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In this post we argue that the debate on the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation is unhealthy: that ‘fundamental rights’ are used as a shield to avoid real discussions on practical implementation, that wild assertions are made about the economic effects of privacy rules, and that European industry’s views, when not dismissed as those… » read more

  Posted by The eCommerce Blog - by Allegro Group

  The agricultural-science world is looking on in horror as countries, regions and retailers are beginning to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient found in Monsanto’s main herbicide, Roundup. These restrictions are not being implemented on scientific grounds (per exposure level, coffee and biscuits are far more toxic than glyphosate) but on the basis of moral… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

A refugee crisis with few real remedies in sight; a faltering economic outlook; a Greek debt crisis that is likely to return; a lack of common action in fighting against ISIS; clearly the European Project is in dire straits and it is up to the next generation to assume a leading role in its redefinition.… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

New Plan: Legal Certainty

Guest post by Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries. The Commission has told MEPs and ministers that it has no ‘plan B’ if the proposal to enable national bans on the ‘use’ of GMOs is rejected. It is the whole food and feed chain’s hope that this means that should… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

MY-WAY, the two-year project which set out to improve the startup ecosystem for students in Europe, just released a research study based on its recent online survey for young adults and on face-to-face interviews with student support centres. The survey and interviews were implemented to identify the needs and capabilities of the student networks and… » read more

  Posted by Key to Europe

China has spooked investors. What has been happening on financial markets for over a month, since the speculative bubble burst in Shanghai, is reminiscent of the onset of the great recession in 2008-2009, especially when coupled with the decline in crude oil prices, which is widely perceived as a harbinger of recession. The standard explanation… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

Firming things up

The Boeing 777X team reached a key milestone this week with the completion of firm configuration for the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family. The team reached this milestone after years of collaboration with customers and suppliers to make sure Boeing had the optimal configuration for the airplane.     You may have… » read more

  Posted by The Aviation Blog

The Road to Nowhere

  Could EU data protection rules ultimately thwart the Juncker Commission’s digital ambitions?   The Juncker Commission’s flagship Digital Single Market Strategy, in the words of former DG CONNECT Director-General Robert Madelin[1], is “focused, ambitious, and risk-taking”. Indeed senior European Commission officials will acknowledge that in implementing the DSM, the Commission is going to have… » read more

  Posted by The eCommerce Blog - by Allegro Group

I’m launching a weekly enewsletter to ensure I absorb something from the social media firehose. I’ve already written about research showing that people share stuff they don’t actually read, for reasons buried deep in our dopamine-fixated minds: But even as you take a closer look, you feel FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) tugging you back… » read more

  Posted by Mathew Lowry

This is the third part of a series that looked at how emphasising the hazard-based approach to regulations has led to irrational decisions and the rise of the contrapreneur’s agenda to return to some pre-industrial ideal world where we lived risk-free with nature. I ended by questioning how this incoherent policy agenda could succeed in… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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