Posts in "Analysis" Category

Brexit or not, Britain must stay in the EU’s security team

Parliament’s historic vote on Tuesday against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans now leaves a huge question mark over how – or even if – Britain will leave the EU. But whatever happens, we have to prepare for it. This challenge puts a special responsibility on those of us in European defence sector: we risk seeing Britain split from its European allies in NATO, and a weakening of our combined defences. We have to do whatever we can to prevent Brexit from tearing us apart and leaving us vulnerable to the threats of the modern world.

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The 2019 European elections: Trouble ahead

We say it every time voters go to the polls, but this year’s European elections really will be different. By the time Europeans cast their ballots in May, it will cap a five-year period like no other in the six-decade history of the European project, and we can expect this disruption to be reflected in the next European Parliament. Exactly how much is a tough call. But it will be defined by the battle between the pro-EU mainstream and Eurosceptic populists.

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The EU can play a big role in boosting European AI

Artificial intelligence has been confined to the lab for so long that it is hard sometimes to recognise that it is now an actual technology that we use without thinking. From route finding apps to online translations to the algorithms that detect skin cancers by looking at images, AI is all around. And it could now take off in a big way: a recent report from Kantar Media on the 2019 outlook for media claims that AI will finally bridge the return-on-investment divide. Forecasts like these demonstrate the transformational power of AI for professions as varied as tax law, medical research, art and engineering.

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Should the Spitzenkandidat system survive next year’s elections?

After five of the most tumultuous years in the history of the European Union, in which the bloc struggled to hold itself together, a new crop of leaders is set to take office next year. Many hopefuls have already stepped forward for the most high-profile EU post, of European Commission president, and the main political groups vying in next May’s European Parliament elections have already chosen their candidates, or ‘Spitzenkandidat’.

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How the POPs recast became a political battleground

The European Union has set strict rules on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) since 2004, and this year’s recast of its POPs Regulation was expected to be a low-profile, technical update to a relatively unknown piece of legislation. Instead, the recast led to a divergence of opinions among experts and stakeholders on environmental questions like the balance between waste and chemicals policy, the future of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and the role of impact assessments and Better Regulation.

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Why EU needs a patchwork for defence rather than a grand scheme

The European Union has been through some rough times over the past few years, from terrorism to recession and from a migration crisis to Brexit. All these testing moments should have taught us some lessons.

One of them is this: the EU’s credibility is now linked to its ability to keep people safe.

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Plans on Horizon herald a new dawn for Europe’s research

The Apollo lunar programme was one of the greatest research projects the world has ever seen: a gargantuan project led by the United States government to design and build a rocket to land men on the Moon. Europe has never had anything like this, but with the new Horizon research programme, it is at least heading in the right direction.

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Why the change in Spain and Italy will unsettle the EU

It was a coincidence that both Spain and Italy agreed new leaders within hours of each other on June 1. The new Prime Ministers were sworn in on the back of very different crises. In Italy, it came almost three months after elections that produced shock victories for the extremist populist parties. In Spain it came quickly after the Socialist Party opposition successfully tapped outrage over a Supreme Court ruling that convicted former members of the governing People Party. But the consequences of both could lead to the same result: instability across the European Union, in particular in the Eurozone.

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