Digital business is Europe’s best hope to get back to growth

Hearing at the European Parliament of Andrus Ansip, Vice-President designate of the EC, in charge of Digital Single Market. Mr Ansip is trying to listen and understand the translation of the parlamanterian's comments and worries. Hopefully he will make it.

Digital market has received a lot of interest lately in Europe. Not only by the market players that have always lobbied more favourable or less regulation in general, but most importantly by the EU leadership. New Commissioner, new priorities Jean Claude Juncker, new President of the European Commission, seems to have ‘bet all his money’ […]

Look Mom, even the House of Lords says the #righttobeforgotten is not right

Westminster Palace, hosting the House of Lords

The relation between the UK and the EU is like that passionate thing usually developped between a cat and a dog. Historically since the very beginning of this love and hate affair in 1973, when London realized that the European project is a ‘good’ one, the UK always seeked to receive special attention, reminding to […]

European Court of Justice to Google: It is #righttobeforgotten but not #righttoberemembered

Google

Did you always feel bad about that weird drunk photo your girlfriend had taken a few years ago and was posted on your Hi5 profile? How disappointed did you feel when you saw that if you Google your name, that horrible photo is still at the first 10 results even though you have today lost […]

The next EU President will first have to drink his tea at Downing Street

27/09/2011, Plenary Session in Strasbourg - Week 39 - Question hour with the President of the Eurogroup and Prime Minister of Luxembourg (EC Audiovisual Services)

The fierce political race for the top EU job is heading to its climax lately. Roughly one month away from the European elections of 22-25 May and even the pigeons at park Leopold can feel the sigh of each and every of the 766 Members of the European Parliament. Many of them will have to […]

Obama, Crimea and the TTIP pill

obama EU US Summit

It was two days ago, Wednesday 26 March, that the President of the USA paid us a visit here in Brussels and caused a congestion chaos in the Belgian capital. The reason of his visit was to sell. To sell ideas about freedom, NATO membership ‘upgrades’ and a bit of shale gas. As sales are […]

Crimea, a wicked game of political chess and a ‘big’ coincidence

Arseni Yatseniuk

Last Friday, 21 March, was a historic day in modern geopolitical proceedings. A former Soviet Union member was opening its door to the European Union while just a few hours later a significant part of the same country was being annexed by Russia. The former sentence on its own could have been taken from a […]

MEPs Anti-fraud votes for more votes?

Cecilia Malmstrom, European Home Affairs Commissioner (EC Audiovisual Services)

Fellow Europeans, you don’t have to worry any more about corruption in the Old Continent. Our MEPs voted yesterday, Thursday 20 March, in favour of the penalisation of the action of stealing your paid taxes. Can an imprisonment penalty of up to 5 or 10 years really stop the “bad boys” from usurping the EU […]

Snowden is the “EU nomination” for this year’s Oscars

Screenshot / The Guardian / Video from June story on the PRISM

After last June’s revelations about the PRISM scandal you can actually feel it that the air in world politics has less oxygen. The leaders of the major world powers, EU, USA and Russia faced severe respiratory issues during this period. Obama is still suffering from severe panic attacks, Putin broke the window to get some […]

Merkel, Mercedes and Volkswagen to abolish European democracy

Mercedes-Logo

That the German automotive industry is one of the strongest in the world is not news. Most Europeans are rather content in the idea that Europe is well represented in the fierce global automotive arena, not because we are or will ever be shareholders of Mercedes or Volkswagen, but rather because when we see an […]

Is Data Privacy really safe seen through Commissioner’s PRISM?

Photo of the PRISM Presantation (copyright: The Guardian)

It was last Friday that the European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, had a ministerial meeting in Dublin with Mr Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General. The topic of the meeting would have normally been the ongoing discussion on the transatlantic data privacy agreement. That would have been effectively the 15th round of negotiations to bridge […]