8 things to know about the EU copyright reform

“Internet, brace yourself –  Günther is coming”. This meme showing German EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger as Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark summarizes the current European debate about access to online content. MEP Julia Reda lives in Belgium. Belgian copyright rules allow her to freely use the meme under the parody exception. But, as she explained at […]

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CloudFlare refuses to sit at the kids’ table

“Punch above your weight” is Michelle Zatlyn’s motto. Zatlyn founded CloudFlare, an internet performance and security company, with Matthew Prince and Lee Holloway five years ago. Looking at the company’s record (it has been profitable since 2014), the motto seems to be working well for them. Unlike Qwiki, the company they competed against at TechCrunch […]

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From fighting taxis to liberating drivers: Uber shifts its corporate narrative

Mid-September, I was one of the “few” lucky 150,000 persons that attended “the largest tech conference in the world to take place in San Francisco”, Dreamforce 2015. The week-long event, organized by Salesforce in its birth city, is a powerful demonstration of the mix of business acumen and outward corporate generosity that characterizes its CEO, […]

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“Parlez-vous Eurospeak?”

English vs multilingualism in EU influencing Walking down the streets of Europe’s capital, passing the tunnel-ridden Avenue des Arts, one enters EU territory. And there, the language changes. Forget Belgium’s French or Flemish. In the area stretching west to the Schuman roundabout, one can hear any of the 24 EU official languages1. But the language […]

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Net neutrality in Europe: a nightmarish scenario?

Every year at the end of July, the great migration starts. The EU bubble breaks up. MEPs, parliamentary assistants, EU institutions’ officials and lobbyists leave Brussels for a month of vacation. Some MEPs go home to visit their constituencies, others stay away for an extra week and travel on a delegation outside Europe. A week […]

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French tech startups take matters into their own hands

France’s internet economy appears to be caught in a hurricane. Uber’s recent troubles in the country seem to say as much. However, not every tech company’s outlook is as dire. In fact, the image of France as a country of lost opportunities for emerging tech startups is changing. A study by GP Bullhound published last […]

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Schäuble and the German Mindset

What drives Germany’s approach to Europe and EU policy-making? A great way to understand this is to look at Wolfgang Schäuble’s actions during the Eurozone crisis. The strong-willed German Finance Minister was one of the most prominent actors in the recent agreement on a third Greek bailout. Schäuble’s attitude towards Greece and the Eurozone crisis […]

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TTIP to go faster in Congress than TPP, says US trade expert

As Congress leaders and the White House work around the clock to get TPP-related legislation passed, Brussels observers fear that TTIP will have to ride on the same risky rollercoaster, which could jeopardize its success. I heard a much more reassuring point of view this Tuesday (June 16) at a Commonwealth Club event in San […]

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Government surveillance, trade, immigration: a view from France

Government surveillance and immigration are very contentious issues opposing Silicon Valley and Washington DC. Speaking to a few journalists, including Decoding Europe, at the French Café de la Presse in San Francisco on May 1, French Ambassador to the US Gérard Araud explained how they are dealt with in France. He also briefly addressed the […]

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Is France tech-protectionist? French Ambassador answers.

I had the fortune of having a conversation with French Ambassador to the US Gérard Araud in San Francisco on May 1, alongside two other representatives of the international press. I asked Mr. Araud about his views on the controversy initiated by President Obama in February regarding Europe’s alleged protectionism and anti-US tech policy (for […]

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