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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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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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“Liberty, how many crimes are perpetrated in your name!” History tells that these were the last words uttered by Manon Roland before being beheaded by guillotine in 1793. She was not afforded much time to elaborate, but considering the context (she was executed by the very same people whose cause – the French revolution –… » 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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