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Greedy governments stifle innovation by reserving all the intellectual property of publicly funded research for their own use. The problem is that governments are not very good at knowing what to do next, and invariably tie up valuable innovation in bureaucratic process, without adding any social value at all. The Eurocrats like US comparisons, so… » read more

Brussels, BE (View on map) Today is just another ordinary day for most Belgians. They may be looking forward to Christmas, but they have nothing to celebrate on this 19th of December. For the Muslim community in Belgium and across the world, today is `Eid al-Adha`: Sacrifice Day. When the day starts, I notice an… » read more

The Innovative Medicines Initiative seeks to put right the chaotic treatment of pharmaceutical innovation by EU member states, and will likely fail. The goose that lays golden eggs of medical innovation is cooked to death by member state medicines policies. Increasing the speed of product development will come to a grinding halt as member states… » read more

The link below provides a web based database of EU member state missions in Asia. The goal being to understand where EU member states have embassies or consulates within Asia.[…] Original post by mlpoltic

The link below provides a web based database of EU member state missions in Asia. The goal being to understand where EU member states have embassies or consulates within Asia. EU Member state embassies and consulates in Asia. At this stage we have simply compiled the data and written the code to make the program… » read more

Most Germans say they aren’t benefiting from the country’s economic expansion, a poll conducted by market researcher Forsa showed in December 2007.Eighty-three percent of Germans said economic growth is neither to their personal advantage nor do their friends and relatives profit from it, the poll for stern magazine and RTL television found. Seventeen percent said… » read more

Hello ! This is a blog about European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI) activities and some important articles from the EDRi-gram. The blog is launched by the EDRi-gram editor – Bogdan Manolea and other EDRi members are welcome to participate in contributing to it. Original post by Bogdan

The good news appears to be some progress in raising the possibility of a European health system, the bad news is that apparently it is going to take a lot longer than patients in particular would like. Which brings us to the ugly truth that many member states are fiercely resisting progress on this […]… » read more

HealthBlog will address issues to do with health and that can include: medicines, medical devices, community care, hospitals, cross-border healthcare, the politics of health, all at a European level. Perhaps in time some themes will emerge and take on a life of their own and need to migrate somewhere else. Some areas and questions to… » read more

If there is one thing clear after the tumultuous Bali summit, it is that the world is putting big hopes in a regime change in the United States. Without leadership of the US on the climate front, the emerging economies will not jump onboard and therefore the American Presidential elections of next year might become… » read more

Brussels, BE An international environment, with many young people around and plenty of career opportunities ? Brussels sounds like a perfect place for graduates who want to work for anything that`s got to do with Europe. The weather and the dog crap in the street seem to be the only disadvantages […] Original post by… » read more

I am absolutely not impressed by the CO2 policy for cars proposal presented by the European Commission and I do not think it shows European climate change leadership at all. First, for all the heavy lobbying and media attention surrounding this issue, today’s Commission proposal to oblige car manufacturers to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions… » read more

Few of the really big purported cases of cultural incompatibility have much to do with race or language. The real catalyst, as in the current crisis in Belgium, is something else. In the case of Bosnia-Herzogovina, it was not just a matter of different languages and religions. The indifference that soured into violence had more… » read more

Last week when I was talking to Belgian academic students about the EU’s sustainable development strategy (SDS), I got serious flack from a DG environment official when I stated that the EU does not have a real policy on sustainable development. What the EU has, is the business-as-usual economic growth strategy with a bit of… » read more

The steel issue should not be used as a warning signal to China – European engineering is not specifically reliant on Chinese steel, however, if European steel production capacities are insufficient in the EU, our companies need to be able to source raw materials from elsewhere. If the investigation turns out to be successful in… » read more

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