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The European Commission is holding a public consultation to evaluate the Transparency Register that supplies information on EU lobbyists and the policy process. As a professor and trainer in lobbying and a somewhat active analyst, I thought it might be worth sharing my humble opinion. As this is about transparency, I feel it should not… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

par Emmanuel Morucci Peut-on sortir indemne du sommet des Chefs d’états et de gouvernement des 28 pays membres qui s’est tenu ce lundi à Bruxelles? Sans doute pas. Pas sûr, en effet, que les citoyens européens s’y retrouvent. Encore moins certain que ces derniers augmentent leur degré de confiance dans le projet européen. J’utilise volontiers… » read more

  Posted by Morucci Europe Blog

Prepping for AfterTrump

So you think “President Trump” is the worst case scenario? The rise of American authoritarianism provides the best article I’ve read explaining the Rise of Trump, even if it’s a bit longer than previous favourites. It covers psychological research into authoritarianism, the profile characterized by a desire for order and a fear of outsiders: “People… » read more

  Posted by Mathew Lowry

There is a battle of wills underway in Malta. The current Labour government has faced many accusations of incompetence and corruption in it’s short time in power, but without hard evidence, they remain just accusations. Recently however, those accusations have stepped up several notches. Malta really only has four sources of written news reporting –… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

Dropping the ballast

European Union is not sailing the waves of multiple crises particularly well. It is still floating, but just barely, patching things up and dropping the ballast. Last year, when the existence of Eurozone was (again) in question, Greece was ritually sacrificed. It´s new government had to swallow a bitter – and largely counter-productive – medicine,… » read more

  Posted by Rado's Blog

La pasada semana se celebraba en Estrasburgo, en la sesión plenaria del Parlamento Europeo, el debate sobre el Estado de la Unión. Correspondió al presidente de la Comisión, Jean-Claude Juncker, trazar en su discurso el marco de situación en que nos hallamos y la estrategia para afrontar los principales a los que se enfrenta la… » read more

  Posted by Con acento hispano

  The Risk-Monger attended an event today on lobbying transparency hosted by the European Ombudsman entitled: Is Brussels the new Washington DC? For almost two hours, the room was forced to listen to talk about how to offset the influence of evil industry lobbyists – I was standing with the microphone in my hand, itching… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Recent attacks on environmental NGO activists by government officials have left many to conclude that environmentalism should be criminalised. The Risk-Monger finds this just a tad too harsh, and on the occasion of Earth Day, thought he should come to the defence of his green friends. Although I agree we should not act or design… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

On Earth Day, the Risk-Monger has decided to defend environmentalists. In this blog he will show that they are not criminals but merely social deviants and, unlike many Western politicians, feels that they should not be incarcerated for their campaigns.

Whom the law protects

Written by Ivan Bielik (member of IPWG) Last days have brought into the light interesting issue of the fundamental clash between national security and civil liberty. One needs to examine the role of law in the society in deciding about this issue, because the law system creates a backbone of society we live in and… » read more

In Deutschland ist im Bereich der Privatsphäre ein kleiner Sieg zu Gunsten der Verbraucher zu verzeichnen: Facebook darf nicht mehr selbsttätig an Kontakte aus den E-Mail- und Handy-Adressbüchern der Nutzer Einladungen für Facebook-Mitgliedschaften verschicken. Zunächst klingt dies gut, da sich seit langer Zeit viele Internetnutzer weit mehr als nur ein bisschen darüber wundern, Einladungen von… » read more

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