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  • Transatlantic Perspectives on the European Union's Digital Single Market Strategy

    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.

European Affairs

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Refugee Crisis Creating Rifts in EU, But Also Impetus for Common Policy

- By Brian Beary, European Affairs Contributing Editor


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.


The British Referendum on the EU: Brexit Fiction or Reality?

- By Jacqueline Grapin, Founder of The European Institute

jacquelinegrapin2015cBritish 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.


The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman, New York Doubleday, 2015, 312pp.

- Reviewed By Jerrold L. Schecter, former Time Magazine Diplomatic Editor and Moscow Bureau Chief

JerroldSchecterA 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.


Ireland Moves Ahead on Marriage Equality

- By Sarah Geraghty, Columnist for The Irish Times
sarah geraghty1Since I began to write the wedding column in The Irish Times last February, three of the 70 couples featured were gay.
All were Irish people living abroad who didn’t have the right to marry the ones they loved in their native country.

Perspectives: Presidential Candidates Follow Polls and Ignore Important Foreign Policy Issues

- By Laurence I. Barrett, Former Senior Editor, Time Magazine

BarrettViewed 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.



- Owen Phelps

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.

- Erin Kelly

"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.

- Natalie Fahey

"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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"EU Energy Policy - Challenges & Solutions" with Lithuanian Energy Minister Jaroslav Neverovic in The Lithuanian Tribune: "Energy Minister Neverovic discussed EU Energy Policy in Washington DC" by Virginijus Sinkevicius

The European Institute's event with Julie Brill & Jan Philipp Albrecht on "Data Protection, Privacy & Security" in The Hill: "Overnight Tech: Showdown on Spying" by Kate Tummarello & Brendan Sasso

The European Institute's event on "Data Protection, Privacy & Security: Re-Establishing Trust between Europe & the United States" in POLITICO: "EU to D.C.: Friends 'do not spy on each other'" by Tony Romm & Erin Mershon

The European Institute's event with Natalia Gherman, Foreign Minister of Moldova in Radio Free Europe: "Moldova's Foreign Minister Seeks U.S. Political, Economic Support"   

The Honorable Richard Bruton T.D., Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at The European Institute in The Irish Times: "Multinationals to advise on tax scheme" by Simon Carswell


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