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EUROCHAMBRES president, Christoph Leitl, called the co-legislators to take into account the scope and proportion of additional administrative requirements, especially for SMEs, in relation to the objective.

EUROCHAMBERS President Leitl: Chambers have to play a role in Green Deal Investment Plan

EUROCHAMBRES welcomes the European Green Deal Investment Plan, published by the European Commission

Along with economic and geopolitical resilience, environmental resilience will be an increasingly important factor in investment decision-making in 2020, as more investors seek to understand the impact of burgeoning climate risks.

Cities must show ’environmental resilience’ to attract investment in real estate

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ongoing political uncertainty and mounting concerns of a global economic slowdown made 2019 a bumpy year

From AI-enabled chatbots to ads based on individuals’ search or social media activities, digital data offer novel ways to connect with customers.

Strategising Customisation and Privacy in the Digital Age

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Five golden rules to effectively balance personalisation and customer protection

A new generation of businesses has upended entire industries by removing middlemen, flouting conventional processes and leveraging connectivity and automation in ways that have forced incumbent business leaders, regulators and the global workforce to rethink everything they once believed to be sacred.

Bend, don’t break: how to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The ’move fast and break things’ ethos that epitomized Silicon Valley business culture for much of the 21st century’s first decade has fundamentally changed the global economy

Emerging platforms have enabled mere news enthusiasts—and propagandists—to compete with professional journalists on an equal footing. On these platforms, what makes a news report successful is its level of virality: The articles and videos that are most popular are the ones that attract the most immediate and radical emotional reactions, even if they contain factual errors. Current advertising-only business models rely on this fact for survival, prioritizing content that is addictive and shareable rather than reliable and important.

The Internet broke the news industry—and can fix it, too

By: EBR | Thursday, January 9, 2020

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media

The smartphone and 4G have already transformed the way we communicate, consume and live; with 5G, we are entering the next generation of mobile communication.

How 5G and the Internet of Things can create a winning business

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) can allow companies to maximize business value – sensors, software and other technologies in physical assets can connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet

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«Indirect retaliation such as assaults on US allies and their interests in the region, cyberattacks, attacks/closing of the Hormuz Strait, as well as attacks via Iran’s proxies on vital US interests may start a period of retaliatory moves which may evolve into a direct conflict.»

The Rising Turmoil in the Middle East and the Implications for Portfolio Hedging

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

There is no doubt that the death of Qassem Soleimani may become a stepping-stone for rising violence, turmoil, volatility, risks, and even a new war in a troubled region of the world

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: They don’t see themselves as heroes.

You May Be a Workplace Hero Without Realising It

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

“Not all heroes wear capes,” the saying goes, and the workplace is no exception

‘We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side’, Mrs Pelosi said after the impeachment vote, referring to the House Members who would present the case for removal to the Senate.

Democrats move impeachment from folly to farce

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 23, 2019

The House impeachment of President Trump was only a day old when it moved from folly to farce

The UK’s Brexit underscores that economics is not the be-all and end-all. It tells us that there are other values that matter, principally nation and culture.

Economism Vs. Culture: Who Wins?

By: EBR | Friday, December 20, 2019

What are the real driving forces of British politics? Reflecting on the Tory victory in the UK’s 2019 general election

Our model shows that around 10 percent of the gender wage gap is due to gender differences in the willingness to trade-off salary for a shorter commute.

How the Daily Commute Contributes to the Gender Wage Gap

By: EBR | Friday, December 20, 2019

Women’s aversion for commuting motivates them to look for closer and not-so-well paid jobs compared to men

Government’s priority is to deliver Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31, 2020.

Main points from UK government’s new programme

By: EBR | Friday, December 20, 2019

Here are the main points from Queen Elizabeth II’s speech in parliament on Thursday (19 December) setting out the British government’s legislative programme

The World Meteorological Organization has concluded that 70% of the NDCs were insufficient to meet the Paris goal of a 50% reduction in ghg emissions by 2030.

Sea Levels: Three Feet Higher This Century

By: EBR | Friday, December 20, 2019

Limiting sea level increases to feet rather than tens of feet requires utility-scale carbon capture

The five political parties that are represented in Finland’s current coalition government are all headed by women.

Finland, World Leader

By: EBR | Thursday, December 19, 2019

What could the U.S. learn from Finland’s stellar example for its own many challenges?

Gender parity has a fundamental bearing on whether or not economies and societies thrive.

Mind the 100 Year Gap

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 17, 2019

None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020

As China’s breakneck digitisation rivets the world, another Asian giant is unfurling its own transformation.

India’s Quiet Digital Revolution

By: EBR | Monday, December 16, 2019

It may just be the most sweeping revolution you’ve never heard of

According to Glaesser (2006) (pp. 21-23) a definition of crisis management is the "careful study and anticipation of the risks that a business / organization may pose to reduce uncertainty and take all necessary measures."

Managing "crisis" and public sector organizations

By: EBR | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

In the everyday life, the concept of crisis can encompass the whole range of activities and relationships, at an individual, social and political level

Blockchain is best described as an online ledger made up of blocks of information linked using cryptography.

Blockchain: Finding the Value Proposition

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The hype around Bitcoin may be subsiding, but the evolution of the underlying blockchain continues to generate excitement as one of the most important and disruptive technological innovations since the internet

In contrast to Germany the US defies recession talk. The US economy added 266.000 jobs in November, as the American labour market continued to expand.

Germany’s industrial sector suffers its deepest downturn in a decade

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, December 9, 2019

Germany’s industrial sector is suffering its biggest decline since 2009, the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is sputtering

The majority of Central Asian elites share many common views about the EU.

The EU’s Incomplete Strategy for Central Asia

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The EU will need to increase its visibility in Central Asia if it wants to have influence in a region facing immense challenges from China and India, but also from Afghanistan and threats of terrorism

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‘The Times They Are a-changin’

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

With apologies to Bob Dylan for using his already so often (mis)used words: ‘The Times They Are a- changin’

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Climate change has provoked an unprecedented response from the international community in recent years. However, as industry becomes greener, the working lives of Europeans will change

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Warning Tremors Before a Flash Crash

When an earthquake strikes, its relatively mild P-waves travel faster than the subsequent S-waves that cause severe damage. Earthquake early warning systems protect us by tracking the fast P-waves. It is those few seconds between the P-waves and the S-waves that give us precious time to take shelter

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