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"Following the G7 summit, the European Union and Germany pledged a further €1.4 billion to fund vaccine procurement across Africa."

Protect innovation, not greed

Emmanuel Macron was the first EU leader to pledge to offer surplus COVID vaccine supplies ahead of last week’s G7 summit and the French president got plenty of laudatory media coverage

"Aligning workforces on responsible innovation goals can help track progress towards standardization within a company."

4 lessons on designing responsible, ethical tech: Microsoft case study

Despite their best intentions, there’s often a gap in businesses between the desire to act ethically and following through on those good intentions

"When it should be dealing with much bigger issues of global importance, Georgia’s government seems intent on shredding the country’s democratic credentials and waging an acrimonious political civil war against its domestic opponents."

In Georgia, a New Crisis That No One Needs

When it should be dealing with issues of global importance, Georgia’s government seems intent on shredding the country’s democratic credentials and waging an acrimonious political civil war on its domestic opponents

While some countries trumpet them as a way out for the hard-hit tourism and airline industries, others are more sceptical with only a tiny percentage of the world’s population vaccinated.

Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world

As European Union leaders debated the idea Thursday (25 February) amid claims that it could be divisive and discriminatory, on the global scale, the idea of vaccine passports, which would allow people who have been inoculated the freedom to travel, is gaining traction

Vestager said “digitalisation can become a powerful platform for social convergence” by equipping “more disadvantaged regions and communities”.

European industry more competitive if digital transition investment made now: Vestager

European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday (25 February) that European industry would be “even more competitive in a digital future” if it starts investing “now” in people, technology and the right regulatory frameworks

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"The digital travel pass proposed by IATA would store details of travellers’ vaccination status, as well as recent COVID-19 test results, allowing passengers to rapidly share health information with governments prior to entering their territory."

Europe

Airlines implore EU countries to implement ‘vaccine passports’

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on EU leaders to introduce controversial “vaccine passports” to restart the ailing air travel sector

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"While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences."

Europe

Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change

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"Universal immunization, for the planet’s 7.8 billion people, does not seem feasible — even if everyone wanted to have the vaccine, which they do not, and given that there are as yet no vaccines for children."

World

Immunizing the World: Can We Do It?

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Global governance on immunization against COVID 19 has failed quite badly so far. The West will experience a blowback

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"The digital age opens up great opportunities for businesses, consumers and citizens. Platforms can help people to find new jobs and explore new business ideas."

Europe

Protecting people working through platforms

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

"It’s high time the EU stopped muddling through. It needs bold strategies to tackle the big issues it has long ducked."

Europe

The EU needs a gutsy strategic rethink, not a ’new narrative’

Thursday, February 25, 2021

It is commonplace to say the European Union lacks strategic thinking. It responds reasonably well to immediate crises, but stumbles to find a clearcut approach to longer-term challenges

"Europeans are now starting to wonder: Will the Brits be the only ones on the sunny side this summer?"

Europe

The price of EU indecision

Thursday, February 25, 2021

With its vaccination programme well underway, the UK is starting to see the light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has presented a roadmap for “a path to freedom”

"What is technology really doing to our minds, lives and livelihoods? For instance, many fret about a jobless future, screen addiction and humans being replaced by robots and algorithms."

Analyses

This is what a human-centred approach to AI technology could look like

Thursday, February 25, 2021

There’s a pervasive concern today that people are becoming obsolete. The cause and the culprit? Technology

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"We are at our best in Europe when we work together. This is particularly important when it comes to mastering the challenges of the digital transformation..."

Europe

10 new European Partnerships between the European Union

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

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"As part of the Commission’s proposal for the DSA, presented in December, platforms will face the prospect of billions of euros in fines unless they abide by new rules across fields including advertising transparency, illegal content removal, and data access."

Europe

MEP vies to target rogue traders in Digital Services Act

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Online sellers of dangerous and counterfeit goods could be further targeted under the European Parliament’s Internal Market committee report on the Digital Services Act

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"Stuckmann said the Commission would also seek to build upon measures to bolster the security of the bloc’s networks, as contained in last year’s 5G Toolbox, in which EU nations were tasked with assessing the risk profile of telecom providers, with a view to applying restrictions for vendors considered to be high-risk."

Analyses

New 5G goals to feature in upcoming EU ‘Digital Decade’ targets

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The European Commission will lay out a series of new objectives in the field of 5G communications as part of its ‘Digital Decade’ plans, following a series of delays to the EU’s next-generation telecoms rollout

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"EU now has to decide what kind of relationship, if any, it intends to pursue with Russia. When it comes to foreign and security policy, particularly with regard to Moscow, Berlin’s role is crucial. But strategy is not part of the German lexicon."

World

Why the Europeans Don’t Have a Russia Policy

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The leaders of the EU’s institutions and member governments need Germany to shape a strategic policy toward Russia. But Chancellor Angela Merkel is not prepared to take on this task

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"Treating product management as a role, rather than a culture all its own, deadens its meaning and impact."

Management

A Post-Mortem on Product Management

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Product management as we’ve known it up ‘til now – as a limited function or role – is effectively dead

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EU Actually

EU prophets of doom were wrong

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Following the 2016 referendum in the UK there were predictions by EU prophets of doom, like chief-negotiator Barnier, that banks, hedge funds and other financial firms would leave London’s City en-mass

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COVID-19: MEPs discuss ways to increase roll-out of vaccines with pharma CEOs

COVID-19: MEPs discuss ways to increase roll-out of vaccines with pharma CEOs

In a hearing today, MEPs demanded clarity on vaccine deliveries and insisted that pharmaceutical companies honour their contracts

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The Fourth Globalisation and EU business families

The Fourth Globalisation and EU business families

The often-unsaid truth of European business is that it is shockingly concentrated in a relatively small number of families. Part of that is by design

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