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December 4th, 2014: Defend EU aid: An open letter to EU leaders

We are writing to express our deep concern over the current state of the negotiations on the EU’s budget for 2015. The outcome of the ongoing discussions between the European Parliament and Council will have major implications for Europeans as well as people beyond our borders, and could result in the European Commission being unable to honour its 2014 commitments to partners or to provide new funding in 2015.

December 1st, 2014: European Parliament resolution on children’s rights: Our assessment

25 years ago, world leaders made a promise: to protect and fulfil the rights of all children. Rights to grow up safe and healthy, to express their views, and fulfil their potential. But the reality is that, 25 years on, that promise remains unfulfilled for millions of children throughout the world. The EU has a key role to play in changing this picture and fulfilling the rights of all children. Here, we outline our thoughts on the recent EP resolution on children's rights, with five things we like a lot and five things we like less.

November 28th, 2014: Q&A: The EU budget crisis explained

With the European Commission already unable to honour bills legitimately incurred in 2014, Member states have proposed serious cuts to the 2015 budget, including development and humanitarian aid, which jeopardises the EU’s ability to respond to complex global challenges. It also sends the wrong signal about the EU’s ambition to tackle poverty and respond to crises in what is a critical year for the future sustainable development framework.