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Diving into the future of digital finance

56 coders from 15 countries in 12 teams took up the challenge: an innovative blockchain event set up for the first time at the EIB’s headquarters in Luxembourg. The 48-hour challenge: to use blockchain technologies to redesign the transaction processing of commercial paper.

Mimicking membership: London’s need for a new coalition-building strategy

New data show who in the EU is disappointed by the UK, and which common interests are worth fighting for pre-Brexit.

The real roots of Germany’s defense spending problem

The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.

Is Europe America’s friend or foe?

Since Donald Trump took office as US president, a new cottage industry in rational theories of his seemingly irrational behavior has developed. On one issue, however, no amount of theorizing has made sense of Trump: his treatment of America's oldest and most reliable ally.

The structural flaw in the EU’s migration policy

The EU migration policy lacks a true understanding of the root causes. The approach is therefore ill-fitted for purpose, risks undermining development, and may even exacerbate fragility.

“The way people talk about the work of journalists has changed”

Bastian Obermayer on fake news and the role that politicians across the world are playing in creating a more dangerous place for journalists could not be more timely: as the tragic assassinations of journalists in Malta and Slovakia in the past year demonstrate, Europe isn't a safe zone anymore.

Trade War: European Union taxes American imports

The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.
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Scotland will have to rejoin EU after independence referendum

A new state, coming out of a current member state it will have to apply for EU membership.

The EU’s new ‘carpet bomb’ copyright law under pressure

The European Union's proposed Copyright Directive will be heading to a vote in the European parliament on 20 June, as pressure mounts from tech giants and data rights groups to fight its supposedly blanket terms.

Europe is still not producing large successful tech companies at the same rate as...

John Collison's trailblazing billion-dollar company Stripe, which he co-founded at only 19 years old, helps companies of all sizes do business online.

BREXIT: Who is in and who is out?

Today and tomorrow, British MPs will vote on 15 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, sent to the Commons by the unelected House of Lords.

MEPs call on European Commission to suspend Privacy Shield framework

MEPs have called on the European Commission to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield framework for personal data transfers, saying it fails to provide enough data protection for EU citizens.

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