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What should EU leaders propose when they’ll meet with Russia’s new President, Dmitry Medvedev? In Europe’s World’s latest issue, Mark Leonard, Nicu Popescu and Jacques Andréani came up with some suggestions  A five point strategy for EU-Russia relations      The EU badly needs a new approach in its dealings with resurgent Russia, write Mark Leonard and… » read more

Viviane Reding, the Commissioner in charge of communications, has had another brilliant idea. She wants to enable all air passengers to use their cell-phones and e-mails from the skies and has persuaded the Commission to create an appropriate legal framework. She expects airlines to avail themselves of opening, as they will not want […] Original… » read more

The Erfurt Meetings – March 2008 (executive summary) With globalization, the world is becoming more and more complex and interconnected. In business, this complexity and interdependence are reflected through the increasing pressure of different stakeholders, internal and external to the firm. We believe diversity can promote and bring to the Board the necessary capabilities, creativity,… » read more

Article wrote by Meryem Marzouki, EDRI-member IRIS for EDRi-gram 6.7 The 9th meeting of the Council of Europe (CoE) group of specialists on Human Rights in the Information Society (MC-S-IS) was held in Strasbourg from 31 March to 2 April 2008. At the same time, on 1-2 April, another division of the CoE was holding… » read more

(Executive Summary of the conclusions of the European Citizens’ Seminar held in Erfurt, Germany, 15-18 March 2008). With globalization, the world is becoming more and more complex and interconnected. In business, this complexity and interdependence are reflected through the increasing pressure of different stakeholders, internal and external to the firm. We believe diversity can promote… » read more

The Deepest Need

European democratic and real Government on issues of common interest: 1. A single, strong currency would be the best basis for economic growth… if we had also a continental level of public policies. Otherwise we waste the greatest advantage of Euro’s value on the market 2. A single voice on foreign affairs doesn’t mean only… » read more

European agriculture is characterised by a massive overproduction each year, hence the so called “lakes of wine/milk” which are so often referred to. For instance, billions of liters of wine are not sold each year, especially in France, Italy or Spain and yet the CAP still pays for wine makers to produce as much. Since… » read more

The Environmental Committee of the International Maritime Organisation has taken a long overdue decision, which will put an end to virtually all sulfur dioxide emissions from shipping. With more than 20 years delay the shipping industry thus follows the example of electricity generation that had to eliminate sulfur emissions under heavy pressure from citizens in… » read more

Bart Franken & Erwin Hoeskma from Kema explain what regulators need to consider in establishing an effective voltage quality regulatory framework for distribution networks. In particular, they consider the regulation of five voltage quality dimensions: short interruptions, voltage dips, flicker, supply voltage variation, and harmonic distortions. Their work assesses the most appropriate regulatory control method… » read more

Jeremy Bentham and Jeroen Van de Veer presented Shell’s latest scenarios Scramble and Blueprints to Brussels policymakers on 7 April. Their visions for the future look pretty grim although they were not very upfront about it and their plea for big government hand-outs for carbon capture and storage raises a lot of questions. The scenarios… » read more

Hungarians and change

As I wrote in earlier articles, Hungarians are not very happy about the situation their country is in. The economy is declining, politicians are unable to change the tide and the people have little hope for improvement. All of that is leading toward`s today`s question: what changes does Hungary need? Original post by Bruno

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