Moralising about the US and Germany spying scandal
Germany would benefit from closer co-operation with Western intelligence services.
Nobody likes being spied on. It is quite understandable that Germans are cross that American intelligence officers apparently recruited a junior figure in the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) and were inappropriately close to an official at the defence ministry.
How can NATO respond to the type of messy war favoured by Russia in Ukraine?
- Juncker struggles for women nomineesIncoming Commission president promises at least nine women, but with nearly half of the college declared there is a dearth of female names.
- What next for David Cameron?After his failure to stop Jean-Claude Juncker, the British prime minister will have to face the consequences.
The fine against BNP was disproportionate – which was precisely the point, writes a professor from Harvard Law School.
- The cure to France's economic worriesFrance needs a more agile and open economy and cannot rely on the same growth model it has used before, writes a professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
- EU must get the gender balance rightA cross-party group of MEPs calls for an equal number of men and women to be given senior roles in the EU institutions
A good week for...
The liberal group in the European Parliament did not have a good election, being overtaken by the ECR as the third largest group in the Parliament. But thanks to group leader Verhofstadt’s support for the pact that saw Martin Schulz return to the presidency of the Parliament, ALDE has been granted two vice-presidents and the chairs of two committees. That is the same status that ALDE had in the last parliamentary term, when the group was much larger.
A bad week for...
With the Tour de France and its massive entourage on the other side of the English Channel for the opening three stages of the race, a power fault that caused chaos for passengers could not have come at a worse time. Hundreds of passengers (and four dogs) had to be evacuated from a brokendown train in the Channel Tunnel on Monday. The Eurotunnel passenger shuttle came to a halt about a quarter of the way through the tunnel after a problem with an overhead power line.
Profile of the director-general of DigitalEurope.
When John Higgins was in his twenties, Britain’s leading manufacturer of bricks asked him to throw some technology at its staid production line. The young Mancunian maths graduate promptly put in place an impressive computerised stock-control system, only to see it unravel under the weight of entrenched workplace practices. It became apparent that those entering data into the system were making mistakes: a team of clerks had to be employed to go through the computer-generated orders manually. Whatever labour-savings the technology had made at one end were quickly lost at the other.
People & Places
The European Commission yesterday (9 July) announced three management appointments. Gerassimos Thomas has been appointed deputy director-general in the department for energy, with special responsibility for co-ordination of …
Examining the world of public affairs in and around the EU.
- Public affairs is not an exact science
- A decade of change in EU public affairs
- Switching professions: politician to public affairs practitioner
Estimates put the number of lobbyists in Brussels at around 30,000 but calculations of their impact are still more vague.
Public affairs organisations have switched their focus to MEPs and changed their tactics to get the best results.
Do ex-MEPs become lobbyists because they are suited to the task, or because they are unsuitable for anything else?
- Cultural differences affect practices in the public affairs industry
- Roman Catholic lobby
- Using social media in public affairs
- Data protection and aggressive lobbying
- Making the public affairs sector more transparent
- Public affairs: a small revolution, still turning
Lobbying in Brussels has developed into a unique practice incorporating the norms and regulations of other countries.
Spurring the Roman Catholic lobby into action.
Creating grassroots momentum behind the reform of fisheries rules that was being proposed by the European Commission.
The moment that hard-nosed US lobbying arrived in Brussels.
The Joint Transparency Register has made the public affairs sector more open, but there are limits to what it can achieve.
Maros Sefcovic believes that there have been improvements to the conduct of public affairs around the EU.
18 September 2014
The Crowne Plaza, Brussels, BE
Connected vehicles hold the promise of increased safety and security, better network efficiency, improved traffic management and reduced environmental impact. Car makers, mobile-network operators, insurers, IT solutions …
With: Pierre MASAI, Stefano FRATTA, Fotis Karamitsos, Klaus SCHIERHACKL, Arndt OHLER, Fabrizio CORTESI, Frans OP DE BEEK
Cyber-security in 2014
23 September 2014
Regulatory compliance, internal controls, crisis management... best practices to protect data and intellectual property
With: WIM BARTSOEN, DAVID CALLEBAUT, UDO HELMBRECHT, MATTHEW JOHNSON, Troels Oerting, JAAN PRIISALU, QUENTYN TAYLOR, Steve Wright, Simon TAYLOR