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  • A Letter from Brussels

    thomasklau2016By Thomas Klau

    A day before the Brussels attacks, I was in Paris to participate in a talk show about the aftermath of the November 13 massacre in the French capital. The TV discussion had been long planned. We spoke about the likelihood of further acts of terror. Of course all of us in Brussels knew it was coming, some day, somehow, just as all of us in Europe know that in the years ahead, there will be more explosions of murderous hatred in those wonderful cities that define who we are. We did not know on Monday, that for Brussels, that day would be tomorrow.

    When Twitter started spreading the news of the attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday morning, there was shock, anger, sadness, resignation and resolve not to let the carnage get to one. Later came the almost selfish relief to hear of loved ones safe; then the new and sweet ritual, now part of our internet civilization, of over a hundred friends and acquaintances almost instantly getting in touch.

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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, by Parag Khanna. Random House. 466 pages.

- Reviewed by Michael D. Mosettig, former Foreign Editor PBS News Hour

Minds, great or small, can often operate in the same direction. The other day, my eyes were on a passage in a major new book on future global connections that cited Berlin as Europe's most future-ready city. At the same time, my ears had tuned into an NPR report on the 10,000 British living in Berlin, worrying about the personal and political consequences of a British departure from the European Union.

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A Defense of Mario Draghi’s ECB

- By Alexander Privitera, Executive Director of The European Institute

alexanderpriviteraA visibly irritated Mario Draghi has politely, but resolutely rebuffed German critics of the European Central Bank’s ultra-loose monetary policies. The president of the ECB used the press conference following this month’s meeting of the central bank’s governing council to launch a broad defense of the central bank’s independence and the appropriateness of its policies. Among other things Draghi said that he doesn’t take orders from politicians but is only bound by the law and the ECB’s mandate of achieving and maintaining price stability, defined as a rate of inflation below but close to two percent.

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Public Disclosure Regime Latest EU Effort to Crackdown on Corporate Tax Avoidance

- By James D. Spellman, Strategic Communications LLC

Transparency proposal would shame tax-dodging multinationals

spellmanRigorous disclosure requirements are the latest in the European Union’s accelerating efforts to tax revenue that may be escaping levies through multinationals’ maneuvers, which range from offshore vehicles to company-specific deals with host countries in Europe and elsewhere. EU officials announced the effort (April 12) against a backdrop of outrage worldwide after a Panamanian firm’s 11.5-million papers were leaked, revealing how lawyers helped heads of state and wealthy individuals escape tax liabilities.

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Letter from London: Battle of “Brexit” Heats Up--An Insider View on the June 23 Referendum on EU Membership

- By Michael White, writer for The Guardian

MichaelWhite2016Champions of American exceptionalism, those who still believe their country’s historic circumstances are unique, face another disappointment in the summer ahead. The 2016 fight for the White House is not the only important battle for votes which has sunk to demeaning levels of superficiality and abuse. Britain’s June 23 referendum debate over its 43-year membership of the European Union (EU) is not doing well either.

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Letter from Berlin: The Challenges of Successful Refugee Integration

- By Markus Ziener, Professor of Journalism in Berlin

markusziener2015Europe is struggling with a refugee crisis of epic proportions. Whether the various efforts to stem the tide will bring about a significant drop in the number of immigrants is yet unknown. But what already is clear: Germany, which has taken the brunt of the immigrants in Europe, has a Herculean task. A successful integration of the refugees may even decide over the political stablity of the largest country in Europe's center.

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- Ben Antenore

Will the EU Fall? Three Scenarios, Four Explanations, by Frédéric Mérand,  Université de Montréal, published as a blog of the American Sociological  Association. A crisp and insightful summary of the EU crisis and where it could lead.  Recommended by European Affairs.

- Owen Phelps

The flow towards Europe Interactive chart showing refugee flow into Europe, country by country, based on UN data. PUBLISHED 26.10.2015 | BY VILLE SAARINEN AND JUHO OJALA

Recommended by European affairs.

- Owen Phelps

The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube, by Brad Smith – President and Chief Legal Officer Microsoft Corporation. A thoughtful post (Oct. 20) by the President of a company seriously impacted by the recent European Court of Justice take down of the “safe harbor” provisions of the EU for data transfer out of Europe. Smith lays out principles for moving to a new and better win-win formulation without plunging the world into “digital dark ages.” Recommended by European Affairs.



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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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