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EQUIP Europe

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Why an increasingly diverse Europe needs EQUality In Procurement for ethnic minority entrepreneurs The world’s first Covid vaccine was developed by BioNTech, a German biotechnology company founded and led by scientists of Turkish origin. CEO Uğur Şahin was born in Turkey and moved to Germany as a child to live with his father, who was a “guest worker” in a car factory in Cologne. His co-founder – and wife – …

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Ever Cleverer Union launch

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Philippe Legrain presenting Ever Cleverer Union: how AI could help EU institutions become more capable, competent, cost-effective and closer to citizens Great panel discussion with (from left to right): Jochen Richter, Director, Support and Technological Services for Translation, European Parliament; Eva Maydell, Member of the Industry Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee, European Parliament; Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Co-founder, OPEN; Dana Manescu, Head of Unit, Social Media & Video Communication, DG COMM, European Commission; …

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Ever Cleverer Union

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OPEN’s new report explains how AI could help EU institutions become more capable, competent, cost-effective and closer to citizens Europe’s productivity performance is woefully inadequate. But the development and deployment across the economy of artificial intelligence (AI) tools could provide a big boost, benefiting citizens, businesses and public administrations – not least the EU institutions, the focus of this report. Ever Cleverer Union: How AI could help EU institutions become …

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Mobility matters

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Even in a digital age, trading services often requires people to move too, says Sam Lowe The internet makes the world feel smaller. Gone are the days when sending documents overseas took months, or paying for a 20-minute call to a supplier in the Philippines required taking out a second mortgage. Yet services trade is still constrained by geography – a 10% increase in distance between countries tends to reduce services …

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Out with Orban

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Plus: the right Canadian model for Brexit Britain; the coming trade war over European cars For all her faults, Angela Merkel has done more to help refugees in recent years than any other European leader. So it is incongruous – indeed, shameful – that the German Chancellor’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is in the same political group in the European Parliament as Fidesz, the party of Hungary’s vehemently xenophobic …

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Pushing back against anti-immigrant forces; EU democracy; trade wars

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For the first time in years, anti-immigrant hardliners in the UK are on the back foot. The Windrush scandal has generated an outpouring of support for people who have contributed so much to Britain for so many years, only to be threatened with deportation by Home Office officials because they couldn’t prove their immigration status – a chilling reminder that without proper safeguards some EU citizens could suffer a similar post-Brexit fate. The new …

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After the G20, can the EU lead on trade?

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By Iana Dreyer At the G20 summit in Hamburg over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders were among the few advocates for free trade. In a summit declaration heavy on weasel words such as “reciprocity”, “mutual”, “trade defence”, “level playing field”, they managed to insert a commitment (with caveats) to “keep markets open”. Which begs the question: With President Donald Trump leading the US in an increasingly protectionist direction, might …

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Europe’s many crises haven’t gone away

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Europe’s refugee crisis hasn’t gone away. While the grubby deal between the EU and Turkey has staunched inflows to Greece, many refugees are trapped there and various walls and barriers block the Balkan route, record numbers of people are taking the longer and more dangerous crossing from lawless Libya to Italy. More than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, according to the IOM. …

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The DSM strategy at half-time

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Today, the European Commission has published its “half-time results” on the Digital Single Market project. Any exercise in self-assessment ought to be taken with a pinch of salt, and this is no exception. As expected, the Commission’s half-time report is a mixed bag of nuts. Brussels hails DSM as a success even in areas where it didn’t do enough – like audiovisuals; it calls for more action on areas where Europe …

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Open Up quoted in Project Syndicate

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To be sure, the European Commission promised to create a single digital market two years ago, estimating that it could boost the EU economy by €415 billion ($448.5 billion) annually. But Hosuk Lee-Makiyama and Philippe Legrain of the Open Political Economy Network recently delivered a scathing assessment of the results. Europe’s “single digital market,” they argue, currently amounts “to a jumble of outdated, corporatist, counterproductive industrial policies that favor producers over consumers, …

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