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A new report shows how private western-based companies are benefiting from multilateral development banks’ support while governments and citizens in recipient countries are delegated to the sidelines. by Claudia Ciobanu, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog The European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) launched today the study A Private Affair in which it shows how… » read more

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development praises its own achievements in the agricultural sector. A look at Ukraine, however, reveals how sustainable food provision, local communities and the quality of soil are falling by the wayside with the bank’s focus on big industrial operations. by Natalie Kolomiets, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Over the… » read more

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by Kuba Gogolewski, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog On Monday Polish NGOs Client Earth, Workshop for all Beings, Greenpeace, WWF and local community group Eco-Kociewie petitioned the General Director of Environmental Protection to cancel the environmental impact assessment permit for the Polnoc Power Plant in northern Poland. At a whopping 2 gigawatts, the Polnoc plant… » read more

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While the EU’s future common agricultural policy is taking shape in Brussels, it’s not just there that major agri-business interests are flexing their muscles to take the ‘green-ness’ out of EU agricultural spending. Interview with Estonian EU funds campaigner Triinu Vaab, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020 grind… » read more

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A potential cooperation between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the agro-corporation Monsanto has thankfully not come to fruition. The case highlights the difficulties for a large development bank to reach farmers on the ground. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Pippa Gallop, Bankwatch’s research coordinator You may remember that in November 2012… » read more

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Europe’s anti-crisis measures include efforts to increase private investments in public infrastructure. Yet, a backlash against public-private partnerships in Portugal is a warning against putting too much faith in this approach. Many reactions to the solutions proposed by Europe’s political leaders to the deepening and spreading eurozone crisis seem to revolve around two things: scepticism… » read more

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