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By Peter Wilding With the whole world telling her to get a grip now, mild-mannered German Chancellor Angela Merkel is clearly feeling the heat. Just as the “Gang of Four” EU presidents released their ‘Eurobond + budget veto’ solution to the problems in the Eurozone, she did a Thatcher by telling her MPs that any […]

The Council of the European Union adopted on the 25 of June 2012 the long awaited and delayed “Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy”. The Framework sets out principles, objectives and priorities, all designed to improve the effectiveness and consistency of EU policy towards third countries as a whole in the next […]

By David Gow The pressures on Angela Merkel – and Germany – to solve the euro crisis through a decisive and comprehensive display of “solidarity” are intensifying by the day. As the yield on Spanish debt reached a new high of 7% early today (Thurs), heralding a new stage in the apparent crisis end-game, the […]

Lately I have been coming across the dubious pro-market account of breaking up the eurozone on the premise that it will lead to the creation of many currencies that will effectively compete with one another. The argument goes that since competition is always a factor of efficiency, then so must the competition of national fiat […]

By Petar Pismestrovic. Image source: The Greek Crisis Readers of my blog know the following things concerning my view on Greece and the eurocrisis: The crisis in Greece is not cyclical.It is not about relative prices but about absolute productive capacities. Focusing only on Greece is false, since the crisis is deeply rooted in the ill […]

Le coucou est-il plus intelligent que l’hirondelle qui, chaque année, s’exténue à fabriquer son propre nid, alors que le premier se contente de squatter le lit des autres ? En matière d’innovation, cette question tient éveillé la nuit plus d’un directeur d’entreprise. Cela vaut-il encore la peine d’investir en recherche et développement (R&D) ?

Une entreprise ne peut-elle envisager une autre façon, plus souple et plus rapide, de réagir aux changements d’environnement concurrentiel et de prendre des initiatives nouvelles ? Karl Stark et Bill Stewart, deux consultants américains spécialisés dans l’accompagnement des entreprises en forte croissance, suggèrent, pour leur part, la possibilité de transformer une partie de l’organisation en véritable incubateur de projets innovants.

Le modèle d’enseignement et d’apprentissage, en général, soit celui en vigueur également dans les entreprises, n’a pas évolué au cours des derniers siècles. Plutôt que d’être centré sur un professeur, l’enseignement et l’apprentissage de demain va se centrer sur les élèves. L’expérimentation, la mentoring, l’autonomie, la mise en réseau seront les principes de base de l’éducation du 21ème siècle, quel qu’en soit le cadre, insiste cette présentation de Alvaro Gonzalez-Alorda.

In an intelligent and highly readable essay, Fareed Zakaria, a close Obama adviser, analyses the fundamental changes in the distribution of power in international affairs, away from US dominance. He claims that what we are witnessing today is one of geopolitics’ “tectonic power shifts”, the third in the last five hundred years in order of […]

Following up my last article on European identity and how direct taxation can produce the necessary power impulse towards the creation of a European public sphere, I shall elaborate on the distinction that needs to be drawn between the traditional types of national identity and the new form of conventional, parallel identity that can be […]

A game of musical chairs

As several top jobs change hands, Britain – and the EU – can show some clout By David Gow A new bout of musical chairs at the top of global and European institutions should provide evidence of the political clout of Britain – and the EU. And, more critically, it should indicate whether the BRICs […]

I’m amazed that the mainstream press ignored the important statements made by Jacques Delors, the long-serving Commission President, seen by many as one of the “Fathers of Europe”. Delors said that EU leaders were “killing Europe”, replacing the community method by inter-governmental solutions and nationalism, with the complicity of the Union’s institutions. He named Nicolas […]

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