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Europe’s prosperity is at risk! European companies, small or big, are falling behind their American, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Canadian and Australian competitors in terms of the innovation. They are less creative and slower to adapt to ever new international market conditions. The fates of once successful companies like Nokia, Vestas or major investment banks demonstrate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European winter 2011-12 will go down in history as divided into two unequal parts: very mild until mid-January and in the first half of February. It is therefore appropriate to draw a few lessons. The 2011-12 winter offers no evidence that climate change is a chimera. It is there more than ever, marked by… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Monday, January 23rd 2012, the new Belgian Prime Minister di Rupo flew to Berlin for a one-hour working lunch with his German counterpart, Chancellor Merkel, to make her personal acquaintance and prepare for the European Council meeting on January 30th. The visit has been extremely short, no more than two hours in the German capital.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 17th International Climate Conference in Durban has terminated its two weeks` work with a procedural conclusion to work for an international climate agreement to be signed by 2015. This result owes much to the tenacity and negotiating skill of the EU delegation, but also to the EU`s credible climate policy, demonstrated once again by… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In 10 years Germany will have to do without nuclear power, which contributed 20 per cent to German electricity supply in 2010. Will Germany replace nuclear power essentially through coal and gas; or will it be able to make a big leap forward towards renewables and higher energy efficiency? Six months after the German parliament… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Since 1995 Transparency International, the Berlin-based, international non-governmental organisation, committed to the fight against corruption, has published global corruption reports, which rank the perceptions of corruption in 183 countries. The 2011 report that has come out December 1st confirms a common impression: wealthy countries that internalise protestant ethics are performing best, followed by those with… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

EU countries would benefit from joint bond emissions to finance their public debt. Joint bonds would create a huge market comparable to that for US federal debt and enable governments to secure better terms thanks to higher liquidity. Joint bond emissions will have to be guaranteed by all participating countries. In order to secure low… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The re-elected Polish government is determined to tackle far-reaching economic and fiscal reforms in order to prepare the country for future uncertainties and challenges. It wants to put its public finances in order in view of joining the Euro-zone when the present crisis will have been resolved.. To that end, it aims at reducing its… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In the framework of Belgian`s most recent constitutional reform it has also been that as of 2014 elections for the European, national and regional parliaments should be held simultaneously. This constitutes a landmark decision for European democracy. All EU member states should follow the Belgian example. The electoral period should be extended to five years.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein