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  Guest post by Johan Merlevede. Merlevede is the director of Leuven MindGate, an association that represents the knowledge, high-tech, and healthcare sectors in Leuven, Belgium. Shout the phrase ‘innovation hub’ into a crowd of European techies or start-up fanatics and they’ll probably assume you’re talking about one of the grand capitals known for their… » read more

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Guest post by Joakim Palme, Chair, Delmi and Professor of political science at Uppsala University and Kristof Tamas, Director and Head of Secretariat, Delmi. The 2015 refugee crisis led to a series of changes in European Union migration policy, including the reintroduction of border controls and an arrangement with Turkey. Although the influx of asylum… » read more

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Guest post by Tomas Zdechovsky. Zdechovsky is EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Budget Control Committee. “One of the reasons Communism was not successful economically was the planned economy. Bureaucrats in the capital decided at their desk how much wheat to grow in which season and with which fertiliser, to give just one example. They knew little… » read more

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Guest post by Helen Parker, Business analyst and legal advisor. After milk quotas, market fluctuations, EU-induced overproduction, free trade deals facing more competitive United States producers, and impossible red tape, EU farmers may be in for yet another challenge, with the possible introduction of very restrictive limits on the cadmium in their phosphate fertilizers, which… » read more

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  Guest post by Sarah Grand-Clement is an analyst at RAND Europe in the defence and security team. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech at Mansion House in early March focused largely on the important border questions with the Republic of Ireland, and wider financial and legal agreements. While it did provide a perfunctory nod… » read more

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  Guest post by Richard Samans and Simon Messenger. Richard Samans is Chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and Managing Director and member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum. Simon Messenger is Managing Director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. Expectations of investors and regulators are changing regarding the obligation of… » read more

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Guest blog post by Denis MacShane, the UK’s former minister for Europe and author of Brexit, No Exit. Why (in the End) Britain Won’t Leave Europe (IB Tauris) UK based airlines will face serious problems sorting out their flying rights when the UK leaves the Single Market and Customs Union. Ryanair has announced it will… » read more

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  Guest blog post by Josef Lentsch. Lentsch is Director of NEOS Lab, the party academy of the liberal party NEOS in Austria, and author of the book “Political Entrepreneurship”, to be published in Autumn 2018. The Italian election provided a warning shot for everyone who thinks the populist wave is over. Far from the… » read more

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Guest blog post by Nicolas Tenzer. Tenzer is chairman of the Paris-based Centre for Study and Research for Political Decision (CERAP). Institutions of democratic transparency and judicial independence recast as a “deep state.” A ruling party determined to stand by criminally tainted figures. George Soros invoked as an insidious force fomenting political instability. That description… » read more

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