On August 3, 2015, The European Institute held a breakfast discussion on the European Union’s Digital Single Market Strategy with Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications & Information Policy; Andrea Glorioso, Counselor for the Digital Agenda & ICT at the Delegation of the European Union; and Marie Royce, Vice President Public Affairs at Alcatel-Lucent. Thorough conversations with stakeholders are underway on the 16 initiatives of the strategy, which places digital technologies at the forefront of the EU's push for sustainable and competitive economic growth. While the panelists lauded the strategy overall, differing approaches on a range of issues such as spectrum management, copyright reforms, intermediary liability and data localization were discussed. Dr. Michael Nelson, Public Policy at CloudFlare moderated the discussion.
UPDATE on Migrant Crisis-- September 15, 2015
Unanimous agreement among EU interior ministers proved elusive at the September 14 meeting to discuss a plan to relocate 120,000 refugees more evenly among member states. Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia declined to give their blessing to the EU Commission’s September 9 proposal, much to the chagrin of Austria and Germany into whose territory thousands of refugees stream each day. While the proposal can be adopted by a qualified majority vote in Council, given the gravity of the refugee crisis, unanimous backing is being sought, although the United Kingdom is exercising its opt-out. Ministers will reconvene on October 8 to try to narrow their differences and, if they fail, EU heads of state and government will attempt to do so at the October 15-16 European Council. Ministers did, however, formally adopt a proposal, first tabled by the Commission in May, to relocate 40,000 refugees who arrived in Greece and Italy.
On the ground the crisis, meanwhile, continues abated. Hungary has further tightened its border with Serbia, the current favored point of entry into the EU for many refugees, leaving thousands stranded at the border. Even Germany, which has welcomed migrants, temporarily reinstituted border controls at its border with Austria to manage the flood of would-be new arrivals. The influx is causing major disruptions to rail routes connecting Austria, Denmark, Germany and Hungary as authorities struggle to cope. And on September 15, 24 people drowned and 249 were rescued when a boat of migrants attempting to reach Greece from Turkey sank.
British diplomats and politicians have always been admired for their ability to cultivate ambiguity. It is a French politician, François Mitterrand, a master in the field in his own right, who used to say, “Getting out of ambiguity is always at your own expense.” Ambiguity had afforded the United Kingdom the possibility to secure a comfortable position, half inside the EU by obtaining numerous exceptions to regular European rules and policies, and getting access to the European Market without paying the full price for it.Read more...
A new hero has been added to the Pantheon of spies on Russia who detested the Soviet system and volunteered to serve the United States. Adolf (nickname Adik) Tolkachev was a Russian scientist whose wife’s father and mother were “eradicated” by Stalin in the 1937 purges. His burning anger against the Soviet system simmered for years until, influenced by the bravery of H-bomb inventor Alexander Sakharov and novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn speaking out against the abuses of Soviet life, he sought revenge by “walking in” to work for the CIA Moscow Station.Read more...
Viewed by America’s allies in Europe and Asia, the opening round of discussion of international security threats among 2016 presidential wannabes must rank somewhere between unserious and scary. One would hardly know, listening to the candidates’ major pronouncements, that the next president will face stern challenges from most points of the compass, just as Barack Obama does.Read more...
Forging an EU Digital Single Market: Difficulties and opportunities, by Miriam Sapiro, Sept.22, in Brookings “Up Front”—A trenchant look at the implementation challenges and opportunities of the EU’s Digital Single Markeet strategy announced last spring designed to rationalize the digital silos within the 28 nation EU. Sapiro served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2009 to 2014 and is currently non-resident Senior Fellow. Recommended by European Affairs.
"Russia--A Different Kind of Threat" by Eugene Rumer examines Russia as a superpower in decline, and how the challenge it poses to the United States is very different from that posed by the Soviet Union.
"EU-US Relations in a Changing World," a speech given in London by His Excellency David O’Sullivan, the European Union's Ambassador to the United States, as a part of Trinity College Dublin's Henry Grattan Lecture series.
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