Tag: op-ed

The ‘new reality’ for Greece under the leadership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, delivered his first policy speech in Parliament yesterday, outlining his government’s program and presenting his legislative agenda until the...

Media freedom attacked with impunity in Europe

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"Targeting journalists puts everyone's liberties at risk," warned Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media, two weeks ago at the "Journalists under Attack"...

Renewing Europe

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PARIS -- Citizens of Europe. If I am taking the liberty of addressing you directly, it is not only in the name of the history...

We have to force Facebook to be responsible on illegal content

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It’s 15 years since Facebook was born and – like all adolescents – it’s getting into trouble. However, Facebook’s kind of trouble is a...

January 22, at Aix-la-Chapelle

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This coming Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle), the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emanuel Macron, will sign a new...

Inauguration of Georgia’s first woman president is not a sign of progress, but a...

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Despite critical assessments of Georgia’s November 28 runoff presidential election from much of the international community – observers expressed alarm about political violence, intimidation, vote-buying on...

Germany is still playing defence

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An old joke among non-Americans is that they, too, deserve a vote in US presidential elections, given how central that office is to their...

Europe in disarray

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It was not all that long ago – just a few years, as hard as that it is to believe – that Europe appeared...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that...

The Italian budget saga: Let’s focus on facts

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In these days Italy’s 2019 budget plan is under the lens of many international observers, starting with the analysts of the most important institutional...

Border Rumpus: Britain’s beef with Brussels Brexit bullying

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A mounting backlash to the EU's blatant power grab over British sovereignty in Ireland and voter betrayal in Downing Street is now palpable. Post-summit reaction...

How EU Amazon Antitrust Probe Spotlights Amazon as an Unlevel Playing Field

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Consider the ways that the EU’s announced antitrust probe of Amazon is a game changer in spotlighting how Amazon Marketplace’s conflicted-expanse is a de facto unlevel...

The Trump-China Syndrome… and Europe

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US-China relations are deteriorating due to the initiatives of Donald Trump. The American president thinks and reacts as an intelligent businessman, not as a...

Myanmar vs Maldives EU interference

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Nearly one million people have fled the Rakhine state in Myanmar over the past 12 months.  They brought with them horrifying testimonies of the...

Armenia’s “Watergate” – Time for the West to act

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Sometimes it can be hard to prove that a country’s political leaders are ordering arrests and prosecutions, but in the case of Armenia, we...

EU Should Push to Protect Rights in Diamond Trade

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As the European Union gears up to host governments, the diamond industry, and nongovernmental groups involved in the diamond-trading city of Antwerp to take...

Europe must be proactive in addressing emerging cyber threats

In March of this year powerful cyber-attackers breached the German Foreign Ministry’s computer network and gained access to highly-sensitive information. Similarly, in June 2017...

Lights, curtains… the GDPR is finally on stage!

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The world is watching. On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation will be fully applicable across all Member States and all organizations processing...

BEREC’s net neutrality process is a black box

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Strand Consult has followed the net neutrality debate around the world for years. Its team includes some of the leading experts, and we have...

Reforming the investment system is the gateway to better futures in Iraq and Syria

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 The recent escalation of violence in Ghouta in Syria has brought the failure of peace negotiations into sharp relief. Yet while efforts to bring...

Let’s agree on MFF: The urgent need to change the way Member States are...

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When it comes to having MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework) it’s not the last call yet, but time is running out. There are serious concerns...

The ECJ must not betray Morocco on February 27

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On February 27, the 15 judges of the European Court of Justice will gather to announce their decision on an ongoing dispute regarding the...

Failing fat cat executives must face greater scrutiny

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I am not opposed to the healthy remuneration of executives for success – quite the opposite – however it has become clear that Corporate...

Global Markets Make Global Rules

MiFID II is a piece of European legislation aimed at European financial markets. While this suggests its authority is geographically limited, the reality is...

Commerciality is required to make the best of Brexit

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The British public has been consistently reminded in recent weeks and months of the high economic impact of Brexit. Just last week the RAND...

Applaud and not criticise the Commission for upholding the Birds’ Directive in Malta

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Professor Juan Bautista Torregrosa Soler in his piece on Malta’s finch trapping tradition, reverberates an earlier piece published by Malta’s trapping federation’s Lino Farrugia on...

A dark year in the fight against corruption

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2017 has been a dark year on the anti-corruption front. Far too many allegations of corruption have affected public and private organisations alike. Dishonest...

The paradox of banning glyphosate and battling climate change

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I have recently returned from COP23 in Bonn where countries from across the world gathered to discuss how to achieve the targets agreed to...

Economic prosperity requires innovation in education

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As an entrepreneur, innovation is at the heart of what I do. In the early days of Kusto Group, our success came about by...

MiFID II: All too human

The whole of the financial industry presently has one date on its mind: January 3rd 2018. That is when MiFID II (a revamped version...

Are Internet companies complicit in promoting hateful and harmful content?

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Child pornographers, human traffickers, cyber-criminals, terrorists and extremists have weaponized the Internet. Technology companies have been slow to recognize, admit to, and respond to...

Brexit hysteria on both sides of the political divide is unnecessary; it is time...

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We have all been frustrated by the slow progress made over the last few months in negotiating an exit deal between the European Union...

Is Investment in Colombia’s ICT Sector in Danger?

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After the recent Peace Agreement with the FARC rebels, Colombia seemed like the next Latin American promise. However, according to the Central Bank foreign...

Fear of happiness

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One would assume that everyone seeks happiness in life, but unfortunately, this is far from true. Firstly, we aim to confirm the beliefs we...

How U.S. Internet Commons Policies Lessen Growth Jobs & Security

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This Op-Ed was originally published in the Daily Caller. If prices are zero and property scorned, where’s the growth, jobs or value creation? To grow and...

Political communication in the (iconic) Trump epoch

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This content is part of 'European View' on New Europe's Knowledge Network, supported by the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies   Introduction Whether Trump is the...

Now, we have to live with Trump

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Right from the start, a Donald Trump victory was easy to predict. Only those isolated from the bulk of our society and who live...