Protecting competition, or competitors?
— Europe’s pursuit of Silicon Valley

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It’s getting harder to escape the suspicion that the EU is sometimes acting in the interest of European firms who struggle to compete with a new breed of rivals like Apple, Amazon and Google. President Obama has said that the recent scrutiny by the EU competition authorities of US tech firms was driven by “commercial interests”. But the suspicions of Brussels using competition policy for protectionism are hardly anything new. In …

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OPEN aims to tap the insights of a diverse network of thinkers and experts – and our blog is a place for short, topical pieces on the subjects OPEN is working on. So please get in touch if you have something interesting to contribute. Thanks!

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Quoted on the trade implications of Brexit in Quartz

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OPEN founding partner Hosuk Lee-Makiyama was quoted by Quartz in an article on the trade implications of Brexit on 5 July. Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, it faces the daunting task of renegotiating a long list of trade deals as a newly independent entity: all the deals the EU already has with other countries, the ones the EU is currently negotiating, and a deal with …

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Quoted in EU Observer

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OPEN founder Philippe Legrain was quoted extensively about the economic contribution of refugees in Lisbeth Kirk’s article for EUObserver on how to integrate refugees into the economy. Philippe Legrain, a former economics adviser to the European Commission, said there were quite a few businesses being proactive and recruiting refugees, but overall they needed to do more. He has led one of the first comprehensive, international studies on how refugees can contribute …

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Euractiv on OPEN’s study: Les réfugiés, futur moteur économique des pays riches de l’UE

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Georgi Gotev wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee economics study for Euractiv on 19 May. « Les réfugiés sont souvent perçus comme un fardeau que l’on se partage ou que l’on esquive, alors qu’en réalité ils représentent une véritable opportunité qu’il faudrait accueillir », explique Philippe Legrain, fondateur d’OPEN et chercheur émérite à l’institut européen de la London School of Economics. « Avec des investissements de départ adaptés, les réfugiés qui travaillent, quelles que soient leurs …

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Quoted in The Economist

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OPEN founding partner Hosuk Lee-Makiyama was quoted in The Economist’s Charlemagne column on what pizza reveals about Italy’s economic woes on 6 June Chefs and farmers, pizza-makers included, have every right to brand their dish and set their own standards. The state must obviously ensure that food is safe. Governments have an interest, too, in guaranteeing the quality of some premium appellations—Champagne, say. But the profligate use of state-enforced GIs …

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IPS on OPEN study: Refugees Bring Economic Benefits to Cities

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee study for Inter Press Service (IPS) on 20 May. Author of a new study “Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment that Yields Economic Dividends”, Legrain found that refugees and migrants are more likely to start new businesses that create wealth, employ local residents, and stimulate investment. He cites the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, whose father was a Syrian migrant. In Berlin, a Syrian refugee …

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Open Up: How to fix the flaws in the EU’s Digital Single Market

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The EU has launched a blizzard of digital initiatives recently – including a wide-ranging Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, new data-privacy rules and several antitrust cases against US tech giants – with the latest announcement due on 11 January. But what if these EU initiatives don’t add up – or would actually make matters worse? In a ground-breaking new study for OPEN, Open Up: How to fix the flaws in the EU’s Digital …

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Refugees Work: A humanitarian investment that yields economic dividends

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Investing one euro – or dollar – in welcoming refugees can yield nearly two in economic benefits within five years. That is a key finding of OPEN’s new report – to our knowledge, the first comprehensive, international study of how refugees can contribute to advanced economies – which is co-published with Tent, a foundation whose mission is to help forcibly displaced people. Amid the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, developed countries …

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