As the EU and Japan enter an important phase of negotiations for a free-trade deal, the European Commission is trying to lure exporters to tap into the potential of the Japanese market through an executive training programme.
Europeans have the highest per-capita consumption of alcohol, and drinking causes nearly 1-in-10 cases of ill health and premature death. The European Commission’s informal alcohol strategy, launched in 2006, is set for a detailed evaluation in 2013, with the policy objective of reducing the health and social harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
Europe has some of the most innovative countries in the world, Intel executive Christian Morales says in a video interview, but investment must be maintained across energy, health and other sectors to ensure that the continent keeps its competitive edge.
Even if the West decides not to use the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus as a means of pressure over the country’s dictatorial regime, Alexander Lukashenko will highlight the fact that he carried out the sports event in his 2015 re-election campaign, writes Uladzimir Matskevich.
This analyis discusses the need for political interest representation in Germany, which has a long tradition in anglosaxon countries but still faces barriers in German-speaking countries - especially in eastern Germany.