James Crisp. Freelance journalist in Brussels.

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COP21 deal at risk over development aid ‘greenwashing’

Development aid commitments by European Union countries are at “increasing risk” of being greenwashed to meet climate finance promises to poorer nations that could be a “deal-breaker” for an international agreement to … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Funds to fight death penalty spread too thin

“Modest” EU funding earmarked to fight the death penalty and torture across the world is spread too thinly across too many projects, and is being spent in countries with little … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Growing share of European development aid disguised as loans

EXCLUSIVE: About a third of German, and more than half of French development aid payments made since 2005 were in fact loans to poorer countries on which they will receive interests, EurActiv … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

EU tax treaties draining developing countries

Spain negotiated the largest rate reductions in its tax treaties with developing countries, out of 15 EU nations scrutinised for their record on international tax-dodging in the wake of the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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