Bridging the Climate Financing Gap

September 12, 2019

Tremendous investments in energy and technology are necessary to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a clever global solution to leverage private sector funds into climate action. It should be reformed, refreshed, and renewed with targeted incentives and higher carbon prices.

Clémence Boullanger

Securing a Connection: Governments’ Future in the World of Tech

July 20, 2019

Tech companies are transforming global power dynamics but their antagonistic relationships with governments threaten a future where societies can fully benefit from the fast-paced creation of technologies. Cooperation is needed to achieve true progress by successfully adapting to the transformative consequences of tech phenomena such as digitalization and the rise of big data.

Valeria Filippova

Avoiding Babel: Improving Climate Change Communication

May 28, 2019

One of the major obstacles to climate change policy is denialism. The discrepancy between our linear way of thinking and the systemic nature of climate change is a key obstacle to action against climate change. A change in communication strategies is essential for success.

Tea Cimini

The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control

May 13, 2019

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement is all but dead. In order to minimize the risk of a new arms race, the EU should strengthen its efforts to include China in the dialogue on arms control.

Hannah Elten

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

February 27, 2018

Our guest in this epsiode is Tim Pfefferle, one of the winners of our writing competition on new economic thinking. We discuss his article on fossil fuels and producer subsidies, their detrimental impact on climate change and global climate governance as well as possible ways out of this quagmire. We also talk about the European Investment Bank and their largest investment in the energy sector ever – €1.5 billion for a gas pipeline.

Tim Pfefferle & Felix Hoffmann

The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers

February 26, 2018 Economic Policy

Daniel DeRock exposes the shaky foundations of macroeconomic statistical methods – from GDP figures to debt measurement – and argues for a fundamental rethinking of how scholars and policymakers engage with quantitative indicators.

Daniel Derock

RE: Divide and Rule

February 22, 2018 European Policy

The EU should be wary: China bought its way into Cambodia to undermine the coherence of the region’s prime institution, ASEAN – and a similar strategy is being applied in the Union’s periphery. Here’s how Brussels can dodge history’s boomerang without compromising on its strategic interests vis-à-vis its ever-closer Eastern Neighbor.

Moritz Valentino Matzner

Blockchain and the Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

February 19, 2018 Development and Global Health

Illicit financial flows have staggering consequences for global health and development in the world’s poorest countries. Existing policies address this issue but their success is limited by a paradigm of centralization. Blockchain and mobile technologies have enabled new policy possibilities around a paradigm of decentralization and disaggregation to a wider range of stakeholders.

Michael Brooks

Public Credit Scores – A Weapon Against Debt Accumulation?

February 9, 2018 Economic Policy

Debt fueled consumption lay at the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Now ten years later, rising household debt in developed economies remains a significant issue. In this article Babatunde Valentine Onabajo proposes a novel solution: making individual credit scores public.

Babatunde Valentine Onabajo

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

February 2, 2018 Energy and Environment

Fossil fuel subsidies are bad. Bad for government budgets. Bad for the economy. And bad for the climate. While reform efforts have focused on cutting consumer subsidies, those for production remain prevalent. To realize global climate ambitions, the G20 has to get serious and end producer subsidies.

Tim Pfefferle