When collegiality matters… or of Von der Leyen’s loneliness

World leaders are acting quickly to confront the COVID emergency, sometimes at the expense of established rules and procedures. RSC research associate Maria Patrin examines the fall-out earlier this month when European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen bypassed the Commission’s principle of collegiality in decision-making.

The dark side of sustainability standards

Consumers pay more for ‘sustainable’ products, but what are they really getting? Rebecca Ravalli looks at sustainability standards and their lack of regulation, shedding light on how companies profit from the commodification of sustainable production.

Can the WHO’s study on COVID-19 underpin legal action against China?

Is there a legal case against China for insufficiently warning the World Health Organization in the early days of COVID-19? EUI Researcher Mike Videler examines information-sharing obligations under international law, the potential of a WHO-led study that got off the ground this week, and some possible complications.

Pandemic politics in turbulent times

In Mongolia, frustrations with pandemic policy have come to a head, leading the Prime Minister to resign. STG Policy Fellow Bayaraa Jigmiddash takes a closer look.

Who’s missing? The forgotten heroes of climate activism

Young people in the global south already live the impact of climate change, but their voices in the transnational climate movement are often marginalised or ignored. EUI Policy Leader Fellow Alice Hubbard looks at why this is the case, and makes concrete suggestions to ensure that no one gets left behind.