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It’s a question set to cause bitter disputes at pub table quizzes, given the variety of plausible answers. EU Leaders have chosen Herman Van Rompuy as the first permanent president of the European Council. So will he be the boss in Brussels? Well, the new foreign affairs position – handed to the UK’s Catherine Ashton… » read more

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The temporary ‘crisis committee’ should take on innovation policy Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s new committee on ‘financial, economic and social crisis’ met for the first time, pledging to examine how Europe got into this mess and how we might get out of it. All the talk was of reflecting on past mistakes and… » read more

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EU member states are undermining Europe’s power by pursuing their own interests – and China sees it this way too I broke a story today on the EU’s last-minute decision to scrap plans for an SME Centre in Beijing. The office would have helped European firms to do business in China. The reasons for the… » read more

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EU compares well with US rivals but the real competition is rising in the East It’s ‘Greening Business Week‘ here at EurActiv HQ where we’re turing the spotlight on the new green economy. There’ll be a new story every day this week, but today’s feature is worthy of comment. Ask an EU official whether Europe… » read more

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The end of historians?

The dawn of the information age will make historians obsolete I was chatting to a journalist from the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) while attending the EU Health Prize for Journalists this week and learned of an ambitious plan to digitise original Finnish TV shows dating back as far as the 1950s. Imagine the treasure trove… » read more

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A new phenomenon is sweeping the Internet like a virus – they call it Spamiflu Tamiflu has now overtaken Viagra as the drug most frequently advertised in spam emails. Regulators fear criminals are cashing in on public anxiety over swine flu, with fake medicines and unproven ‘cures’ being sold online. Products claiming to contain Tamiflu… » read more

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Lawmakers will soon have so many issues to consider that they will be unable to function A new report by a panel of innovation experts offers a useful insight into the thinking that will shape next year’s European Innovation Act. It covers financing, collaboration and it attempts to broaden the definition of innovation. It is… » read more

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Lisbon: The Live Blog

Welcome to the Blogactiv Lisbon Referendum Live Blog. If you’re following live, just refresh your browser to read the latest news… 18.30: Well, that’s that. If you didn’t follow the excitement this afternoon, the final result was 67.1% ‘Yes’. Follow all the fallout throughout the week on EurActiv. All eyes now turn to Prague…over to… » read more

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Patent reform shelved pending European Cout of Justice decision European member states have found a new excuse for their failure to agree on the community patent system which all are agreed is essential to the much-vaunted “knowledge economy”: the positive move to introduce a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) requires the opinion of the European… » read more

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