Start up, Europe!

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Europe needs creative and innovative startups for a successful future. To foster a European startup culture the ‘Startup Europe week’ is currently taking place. Across Europe mini-events are organized in more than 200 cities. This alone is already a reason for celebration. In addition there will be even another one this year on 13 December. It will be the 200th birthday of Werner von Siemens.

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TPP – A digital policy failure for Canada?

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An interesting speech and panel about the TPP in Canada. Speaker is Michael Geist, one of the profoundest experts on digital law in Canada. It’s from November 12, 2015. Does someone know about similar events from the European perspective about CETA, TiSA or TTIP? Even though i understand that not all texts have been released until now. Feedback would be appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTrS1GeADQU

 

Italy, where is your growth gone?

  
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“Indeed, the euro area cannot prosper if its third largest economy has a potential growth rate of zero. Italy has to grow, and this will not happen by waiting for the cycle to turn. The challenges for Italy are long-term and the solution is structural. We need only look at the trends to see this: its real growth rate was 5% in the 1950s, 4% in the 1960s, 3% in the 1970s, 2% in the 1980s, 1% in the 1990s, and 0% in the 2000s. Italy is too big to be rescued from the outside, it has to make the turnaround on its own. Its fate will critically determine the fate of the euro area.”

Jörg Asmussen, former Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, in his speech “Cooperation and diversity: principles for a stable euro area” on the occasion of the award ceremony “Alumnus of the Year”, Bocconi, Milan, 25 October 2013