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19/01/2017

Tech entrepreneur: ‘Africa is a very, very long game’

Digital


UK & Europe 18-01-2017

The Economist: We didn’t win the Brexit argument but eventually could

Readers of The Economist probably voted quite strongly to remain in the European Union and so lost the argument over Brexit, says John Peet. But as people start to worry about the economic consequences of Brexit, public opinion could shift towards a solution that minimises the damage, he argues.
Digital 17-01-2017

Spain's Público: Media crisis comes from elitist thinking, distance from the people

The media has lost its credibility because publishers can’t realise they are writing for the establishment while the middle class is slowly losing its economic position, argues Virginia Perez.
Digital 16-01-2017

EFE director: The European project needs help, and the media can provide it

The European project needs a truly European public opinion and the media can help construct it. The EU institutions should work with national media to inform citizens and combat populism, José Manuel Sanz Mingote told EurActiv's founder Christophe Leclercq. José Manuel Sanz Mingote is international director of the Spanish-speaking news agency EFE. In an interview …

Global Europe 16-01-2017

French Space Agency chief: 'Galileo will guarantee our independence'

Jean-Yves Le Gall, the head of the French Space Agency (CNES), spoke to EurActiv's partner Ouest-France about Galileo, Europe's competitor to GPS that has just come online.
Digital 16-01-2017

Reda: ‘EU copyright reform would benefit fake news sites’

Günther Oettinger is leading the EU’s copyright reform efforts. In an interview with EurActiv Germany, MEP Julia Reda warned this would threaten the freedom of online news publications and benefit false news outlets at the expense of journalists and small publishers.
Digital 13-01-2017

Tagesspiegel publisher: Tech-savvy journalists are the key to media innovation

Sebastian Turner is the publisher and part-owner of Der Tagesspiegel. Based in Berlin, the seventy-one-year-old newspaper is considered one of Germany's most influential dailies. In a #Media4EU interview with Christophe Leclercq, the founder of EurActiv, Turner explained why the media should not be owned by oligarchs and how the sector will reform itself.
Trade & Society 02-12-2016

Netzpolitik editor: Trump will press on with 'insidious' TiSA deal

TTIP and CETA aren't the only controversial trade deals around. Net politics activist Markus Beckedahl told EurActiv Germany that the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a huge threat to data protection.
Future EU 21-11-2016

Ex-Die Welt publisher: 'Europe is complicated, but worth explaining'

European Union efforts to explain its raison d'être to citizens are hamstrung by the incapacity of its institutions to be open and flexible, German journalist Thomas Schmid told EurActiv Poland.
Future EU 08-11-2016

Spanish philosopher: 'We have lost the idea of Europe'

Philosopher José Antonio Marina told EurActiv Spain that the idea of Europe has been lost and called on the EU to undertake a period of “quiet” reflection in order to relaunch a project imbued with “intellectual, political and economic vigour”.

Digital 02-11-2016

Media scholar: Let’s be modest about creating a European public sphere

Attempts at creating Europe-wide media have so far fallen flat. But that doesn’t mean all are doomed to fail, according to Belgian Professor François Henderyckx, who says media bosses haven’t really learned the lessons of past mistakes.
Digital 24-10-2016

Edwy Plenel: Europe needs participative media against populism

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must  operate in a participative democracy if he wants to carve a proper plan to re-launch the European construction. That is true also for the media, Edwy Plenel said in an interview with EurActiv.com.
Euro & Finance 16-09-2016

Vestager: ‘We have Amazon and McDonald’s in the pipeline’

EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition Commissioner, has drawn praise and criticism regarding the Ireland-Apple case. In an interview with EurActiv.fr, she says Ireland’s appeal will actually strengthen the Commission’s case and says more tax rulings are in the pipeline, with Amazon and McDonald's coming next.


Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told EurActiv.com.

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told EurActiv.com. One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.
UK & Europe 01-07-2016

Irish EU minister: Post-Brexit North-South hard border 'not acceptable'

Ireland's EU minister has told EurActiv.com that any post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic should allow status quo in terms of movement of goods or people, and a 'hard border' would be "unacceptable."
Special Report
Digital 24-06-2016

Guillaume Liegey: ‘Big data is cheaper for electoral analysis than polls’

SPECIAL REPORT / Political campaigns can be refined by the analysis of "big data" to analyse and target voters. The challenge is knowing how best to use the data, said Guillaume Liegey.
Special Report
Digital 09-06-2016

Insurance exec: Big data allows better understanding of risk

SPECIAL REPORT / The insurance industry is adjusting its offers on health, cars, the sharing economy and other services because of the growing amount of personal data becoming available.
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EurActiv.com.
Transport 20-05-2016

IATA CEO: 'We need global standards on data collection'

EXCLUSIVE / CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, spoke with EurActiv.de about what the industry expects from Brussels' transport policy and the effect PNR will have on terrorism.
Special Report
Digital 29-04-2016

Ex-DARPA chief: 'Innovation with no goals is not efficient'

SPECIAL REPORT / Ken Gabriel has dedicated his life to innovation and entrepreneurship at Google, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For Gabriel innovation boils down to “satisfying an unmet need”.

Bitcoin expert: EU should 'wait and see' before regulating blockchain

Lawmakers are debating how to deal with virtual currencies and, in particular, with the promising technology behind them: blockchain. Patrick Murck, co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, believes that the current ‘hands-off’ approach is the right one.
Digital 12-04-2016

Tech entrepreneur: ‘Africa is a very, very long game’

E-commerce has been slow to take off in Africa, but Africa Internet Group, the continent’s first online business worth over €1 billion, has big ambitions. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.