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Financial Times letter published on 25 March 2014 From Mr John Higgins and Mr Dean C Garfield. Sir, With the threat of conflict on Europe’s eastern borders, it is more important than ever for the European Union and the US to show unity. The transatlantic relationship represents the most important trade partnership in the world.… » read more

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Protectionism is not the answer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s doubts about control of the internet, says DIGITALEUROPE’s John Higgins. This weekend, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, said that at a Franco-German summit in Paris on Wednesday (19 February) she would discuss EU-based alternatives to the current US-dominated internet infrastructure. It is great to… » read more

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Be aware, stay secure

Sadly most of us only get serious about our security, cyber or otherwise, when we or someone close to us have a bad experience. And with cyber it’s worse. While the consequences of inadequate physical security have been clear from the time men lived in caves, cybersecurity has no such place in our collective psyche.… » read more

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Les dirigeants politiques européens s’apprêtent à renouer avec les erreurs commises à l’époque où la directive Télévision sans frontières muait en directive sur les services de médias audiovisuels: il était alors envisagé d’étendre le champ d’application de cette législation aux loisirs interactifs tels que les jeux en ligne. Heureusement, une majorité comprit rapidement que des… » read more

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European policy makers appear on the brink of making the same mistake as when the Television without Frontiers directive morphed into the Audiovisual Media Services directive: serious consideration was then given to expanding the earlier legislation to include interactive entertainment such as online games. Luckily the majority soon realized that beneath the same “skin” of… » read more

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A en croire les communiqués, l’exception culturelle a remporté une victoire décisive le 4 juin quand le Conseil de l’Union européenne, unanime, a décidé de ne pas en faire un élément des négociations du Traité transatlantique sur le commerce et l’investissement (TTIP). Un examen plus détaillé révèle cependant les facteurs endogènes aussi bien qu’exogènes d’une… » 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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The current debate between the “reactionaries” opposing globalization and the progressives behind it somewhat smacks of the 17th century row between the old and modern schools of thought. Unlike the highly political spat sparked off between Paris and Brussels, the earlier quarrel was mostly intellectual and pitted those who rated Greek and Roman times as… » read more

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The Digital Agenda Assembly took place in Dublin on 19-20 June. DIGITALEUROPE attended Workshop 1 on the Grand Coalition and Workshop 4 on technology enablers. Overall, jobs and education came out as leading drivers of the Digital Agenda. Take John Higgins’ pitch to Workshop 1. Having urged participants to define a digital job – just… » read more

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On 13 June, France’s leading evening daily published a letter from the Culture Minister addressing the cultural exception in the perspective of the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) (http://bit.ly/15ZkQRH ). On 18 June, the same newspaper was at it again with an editorial lambasting the President of the Commission for being “neither loyal… » read more

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