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I think that this might be a first for the eurosphere… I know quite a lot of eurobloggers wish that there was more interraction between EU officials and policy bloggers. I am pleased to say that I have convinced just such a person to conduct guest interviews on each of our respective blogs. In the… » read more

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I have a confession to make. Over the past 18 months or so, I have attended a number of events in Brussels related to financial regulation. I even interviewed a number of the key players involved in influencing and writing the new sets of regulations. Broadly speaking, I understood almost none of what was said.… » read more

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“The political system has been made so incredibly complex that nobody can even have a grasp of what is going on. And it’s kept that way, because the more complex it gets, the more money it generates for the actors involved. Or wastes it – from a citizen’s point of view. In many ways, the… » read more

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Having spent the last few weeks in the UK, I have had the chance to see the media in full force. When it comes to the relationship between the UK and Europe, it is not a very pretty sight. News reports on television seem – to me at least – to be quite impartial. They… » read more

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Newspaper headlines in the UK press over the past few days have lambasted the latest round of bank stress tests. Why? The general sentiment seemed – at least to me – to be that the last tests were not suitably tough enough, and these won’t be either. Is that really the point of them? I… » read more

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The role that can be played by water in the generation of clean energy is not to be underestimated. Within that role, hydropower is vital. I spoke to Lauha Fried, a Policy Officer with the European Small Hydropower Association. Can hydropower play a significant role in preventing or slowing the pace of climate change by… » read more

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As my investigation of water related issues continues, I spoke to Satu Hassi, an MEP from Finland since 2004 and formerly Finland’s Environment Minister. It seems as though water has become a much more important policy area in EU affairs in recent years. Why do think this is, and what direction do you see it… » read more

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About two weeks ago, this blog received a comment from Hanna at the European Journalism Centre. Would I like to take part in the competition at Think About It 5? The theme this time is water. Well would I? I gave it some thought and decided to have a go. Yes I would like to… » read more

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The Great Saudi Oil Deception

Over the last couple of years we have all grown used to stories of financial problems caused by lies, secrecy and general deception. Just using words like Enron, Madoff and derivative ought to be enough to jog the fading memory. But it seems that the world has another such problem to contend with at some… » read more

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As mentioned in my previous post (The Innovation Union Will Require Public And Private Money), I had the role of Moderator this week at an event about Venture Capital held in Brussels by Eureka. The overall aim was to help bring together some members of the Eureka network, EU policy makers and some involved in… » read more

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Next week in Brussels the Eureka Network is holding an event related to Venture Capital in Europe. As such, I thought it might be interesting to abuse my position of Moderator of the event and ask some questions of key speakers about the role that VC can play in innovation policy in the EU. Therefore,… » read more

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Is Ed In Economic Dreamland?

The UK news was dominated a few days ago by New Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband and his first speech of 2011. It’s long, and I don’t propose to comment on it all, but I do propose to look at the element that was considered ‘newsworthy’. The full text of the speech is here. Taken from… » read more

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It was obvious, the Christmas break wasn’t really going to solve the fiscal problems faced by Portugal, Belgium and Spain. It was simply a short postponement to the ongoing calamity. A ceasefire if you will. But here we are, back again. Shots are being fired and the fiscal wheels are sure to fall off soon.… » read more

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ECB or EBC?

The Christmas period had a number of news reports – certainly in the UK press – about the current euro currency problems. There were two main topics that stood out. 1. Estonia joining the euro club. A couple of the stories I saw took that stance that ‘perhaps news of the problems hadn’t reached up… » read more

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These are fascinating times if you watch the goings-on on the internet. I believe that we are seeing the start of a war being waged over the freedom of the web. The benefits that have been brought to us as individuals, corporations, governments and – almost – everybody it seems, by an open internet, are… » read more

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Are Smart Grids Energy 2.0?

Yesterday, as a part of my day job, I interviewed Bob Gilligan here in Brussels. Mr Gilligan works in the United States for GE Energy and was in town to present a Keynote Speech about his particular area of expertise, Smart Grids. Whether we like it or not, these are the gadgets of the future… » read more

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The result was announced around an hour ago and the 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia. That is a BIG WIN for Europe!! We should celebrate!! Under the current climate, it seems inconceivable that any of Portugal, Spain or Belgium could have spent the money required to upgrade their infrastructure. How could they… » read more

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In this interview on Huffington Post, there seems to be real trouble ahead for the financial services sector. Wikileaks is set to release a huge amount of documents in 2011 about a large American bank. Reading between the lines, we can probably presume that he means an investment bank. Probably a global one. That narrows… » read more

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