The price of Energy Union


From this summer, Europeans will be able to use their cellphones outside their home member state without fear of racking up huge bills: it is the fruit of a campaign to slash roaming fees that is one of the European Union’s most vaunted success stories of recent years. EU energy ministers would love to present a similar triumph in energy, by cutting consumer bills which remain high. But decades after the first efforts to create a true single energy market, can the EU really bring us cheaper energy?

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Rejection of Swiss Corporate Tax Reform III by voters


The Swiss proposal for a third Corporate Tax Reform (CTR III) was rejected by a popular vote on Sunday, Feb 12th 2017. However, this is not the end of the political discussion or process. Switzerland has promised to show its commitment to the OECD, and to be compliant with international tax regulations by 2019.

The CTR III was rejected by 59.1% of the Swiss voters. Only three cantons and one half-canton (respectively VD, ZG, TI and NW) were in favour of the text – with a voting ratio of 60-40%. The proposal was a complete failure.

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EU scheme to kill cookie consent still has doubters


The cookie pop-ups that relentlessly pester us for our consent are maddening interruptions that sour our online experience. But these wearisome warnings over tracking activity might finally be consigned to the trash can of browsing history after the European Commission announced its shake-up of personal data rules. At least if EU decision makers and tech industry groups can sort out their differences over the new proposals.

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Is the EU doing enough for sustainable development?


In 2000, the United Nations agreed what would be one of its greatest successes: eight goals to help the world’s poorest people. The Millennium Development Goals addressed the most basic requirements of human life, like reducing child mortality, reversing the AIDS epidemic, and ensuring access to safe drinking water. They were arguably the largest collective promises world governments ever made to their citizens.

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(No) New Government in Italy


A week after Matteo Renzi resigned as Prime Minister following his defeat over the constitutional referendum, the former Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was asked by the President of the Republic to form a new government that will guide Italy into the next elections in February 2018.

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Writing off written declarations


Thanks to the European Parliament, March 24 is a date celebrated by Europeans with as much veneration and delight as July 14, November 9 or December 25. For March 24 is, of course, the European Day of Artisanal Gelato.

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Is Europe ready for clean energy?


Clean energy should be an easy sell. It is not just about phasing out dirty and impactful fuels, while meeting climate change goals. It is also about being smarter with energy, so the electricity we use is efficiently resourced and distributed. Clean energy technology has an obvious economic appeal, with countries increasingly recognising that it will help spur job creation and growth for years to come. And it is well-suited for common European action, with costs of renewables softened if they are shared widely and connected across the continent.

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