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WiFi4EU | Free Wi-Fi for Europeans

WiFi4EU | Free Wi-Fi for Europeans:

Because a good WiFi signal is important!

How has the EU progressed towards the Sustainable Development…

How has the EU progressed towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Full report can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-statistical-books/-/KS-01-18-656

I know, it is a 356 page pdf full of boring numbers. https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/3217494/9237449/KS-01-18-656-EN-N.pdf/2b2a096b-3bd6-4939-8ef3-11cfc14b9329

There are the odd spoilers, like the “in work at-risk-of-poverty rate” which is unfortunately creeping up and indicating that we squeeze the working classes unproportional hard. (I know, we all can see and feel that, but it is still good to have the facts to back that up.) But beside these few cases, what the numbers prove is that things in Europe, despite appearances, are getting better overall.

And that is something that should cheer you up. 

Today I want to gloss over the bad things just for once, and highlight some of the good things. There is obviously way too much data in this report to quote here, but just to give you some idea … 

I like the idea of feeling less guilty for the food I am eating, I also like the idea that the life expectancy is still increasing at a steady rate.

… and that less people are smoking:

The Europe 2020 targets for education were ambitious, but it looks like we are going to meet them.

Maybe that is the reason why in all the poll young people are less likely to support ideas like leaving the EU? Even if the PISA study claims that they underachieve in reading and math skills, they are still considerably more educated than their parents ever used to be and tend to make more informed decisions. 

Gender employment gap has improved massively. A lot less women are unemployed, a lot more women are represented in national parliaments and in senior management.

But while also improving, we still need to work on paying women their fair share.

And while more people shower, we somehow managed to pollute less water.

Energy consumption pretty much state the same. Looks like all these shiny flat screen monitors eat up what we saved in switching to LED lights. But the energy we do consume is now a lot more renewable than it used to be.

Europeans get richer. Obviously, the rich get more rich than the poor, we can all see that, but data proves that even the poor benefit from this trend. Now if only we could somehow make sure everybody benefits at the same rate, maybe we would have less disgruntled people?

Youth unemployment? We are basically back to pre-2008 levels. Which have been an all time low.

Same is true for overall unemployment as well.

We rock at science! Now if only the national government would fund us accordingly.

Has anybody said Europe is full? 

Does anybody actually still remember the horrible high rise buildings that dominated European cities in the 1980′s? I used to call them “instant social problems”, “just add people”. 

I show that I am Austrian, because this one made me very happy …

We recycle a lot more than we used to!

not only is our energy coming from more green sources, we manage to produce a lot more with the same amount of energy and less waste.

Climate Change, what we do shows effect, and keep in mind while emitting less greenhouse gas, we actually produce more.

But please, it might look awesome that we already met the 2020 target, but that is only the beginning, we need to do a lot more! What this shows us however, is that it can be done. The message here isn’t “we’ve done it”, the message here is that this is the way to do it. Looking at the new electric Jaguar and Porsche for example, it no longer feels like that doing the right thing, is a backward step. We need to continue to make a green future look desirable.

Europe is a safe place. Crime is going down. And people don’t just get shot here. Not in the past and even a lot less now.

So here you have it. Not everything is getting worse. Many things get better, most actually.

A Brief History Of The European Court Of Human Rights – RightsInfo

A Brief History Of The European Court Of Human Rights – RightsInfo

Die Grafik, die Trump ärgern wird

Die Grafik, die Trump ärgern wird:

Der Handelsüberschuss aller 28 EU-Länder mit den USA erhöhte sich im ersten Halbjahr ungeachtet der scharfen Kritik von Trump deutlich.

What Is The European Convention On Human Rights?

What Is The European Convention On Human Rights?:

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

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