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Ambitions and choices

Manchester, UK (View on map) Seeing book shelves full of Self Help books could easily make visitors think that British people don`t know how to make something out of their lives. Gossip magazines are not much of a good a good example either: they show that even people considered role models hardly have a clue.… » read more

This European Business summit (EBS 2008) workshop will discuss Europe’s educational shortcomings and the links to innovation. This post sets out the scope of the EBS 2008 workshop on “Education: managing Europe’s talent pipeline to drive innovation” (see EBS ‘08 programme). Everyone interested in the topic, whether they’re coming to EBS 2008 or not, is… » read more

One of the nice traditions of the Joint Technology Center of the European Commission is that they maintain “semesters” according to the schedule of the European Council presidencies. So the Slovenian semester started a few days ago. I was asked to take part at the kick-off of the Slovenian semester at Ispra, Italy and gladly… » read more

This is the title of the first COMMUNIA Workshop that will take place on Friday 18 January 2008. Admission is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Official info : Organized by and held at Politecnico di Torino this event takes aim at the international debate about the “digital commons” and […]… » read more

Cardiff, UK (View on map) Day 166 and still going strong? I arrived in Cardiff earlier today, the capital of Wales. I will not have much time to discover the entire region, so bluntly stepped up to people today with the following question: What makes Wales different from England? The easiest starting point to describe… » read more

While many Eurocrats and consumer goods marketers would like to believe that the Single Market is indeed single, the reality on the ground looks very different. Going from north to south in Western Europe we pass from one consumer zone to another. In beds, it’s from singles to doubles. In cooking, it’s from butter/margarine to… » read more

How should the 20 per cent renewables target be divided among the member states? The EU has set two remarkable targets to be reached by 2020: 20 per cent energy saving and 20 per cent renewables in the energy mix. Those targets are remarkable because they were set without specifying in detail what the numbers… » read more

Internet replaces TV

Southampton, UK (View on map) Big Brother, imported from The Netherlands in 2000, grew out to be a big hit during the first two editions on British television. Clones and spin-offs like Teen Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother saw the daylight shortly after, just like many other reality-based programs. After huge initial successes, the… » read more

Childhood memories

Southampton, UK (View on map) Culture and traditions are handed over from generation to generation and the transmission usually starts at very young age. Childhood memories are therefore likely to be very culture-specific ? a good reason to harass some people with the following question: which is your first and/or best childhood memory? Sarah (23)… » read more

As one of the world’s biggest economic sectors, banks should play a leading role in the mitigation and adaptation actions needed to stop global warming. But a new report presented on 9 January by CERES, a US-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, shows that the banking sector’s climate actions to date are only “the… » read more

A system-wide financial crisis, food insecurity, supply chain disruptions and climate and energy chaos are the four major global risks for the coming year according to a report released on 9 January by the World Economic Forum. The report “Global Risks 2008” comes two weeks before the yearly WEF meeting in Davos and highlights most… » read more

Besides the appointment of ‘the High Representative’ the Lisbon Treaty provides for the creation of an External Action Service. To work in cooperation with the diplomatic service of Member States it would be comprised of: staff from General Secretariat of the European Council and Commission; and, staff seconded from Member State diplomatic services. Article 13a… » read more

Besides the appointment of ‘the High Representative’ the Lisbon Treaty provides for the creation of an External Action Service. To work in cooperation with the diplomatic service of Member States it would be comprised of: staff from General Secretariat of the European Council and Commission; and, staff seconded from Member State diplomatic services. Article 13a… » read more

The past six weeks have seen comments/visits by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to the following: Armenia – Upcoming visit in February 2008/implementation of Action Plan/Inclusion in Baku-Tbilisi-Kar railway Georgia – Upcoming visit planned early February 2008/Free Trade Agreement negotiations (expected completion 2009) Tajikistan/Afghanistan – Stronger border controls Pakistan – +61 person observer mission for February 17th,… » read more

The past six weeks have seen comments/visits by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to the following: Armenia – Upcoming visit in February 2008/implementation of Action Plan/Inclusion in Baku-Tbilisi-Kar railway Georgia – Upcoming visit planned early February 2008/Free Trade Agreement negotiations (expected completion 2009) Tajikistan/Afghanistan – Stronger border controls Pakistan – +61 person observer mission for February 17th,… » read more

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