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Several of my recent posts have related to the “skills mismatch” in Europe. In these times of high unemployment it seems right to do so and I clearly recall the emphasis placed on education during the eSkills launch a few weeks ago (I wrote about it here). There are, however, two sides to every story.… » read more

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The Cream Of The Crop

At last week’s e-Skills launch in Brussels (I wrote about it here) I was witness to a wonderful example of the will to win. Attending as a delegate was a girl of 24. She was very pleasant and interesting to talk to. I was first introduced to her by another delegate, “She has an amazing… » read more

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Your author was in Brussels on Monday for the launch of the 2012 e-Skills week by the European Commission. The event was split into three sessions and for me, session number three lit up the day. This is possibly problematic since the session only had one genuine policy person in it, the rest were people… » read more

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What Does Europe Mean To You?

Over at the Economic and Social Committee they have been running a video contest. The closing date was last week, but now the public voting has opened. If you are a facebook user, then you can vote! If you vote, you might win an iPad! For what its worth, these are my favourites: Zinnekes Prague… » read more

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Since my last post a few days ago (The Digital Policy Landscape Seems To Be Moving) the European Council has convened and pushed European digital policy even further forwards. With the hoo-ha going on in advance about whether Greece should have some form of European fiscal Tzar overseeing their spending habits, your author was not… » read more

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Who Voted You In?

Readers that are unfamiliar with the soap opera that is politics in Malta, may be unaware that there is something of a political crisis underway. I shall refrain from boring you with the details, but let’s just say that it is less of a storm in a teacup and more of a squall on a… » read more

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. While European finances and economies crumble, the battle rages on between Europe and nation states. Witness this week’s Merkozy agreement (for what it is worth, I love that name!). One of the features of their pact is that there will be no eurobonds. This has… » read more

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A story on the BBC website caught my eye this morning. It seems to suggest that the prospect of a German debt devaluation is appealing to some in the German government. Close followers of the eurozone debt debacle will remember the ‘leak’ from the German team negotiating with Greece some months ago that Greece might… » read more

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Your author attended a policy event in the European Parliament this week. This one stood out for me for some of the wrong reasons. Firstly, I understand that many events of this nature need a sponsor and that said sponsor is hoping to have their policy issue debated and get their point across. Roger that.… » read more

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This week saw FinancialGuy fly in to Brussels to attend the 2011 TEDxBrussels event, held in Bozar. Honestly, the event was excellent and well worth the effort and costs of travel. I can’t lie, there were a number of speakers that seemed desparate to discuss the exact same topic, “singularity”. Most of the attendees I… » read more

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European Voice has recently produced a briefing document about Europe’s innovation policy. Titled “Innovation in Europe“, it really is an excellent beginners guide to what this oh-so-important policy area is all about. (It was actually released in print several weeks ago, but I have been waiting for it to land on their website before I… » read more

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Those that know me personally will likely have heard me say that economically the euro is a bad idea and everything will go wrong eventually. I have been saying it for years. Luckily for me, I have never been pressed with a question such as, “How will it go wrong?”. Something tells me that, “A… » read more

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After all that, €1 trillion euros buys a Greek referendum? Is that really the breathing space the world was hoping for? It seems difficult to describe this as anything less than a calamity for the EU, the Euro and especially for Greece. What sort of question should be put to the Greek voters? Do you… » read more

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