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Digital age ‘desperately’ needs ethical and legal guidelines

Digital age ‘desperately’ needs ethical and legal guidelines

We interviewed 60 Europeans to get 60 personal stories about what the last 60 years of European integration meant to them.

We interviewed 60 Europeans to get 60 personal stories about what the last 60 years of European integration meant to them.:

Two screenshots taken of the Brexit section of…

Two screenshots taken of the Brexit section of the Guardian’s website. Two articles, side-by-side, with headlines saying the opposite. So, which is it? Will Theresa May find a way to make a deal, or will the UK crash out as Liam Fox claims? The truth most likely falls somewhere in between.

Theresa May needs to magically produce a deal that her extremely divided government will approve, and the EU needs to produce a deal that member states will accept. Both will most likely do this with “fudge” (to add to the endless Brexit food metaphors), meaning, a vague deal.

May benefits from the frightening discussion (finally taking place) about the economic damage of no deal, because anything she brings back will look better. The EU does not want to undermine its four freedoms, but also wants to avoid the economic chaos of no deal. Pushing the details to a later stage also gives the UK more time to politically reverse course. So, no cake, or cherry picking, but definitely more fudge…

A bumper day of euro-area economic releases showed the region’s vital signs remain good, if not great.


UBS Says Euro to Strengthen in Second Half on European Growth Pickup. We are more confident that the Euro is start strengthening.
Source: Bloomberg

Public consultation on summertime arrangements

Public consultation on summertime arrangements:

So far over a million citizens took part in the EU’s public consultation on summertime arrangement.

If you haven’t already, please voice your opinion here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2018-summertime-arrangements

I just would like to add that “wintertime” is actually “standard time” and “summer time” is in reality “daylight saving time”. So if you, like the majority of people, have a hard time getting up in the morning, you want to keep wintertime.

Personally I am for abolishing the “daylight saving time” change, but more important to me is that we change our behaviour towards the workplace. A lot of modern jobs don’t actually require people to be on the job at a certain time, let me come in when they want to. That way we would not only accommodate both early birds and night owls, but also mitigate rush hour traffic jams. 

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p.s. CGP Grey made an informative video about the subject, he is concentrating his argument around the US, but the same is true for the EU:

Prevalence of cannabis use in the EUWhat I find interesting and…

Prevalence of cannabis use in the EU

What I find interesting and positively reassuring is that, while cannabis is legal in the Netherlands, they are not nearly at the top of the list here.

3 Blokes In The Pub… Talk NO DEAL Brexit

3 Blokes In The Pub… Talk NO DEAL Brexit

European countries work together to respond to natural and…

European countries work together to respond to natural and man-made disasters in Europe and beyond. A so-called “Voluntary Pool” brings together equipment, experts and relief teams that are kept on standby and deployed as soon as needed to respond to emergencies.

Factsheet – stronger EU protection for package holidays

Factsheet – stronger EU protection for package holidays:

Going on a package holiday this summer?

Know your rights and don’t get bullied around!

Baveno – 20 years of the Copernicus Programme (pdf 271 KB)

Baveno – 20 years of the Copernicus Programme (pdf 271 KB)