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Thoughts on Approaching a Digital Union

By Jörg Leichtfried / 13 June, 2015

Digitization can help us challenge social inequalities and discrimination, create jobs and help Europe out of the economic crisis. Digital tools will help promote transparency, fairness and accountability in today’s society. Simultaneously, digitization is changing democratic processes and business models. It will be crucial to ensure that these changes benefit...

Online Retail: The Missing Piece in Europe’s Jigsaw

By Hans Wolfgang Micklitz / 13 June, 2015

European law has come a long way in reconciling itself with online retail, says Professor Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz at the European University Institute in Florence, but consumers still need persuading. The key question? If the industry fails to deliver… how do I get my money back? Online shopping is transforming the...

Why Common Sense is not Always What it Seems

By Mark Thatcher / 13 June, 2015

The resilience of neo-liberalism in Europe’s public policy debate is puzzling. One would have thought that new ideas would have flourished following the economic crisis of 2008. Economic policy alternatives certainly exist, whether advocated by social or Christian democracy, Marxism, socialism or nationalism, while many influential voices challenge the need...

Four Observations on Mainstream Economics

By Ben Fine / 13 June, 2015

In the wake of the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), we frequently observe the total disarray of mainstream economics. It proved not only incapable of predicting the crisis but even to allow for its existence. Indeed, academic articles from leading scholars in positions of influence and policymaking continued to proclaim the...

European Culture: The Controlling Hand of Big Business

By Ken Loach / 13 June, 2015

It may be hard to define, but the idea that Europeans share common cultural traditions – from art to literature and cinema – is certainly a widely accepted one. The problem with defining European culture is that it inevitably involves long-winded, verbose statements – to which someone will always finds...

An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis

By Massimo D’Alema / 16 March, 2015

Both the UNHCR and Amnesty international have deplored the thousands of deaths of people desperately trying to escape war and poverty (it is estimated that about 2,500 people have died since the beginning of 2014). As this figure shows, we are facing an enormous tragedy that concerns us all. The...

Ecological and Social Sustainability go Hand in Hand

By Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh / 14 November, 2014

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this figure is expecting to reach 70% by 2050. Cities around the world have taken the lead on climate change adaptation and mitigation, showing what is possible and necessary. As Mr. Green points out in his report, local climate...

The Music of Democracy

By Roger Norrington / 23 June, 2014

British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is worried about growing signs of Euro-scepticism and the rise of right wing parties. He sees himself as a European but believes in the sovereignty of Europe’s nation states, and encourages musicians to become more politically active. The strange thing about my job is that...

Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment

By André Gerrits / 23 June, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and dangerous waters. Almost six months into the crisis, and after a series of important developments, several conclusions can be drawn concerning the three major actors: the Ukrainian government, the Putin leadership, and the European Union. Where...

Saving a broken euro

By Joseph Stiglitz / 23 June, 2014

As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe that finally seems to be ebbing, there is a sigh of relief that the Eurozone has not fallen apart. But the return to growth is a far cry from a return to prosperity. At the current...

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