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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

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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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