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**Why the European Union needs a new global strategy**

The EU's Foreign and Defense Ministers have met in Brussels on Monday. One point on their agenda was the strategic review of the EU's security environment and the challenges and opportunities arising for the #EU. Dirk Messner and Imme Scholz say why the EU should develop a global strategy.
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**Financial market regulation must also help refugees and migrants**

The plight of refugees and displaced persons continues to dominate political discourse in Germany and Europe. The EU guidelines for #paymentservices and the 'Payment Settlements Directive II' could potentially make a major contribution to international development, argue Benjamin Schraven & Birgit Schmitz.
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**Tackling Egypt’s Transformational Challenges**

In March the “Egypt Economic Development Conference” took place in Sharm el Sheik. The outcomes of this conference are encouraging but also point to how important it is for Egypt to show commitment for a transformational agenda, argue Georgeta Vidican & Yasser Sherif.
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**World Water Day: 22 March 2015**
The slogan of this year's ‪#‎WorldWaterDay‬ is “Water and Sustainable Development”. There is no development without ‪#‎cleanwater‬. Shared Rivers among countries imply challenges as well as potential for development, says Rawia Tawfik.
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* Energy as the seventh Sustainable Development Goal***

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt a new ‪#‎post2015‬ agenda with universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a proposal with 17 goals. Matthias Ruchser has had a deeper look into the seventh SDG: to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern #energy for all”. But just what is affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy?
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**Is decmocracy in decline?**

Why have freedom & ‪#‎democracy‬ been regressing? The most important and pervasive answer is bad ‪#‎governance‬, argues Larry Diamond from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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**Burundi: from instability to escalation**

Currently, thousands of people escape daily from ‪#‎Burundi‬. The upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, on 26 May and 26 June respectively, have the potential to spark major conflict in the country. International donors are faced with three problems says Stephan Klingebiel.
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* Paradigm shift in the Syria and Middle East policy? *

Minister Müller of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) announced further € 155 million for the Syrian refugee crisis this week. But how to proceed in ‪#‎Syria‬? Can the ‪#‎Assad‬ regime become a partner of the West again? Bernhard Trautner warns against Western compliancy.
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**The Declaration of Principles on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam**
The Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance #Dam (GERD) signed by the three Eastern Nile countries (Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan) on 23 March 2015 in Khartoum has sparked much controversy among experts and commentators in Egypt says Rawia Tawfik.
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**SDGs and debt sustainability: an empty promise?**

According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund, a quarter of the world’s poorest countries are currently so highly indebted that they are at high risk of plunging into a ‪#‎debtcrisis‬. In relation to these countries’ economic performance their debts are regarded as “unsustainable”.
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**European #tradepolicy at an impasse**
All eyes are currently on the negotiations on ‪#‎TTIP‬  which the European Union and the United States have been engaged in since summer 2013. But the significance of this agreement is being overestimated by proponents and opponents alike. We are losing sight of the real challenges for Europe emerging in the Asia-Pacific economic region says Axel Berger.
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**World climate treaty approaches final straight: everything still to play for!**

The signatories to the UN Framework Convention on #ClimateChange agreed on a draft text for a new international #climatetreaty. Steffen Bauer and Clara Brandi explain more to you in The Current Column.
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The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international development policy worldwide. Combining research, consulting and professional training, DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks.

Das Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) zählt weltweit zu den führenden Forschungsinstituten und Think Tanks zu Fragen globaler Entwicklung und internationaler Entwicklungspolitik. Durch das Zusammenspiel von Forschung, Beratung und Ausbildung baut das DIE Brücken zwischen Theorie und Praxis.