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  Youth unemployment is a global issue. Approximately 74 million young people (15 – 24) are unemployed globally. In Europe the figure is around 4.5 million. Spain, Greece, Italy and Croatia each have youth unemployment rates exceeding 40 per cent.     The social implications of this large scale youth unemployment are profound. Very soon… » read more

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On the face of it, the cultural exception won a major victory on 14 June when the Council of the European Union unanimously agreed to keep this issue off the TTIP negotiating table. On a closer look though, the cultural exception is going through a life-threatening crisis generated by both endogenous and exogenous drivers. The… » read more

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I’ve always been interested in space. Mysteries of the universe, space travel, black holes and all that. So it was a real pleasure to hear an 83-year-old Buzz Aldrin speak at a dinner in Brussels recently, and to discover that my dinner table neighbour worked for NASA. It got me comparing the challenges of getting… » read more

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Good audit committees need to be able to deal with all types of risks – many associated with matters about which committee members have no personal prior knowledge. Cyber security is a classic example. Digital technologies are fast moving and ever more pervasive. Security matters are by their very nature often shrouded in secrecy. So… » read more

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Europe has been fertile ground for creative minds for centuries. Over the past two decades, the digital economy has taken this to a new level. The European Commission’s orientation debate on copyright, the lifeblood of creativity, therefore comes at just the right time. Those with the highest stakes in copyright have made their voice heard,… » read more

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When a technology proves disruptive and ubiquitous enough to power networks that attract 2.2 billion users – one third of the world’s population – daily, is it reasonable to pretend that nothing is happening and to support status quo? A variety of regulatory props have been designed to nurture creativity over the last five centuries.… » read more

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Est-il raisonnable de se voiler la face et de se retrancher derrière un dérisoire statu quo au moment où une technologie s’avère révolutionnaire et omniprésente au point d’attirer chaque jour 2,2 milliards de fidèles – un tiers de l’humanité – sur les réseaux dont elle est le moteur? Dans la panoplie réglementaire héritée de l’ère… » read more

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Last week, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Antonio Tajani, stated that more than 95% of the new models of data-enabled mobile phones placed on the EU market by Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signatories during the first half of 2012 offer the common charging capability. For consumers this means that the latest… » read more

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DIGITALEUROPE’s vision is of a Europe that nurtures and supports digital technology industries, and prospers from the jobs we provide, the innovation and economic benefits we deliver and the societal challenges we address. So we are pleased to read, in the renewed EU Industrial Policy published on 10 October, with the telling subtitle “A Stronger… » read more

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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck reportedly borrowed this title from a verse authored by Robert Burns: « The best laid schemes o’mice an’ men often go awry ». Arguably, times of crisis hold out as many opportunities as risks: in order to be fleet-footed enough to catch the former and ensure that they prevail over the latter, we… » read more

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