Finnegan's Take

The Bilderberg Group is firmly locked into a 20th Century mindset – one that ignores China and a changing world Stephen Gardner has an interesting post on his EU Observer blog about the Bilderberg Group – the shady Masters of the Universe which apparently run the world for their own amusement. The group includes politicians… » read more

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Some businesspeople want government to leave them alone; others want a bailout and shelter from the storm. They can’t have both. It’s (still) SME Week and I’ve met a lot of entrepreneurs in the last couple of days. They are interesting people: dreamers, risk-takers and chancers in varying measure. But I note a philosophical divide… » read more

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Some entrepreneurs say their drive comes from within while others point to role models who helped them think for themselves I’m just back from a round-table discussion on whether you can teach entrepreneurship. The room was packed with people who have started their own businesses but there was no real consensus on how to help… » read more

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Welcome to the EurActiv/Blogactiv UK Election Live Blog. We’ll be keeping you up to date with major news, results and reaction as voters choose a new parliament. Refresh the page to view the latest version 16.00 As things stand, the ball is in Nick Clegg’s court. He is, despite not performing as he had hoped,… » read more

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EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has promised to relinquish her Irish government pensions worth around €108,000 while she serves in her €243,000 a year Brussels post. MGQ has been at the centre of a blistering public debate in Ireland where she has served in several ministerial positions over whether she should be drawing a state pension… » read more

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MGQ’s influence within the Commission is growing EU Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is expanding her influence in the College of Commissioners by convening two subgroups: on innovation and research. She will chair both, elevating herself to something of a senior commissioner. The innovation subgroup is an official effort by Barroso to pull together various strands… » read more

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The economic crisis is having a profound impact on labour markets, exposing a huge gulf in the pay and conditions on offer in the public and private sectors. UEAPME, a European lobby group representing small firms, summed it up neatly today when they warned that the workforce will soon be made up of insiders who… » read more

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MGQ ♥ Tajani 4EVA

The Commissioners for Innovation and Industry have been saying the kindest of things about one another (through gritted teeth) Was it just me or were Commissioner Maire Geogeghan-Quinn and Antonio Tajani overdoing the mutual appreciation at their joint press conference on Wednesday? They each seemed at great pains to say how well they get on… » read more

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare EU officials are toying with the idea of renaming Europe’s Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. At present, the seventh framework programme (FP7) is under review and governments are already jockeying for position… » read more

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A troubling thought: are the pro-innovation policy wonks talking to the cost-containment pencil pushers? Doing the rounds of innovation conferences in Brussels, it’s clear that a huge section of the EU’s political and industry machinery is convinced we need to be more innovative. The logic will be familiar to most: we can’t compete with Asia’s… » read more

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