Silicon Valley’s Myths: How Palo Alto operates a global black market racket

The ideological debate between communism and capitalism that so defined and shaped the twentieth century was convincingly won by the west when the Soviet Union collapsed towards the end of the twentieth century. Looming over the horizon is yet another threat to our understanding of running the free market though, ironically, the threat this time …

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Over funded. Over staffed and over here. Washington’s right-wing media takes root in Europe

You’ve got to admire the Americans and their can-do attitude. Europeans simply pale in comparison. For years national media conglomerates from across Europe have been trying to establish a viable market for EU news. The greatest challenge to any media seeking to cover EU affairs and break even? Bursting out of the “Brussels Bubble” and …

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Regulatory Convergence, the TTIP and why this agreement, like the dodo, is never going to fly

Kathleen Garnett This week EU and US negotiators are meeting in New York to hammer out the Regulatory Chapter of the TTIP. Alongside the proposed Chapter on Investor State Dispute Settlement, Regulatory Co-operation is the second most controversial aspect of the proposed trade agreement. From an EU perspective the Regulatory Co-operation Chapter of the TTIP, …

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The irresistible force is about to meet the immovable object – ready for the sonic boom as Greece crashes out of the euro?

Not so long ago EU Perspectives posted a much read piece Grexit? Brexit? Don’t Bet on it. If you’re a betting person you may want to call off all bets whilst you still can. Since coming to power Tsipras has recklessly pushed Greece to the very brink. The risk now is that he could be …

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Tsipras – a false prophet but without the beard? The sick man of Europe is still sick and Syriza does not have the medicine to revive him.

There has been much euphoria across Europe since Sunday’s elections in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, his boyish face fresh with triumph, hails a new era not just for Greece but the entire European continent no less. Man, this man is on fire. Just look at his rhetoric... “The Greece of the elite has been defeated.” “The …

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A herbicide spray to keep the bio-tech industry at bay? RIP traditional European agriculture

By Kathleen Garnett Ever since the first boff in a lab profited from fiddling around with the genetic make-up of plants European agriculture has been at the mercy of the big corporations. Not unlike the pests GMO products are said to repel the bio-tech industry has been swarming all over the treasure chest that is European …

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A European Narrative – Propaganda or Debate?

Kathleen Garnett With the rise of vocal, populist right-wing parties that tap into people’s fears, never has the need for Brussels to present it’s case been more important. It is estimated the EU has approximately five years, before the next Parliamentary elections, to do so. If it fails there is the risk that the EU’s …

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“EU BANS TEDDIES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS”.

Kathleen Garnett True? False? Who cares? It’s a great headline. With many shops, particularly in the UK, already displaying Christmas baubles in their windows it’s a timely news item certain to grab reader's attention – especially that broad demographic “parents” who are already fretting over how to fill their children’s stockings in time for Christmas. …

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