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Addendum: This blog was written based on a copy of Europe 2020 that was leaked to the press on or around 24 February. Since the launch on 3 March, we have subsequently learned that two of the original nine flagship programmes are no longer included in the final version. They are the “Energy Action Plan”… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

Check out this video interview with Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment. The Lisbon Council hosted Andreas for the launch of his new study on the huge cost of low performance in education. The study holds important lessons for Europe, especially as we reflect on the substance of the EU… » read more

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Here is an editorial of mine published in this week’s European Voice, a first reaction to plans of imposing sanctions on economic non-performance. In a nutshell, my argument is that countries that don’t grow and that have high unemployment don’t need punishment from Brussels, as they are already punishing themselves (see Spain with 19% unemployment… » read more

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EU 2020: Innovating Indicators

With the reflection on EU 2020 in full swing, this e-brief weighs into the debate with an analysis about the political economy of indicators, as well as concrete recommendations on targets for the EU’s new economic blueprint. “Innovating Indicators: Choosing the Right Targets for EU 2020” is a unique reflection on how to measure and… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

Today, the European Commission is launching a consultation on the EU 2020 strategy, the successor to the Lisbon Agenda. With Lisbon’s deadline in the year 2010 quickly approaching, there is now a unique opportunity to review and improve this vital policy programme and lay a strong foundation for the new EU 2020 strategy. To be… » read more

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‘If it’s not open, it’s not the Internet’ Vint Cerf Fascinating event this morning on cloud computing, hosted by Openforum europe. I mostly confirmed my attendance because I know too little about this fascinating phenomenon that is so profoundly changing how business is being done these days (by the way, it appeared like I was… » read more

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Finally, a vision. Finally, a return to policy. Finally, a credible attempt to solve the pressing issues of our times, from overcoming recession and fighting climate change, to strengthening employment and getting public finances back in order. President Barroso’s “political guidelines for the next Commission,” published last Thursday, present a welcome step towards something resembling… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler