The Euro Economy

If the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal has hammered home one thing, it is that data is the fuel keeping our increasingly digitized economies running. Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who testified last Tuesday to the House of Commons’ select committee on the matter, said as much when he compared data to electricity in our modern societies.… » read more

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French politicians and farmers are not happy about the EU’s plans to revamp the flagship, €58 billion-per-year Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by putting member states and regions in charge of allocating aid disbursements. Currently, France is the largest recipient of CAP payments, receiving 17% of all expenditures, and campaigners have claimed that a reduction in… » read more

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There’s a dark side to otherwise welcome news that growth in central and Eastern Europe picked up significantly in the third quarter, helping to drive robust growth of 2.5% year-on-year in the EU’s economy. As growing wages and lower taxes spurred consumer spending, third-quarter expansion in the EU’s eastern member states beat both EU averages… » read more

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Days after the UK wrapped up the “Stoptober” campaign to end tobacco consumption, France – still known in some quarters as “Europe’s chimney” – launched Mois Sans Tabac to encourage citizens to quit smoking and bring down national smoking rates from current levels. Tobacco use in the country is still unacceptably high, hovering around 30%… » read more

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The US might be a world leader in innovation, but its regulators have been slow to adapt to rapid changes in the digital economy – leaving the EU to draft effective privacy rules in their stead. The Equifax data breach is only the most recent example of why American authorities need to catch up, and… » read more

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The regulatory net cast by the EU to protect consumers against harmful products was found to have an egg-shaped hole in it last month as the fipronil scandal broke and spread continent-wide. In the process it has raised some difficult questions about the bloc’s regulatory regime: specifically, the contrast between the leisurely response of the… » read more

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  Even in the span of his 10-day stint as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci managed to raise eyebrows not only in Washington but in London and Brussels, too. During the visit of Britain’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to the US capital in late July, Scaramucci said he was “100% certain” there would… » read more

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One thing looks certain: 2017 will be an unpredictable year for farmers across Europe. This will come as yet another blow to farmers who have already faced a raft of crises over the past few years. In 2014, Russia’s food-import ban slashed access to an important export market for numerous European producers. Dairy farmers have… » read more

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With the go-ahead from the House of Commons and Article 50 invocation in sight, Theresa May is in full Brexit-hawking mode. In her second major trip abroad to advertise the post-EU UK, Britain’s Prime Minister embarked on a high-profile visit to Bahrain this week to address Gulf leaders and discuss security cooperation but also, critically,… » read more

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