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This was first published as part of Growth and jobs: reshaping the EU’s ‘Lisbon Strategy’ by EurActiv.com on Tuesday 23rd June. Besides the economic recession, EU officials have already identified a number of underlying challenges and opportunities that will shape the future Lisbon Agenda after 2010: Globalisation: The rapid emergence of new economic powers implies a… » read more

The economies of Central and South America offer huge opportunities for European business. But Carlo Secchi doubts whether the EU is doing enough to develop its relationship with the region SPRING 2008 By 2050 Brazil and Mexico will be among the world’s six leading economies. Does the European Union care? Perhaps, but almost certainly not… » read more

The EU system shoots itself in the foot when it levels trade defence measures against low-cost competitors, warns Henrik Isakson of the Swedish National Board of Trade. SPRING 2008 The bottom line is that the EU really should not, under the guise of countering unfair trade, restrict competitors from exploiting natural comparative advantages just because… » read more

Social Europe can deal with the challenges posed by globalisation according to a new report written for a European Commission conference on 16 April. But the report fails to mention most of the social impacts of climate change, the looming energy crunch (including high energy and food prices and their social consequences) or growing water… » read more

It helps to understand the differences in European values and attitudes by thinking in geographical terms, what I call the ‘Macro-Divides’. There are at least three: the Island-Continent Divide, the East-West Divide and, for want of a better description, the ‘South-North Incline’. The Island-Continent Divide is the most obvious, especially on the British/Irish side! There… » read more

It helps to understand the differences in European values and attitudes by thinking in geographical terms, what I call the ‘Macro-Divides’. There are at least three: the Island-Continent Divide, the East-West Divide and, for want of a better description, the ‘South-North Incline’. The Island-Continent Divide is the most obvious, especially on the British/Irish side! There… » read more

While many Eurocrats and consumer goods marketers would like to believe that the Single Market is indeed single, the reality on the ground looks very different. Going from north to south in Western Europe we pass from one consumer zone to another. In beds, it’s from singles to doubles. In cooking, it’s from butter/margarine to… » read more

The EU is determined to ensure that globalisation is a source of opportunity rather than a threat, a declaration to be signed at the end of the week by heads of state and government states. Read the document here (500 kB pdf): eu-declaration-on-globalisation.pdf The two-page document explaining what the Lisbon Reform Treaty – and at… » read more

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