, been trialled before. Instead of telling you much about it, we thought we would give the word to those who have experienced it before and still remember it: “Contrary to the GA speeches, I do remember all of the Horizon Speeches.” But why, you may ask? One Delegate at this session had the answer: “They brought passion in the House”, whereas another felt that they were “an inspiring interruption” that was “really helpful for raising up everyone’s spirit”.
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Fish & Chips: Made in China

INTA, by Saki Shinoda (CH)

Fish and chips, that quintessential dish of English cuisine, is traditionally prepared using codfish. Now that the once-plentiful stocks of cod around Britain and in the Baltic Sea are depleted, many chippies are switching to other white fish instead. A common but inferior substitute lacking the exquisite flaky texture of cod, pangasius, is often farmed cheaply in small, muddy Vietnamese ponds. They are exported frozen via China, where the fish are deboned and packaged as fillets. Lower labour costs in Vietnam and China allow pangasius to beat out the tastier traditional Norwegian cod, endangering the quality of one of England’s finest traditions.
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Parking space, outer space and closet space

LIBE I, by Sandra Harney (IE)

‘Families: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space and the mother with closet space.’ — The 1950’s comedian Evan Esar’s definition of the word family. While the definition which can be found in “Esar’s Comic Dictionary” is by no means official, it does remind one of how the family unit has evolved over the past few decades.
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Reinventing the EU: both for the sake of today and tomorrow

AFCO, by Arnolds Eizenšmits (LV)

While Euroscepticism has been growing for years, the current economic, financial and debt crises seem to be the true catalysers for a profound change in the way the European Union (EU) works. Indeed, now is the time to redesign the institutional framework of the EU, not only to resolve the acute problems of the Eurozone, but also issues that have been present for years. Problems, such as the demographic deficit or the rather delicate challenge of balancing competences between Brussels and national capitals, must be addressed, whilst drawing up new structures.
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The other side of censorship

LIBE II, by Felix Makarowski (SE)

Internet policy – the debate on how to prevent cyber crime while ensuring freedom on the internet – has quickly become one the most controversial topics in politics. Considering the recent public outcry over attempts to pass legislature such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), how should we approach a topic to which, cynically put, every solution seems to create more problems than it solves? Here are four things to keep in mind.
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When Europe becomes the new dreamland

LIBE III, by Elisa Martinelli (IT)

The search for wealth, freedom and the improvement of living conditions have always moved masses and entire populations from country to country, from a continent to another one. A constant desire for a better life, where human rights are respected and where oppression is just a shadow of a former existence, remains one of the main causes of migratory flows. During the centuries, the name of the dreamland has changed several times. Once European masses moved to America for a better future, now it is the European Union’s turn to represent the hope of the oppressed.
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The (un)likely triangle

 AFET, by Jan Nedvídek (CZ)

If we realise that the main raison d’être of NATO was to counterbalance the power of Russia (or the USSR), it seems to be a fairly extraordinary idea that NATO and Russia now cooperate. Nevertheless, the situation today is very different from the one 50 years ago, and the threats faced by today’s nations differ substantially from the ones of the Cold War. As we have realised, the current status quo can no longer be held and the EU needs to come up with a clear strategy on how to deal with its vast eastern neighbour.
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Water everywhere… and not a drop to drink?

DEVE, By Randolf Carr (DE)

It has to seem a bit ironic that while 70 per cent of our “blue planet” is covered by water, only 0.007 per cent of that water is readily accessible for human use. Still, as small as 0.007 per cent sounds, that water would be sufficient to comfortably cover the global industrial and domestic demand of 7 billion people living on this planet. That is to say, it could be sufficient, if geography and politics would not distribute the access to it so unequally.
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Thirsty for some action

ENVI II, by Aida Grishaj (AL)

At primary school one learns how vital water is for life on our planet. However, the European Commission (EC) seems to have only recently started paying attention to this little fact. Not only the European structures, but also important international actors, such as the United Nations (UN), have promptly brought water into the spotlight.
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