Can Biometrics Technology Be the Next Best Thing?

Biometric systems can be used to control access to government buildings, banks, laboratories or information stored in computers and electronic documents. As the deployment of biometric technologies covers more areas of human activity, the need for guidelines governing their use becomes more and more urgent.

// Nov. 07, 2014 - 19:00 GMT

New Rules or no Rules?

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the gathering of leading international politicians and analysts at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi last week. Addressing the forum the Russian leader said the period of the Cold War is over, but the peace has never been made. </p>

// Oct. 31, 2014 - 18:00 GMT

To Talk or Not to Talk

On October 16–17 Milan will host the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed over he phone the preparations for talks in Milan.

// Oct. 17, 2014 - 04:00 GMT

Is Europe on the Verge of a Humanitarian Catastrophe?

With conflicts in Africa and the Middle East showing no signs of letting up, hundreds of desperate people, regardless of the risk posed to their lives, board the boats and head through stormy seas to Europe hoping for a better life and safety there. Do they find what they hope for and whos to blame for their plight? Tune in to hear what Glyn Ford, a former MEP and the leader of the anti-Nazi league has to say </p>

// Oct. 03, 2014 - 18:00 GMT

Staying Together or Going Separate Ways?

More than 4 million Scots have registered to vote in a historic referendum on September 18 to decide the future of the 307 year old United Kingdom. Agree or Disagree discusses what happens if the Scottish people say yes, and the implications of the No vote with Audra Diers-Lawson, a lecturer at Manchester Business School and Toby Fenwick, a research associate at Centre Forum think tank.

// Sep. 19, 2014 - 05:28 GMT

EU Appoints Two Top Officials

Two European leaders have been appointed to key positions in the European Council, according to an announcement at the EU summit. Italys Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini will replace Catherine Ashton as the EUs new High Representative for foreign and security policy and Polish PM Donald Tusk will become the new president of the EC. </p>

// Sep. 12, 2014 - 00:00 GMT

Home-Grown Terrorism: Who Sows the Seeds?

Over 2,000 Europeans are fighting for ISIS, with at least 400 UK citizens among them. The merciless beheading of an American journalist James Foley captured on video with the voice of an apparent British militant narrating it has alarmed the intelligent officials in the West. Ann Lewis, expert on counter terrorism and women in Islam shares her thoughts with Agree or Disagree as to why the terrorists come home to roost.

// Aug. 29, 2014 - 03:58 GMT

Africa: Another Apple of Discord Between China and US?

As a continent of great economic potential and strategic importance Africa attracts investors from abroad with the Chinese investment so far being the most aggressive. Some analysts believe that China and the US rivalry over Africa may escalate to the point of cold war.

// Aug. 15, 2014 - 00:00 GMT

Ebola Vaccine: No Profit - No License

The Ebola outbreak that started in February in West Africa took the lives of 600 people. To this day there is no known cure for the disease. Only investigational drugs are available to the scientific community. Those drugs have been tested on animals and have brought positive results, however, they cannot be used to treat humans, as they are not licensed. Professor Peter D. Walsh from the University of Cambridge believes no drugs have been licensed so far because the pharmaceutical companies are not interested as there is no profit in the Ebola vaccine.

// Aug. 01, 2014 - 18:00 GMT