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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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SolarPower Europe last week presented a letter calling for an end to anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made solar panels and cells to the European Commission (EC). The letter, signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organisations, stated that the EU solar panel industry derives no advantage from the trade measures, noting that they have contributed… » read more

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Switzerland has always been a little aloof from its neighbours. It never joined the EU for example. However, it seems to benefit from its multiple, bilateral EU agreements whilst not suffering from the costs and potential downfalls of EU membership. Whilst it’s near neighbours France and Italy are battling recessionary and high unemployment problems and… » read more

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Anti-austerity protests (c) cosmo_71 via Flickr As the second round of EU-Ecuador trade negotiations wrapped up on a positive note in March, Ecuador expects to have the bilateral trade agreement finally signed by mid-2014. But can the EU take more from Ecuador than just bananas and shrimp? Witnessing the damaging effects of European austerity on… » read more

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Ecuador: Bananas over trade

International trade talks are usually so jargon-filled that it can make your head spin and very few can actually make sense over what this gobbledygook entails for a country’s economy. It’s therefore easy to get lost in translation when you read about TRIPs and TRIMs during TPP and TTIP negotiations. And when ordinary people don’t… » read more

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The Nations In Between

Ex-USSR states are still getting caught between Brussels and the Kremlin. Twenty years on from the breaking up of the Soviet Union, political and economic pressures are forcing ex-bloc members to decide: return to their old superpower master Russia, or turn to the west and democratise for a future in the EU. It’s a process… » read more

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Conservative politicians are bringing the UK into disrepute with an attitude towards the EU’s human rights law which could spell a “political disaster.” This was the opinion expressed by the EU’s most senior judge, Dean Spielmann, who has spoken out against Tory threats to leave the European convention. Certain senior Conservative MPs, including home secretary… » read more

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Britain is greedy for some industry, while Germany is afraid of losing its competitive advantage; Europe is on the verge of plunging blindly into hydraulic fracturing, the shining solution which could let us down completely. European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, has recently told German press that the EU energy department will be looking into shale… » read more

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Business Secretary Vince Cable is right to keep Osborne in check on the sale of bailed-out RBS. Osborne’s apparent desire to sell off the company quickly is rash; the nation will benefit from our politicians employing more wisdom than that. Reports that Osborne was hoping to quickly sell off RBS fully warranted the reaction from… » read more

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