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A conversation between Robert Madelin and Marc Davis The boundaries of our physical and digital worlds are melting away at unprecedented speeds, leaving many of our policy-makers, heads of government and business people unprepared to integrate new concepts into decision-making processes. Technologies have evolved and continue to do so, while vast amounts of data are… » read more

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By Abigail Hunter Not even a year into membership and, already, the Russian Federation is illustrating how its accession will serve as the final nail in the coffin for the World Trade Organization (WTO) in its’ original role. Energy, agriculture, and compliance are longstanding, contentious issues between Russia and the European Union (EU) and now… » read more

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Accountability and the EU

‘Accountability’ has several meanings, depending on the situation it is used in. In his article “Analysing and Assessing Public Accountability. A Conceptual Framework”, Mark Bovens claims that accountability for the European Commission for example is not only synonym for ‘clarity’, ‘transparency’, and maybe most importantly: ‘responsibility’, but that it includes concepts like ‘involvement’ and ‘participation’… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

Camerons Drohung

By Eric Bonse Der britische Premier Cameron will die Eurokrise nutzen, um Sonderkonditionen für sein Land herauszuschlagen. Er strebe eine “neue Vereinbarung” mit der EU an, sagte Cameron nach einem Bericht der “FT“. Offenbar will er die – ohnehin laxen – EU-Sozialgesetze lockern. Die Drohung richtet sich auch an Berlin, das auf Schmusekurs mit London… » read more

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Brussels: Forecast for 2013

Looking back at a year marked by interesting developments, we can look ahead to 2013 anticipating lots of exiting new things. The European economic crisis, which continues in 2013, and its impact will further influence the European construction. A new ‘European Union Treaty’ would increase European integration. Most likely a broad debate on the future… » read more

Posted by Dan Luca

By Stavros Papagianneas Greece is in a deep and protracted economic recession. Austerity measures are hitting researchers in the country hard in their pockets. The economy shrank 18.4% in the past four years and the IMF forecasts it will contract another 4% in 2013 as Athens struggles to reduce debt in exchange for billions of… » read more

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More than 80,000 people follow Herman Van Rompuy on Twitter. This has become an indispensable tool for Brussels correspondents, who check his feed regularly, less to better know the mind of the man fronting the Council of the European Union; more for official statements on the facts emerging from the Council. Everyone can throw their… » read more

Posted by Marc Hall