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Europeans ♥ EU2020

Great news: European citizens think the Europe 2020 strategy is brilliant. Only joking. But sitting in the Commission press room yesterday it seemed there was no end to the good news. Europeans are enthusiastic about economic governance and give the thumbs up to the priorities set out in the 2020 strategy. Or so said the… » read more

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Wanted: EU chief scientist

It’s almost a year since Barroso told the European Parliament he would appoint an EU Chief Scientific Advisor but, so far, the €200,000 a year post has not even been advertised. It now seems certain that the chief scientist role will be a little less exciting than might have been hoped. Some had notions of… » read more

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Patent disaster

I despair. After decades of promising to fix Europe’s broken patent system, it seemed like a breakthrough was on the horizon. Political momentum was gathering. The Belgian Presidency, experienced in navigating legal and linguistic problems, promised to make it a priority. The European Commission says an affordable, streamlined patent regime is fundamental to long-term prosperity.… » read more

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It was inevitable: China has finally leapfrogged Japan to become the world’s 2nd largest economy. In Europe, we’re excited and relieved to see Germany (who else?) turning in 2.2% growth in Q2. In China, 10% annual growth rates are forecast, meaning the world’s largest economy – the US – must be looking over its shoulder… » read more

Posted by Gary Finnegan