L’Union européenne subventionne les opposants au libre-échange

CETA, TTIP, ISDS : de nombreux acronymes dominent le débat sur les politiques commerciales de l’Union européenne. Ces dernières années, de nombreuses manifestations à grande échelle ont été organisées contre les traités commerciaux entre l’UE et les États-Unis ou le Canada. Qui alimente la rhétorique anti-libre-échange que l’opinion publique semble aussi accepter ? La réponse […]

In an era of cheap aviation, putting tariffs on new planes is a bad idea

Last week, the US Department of Commerce released a statement in which it announced new tariffs on Canadian plane imports. The description “Duty Determination on Imports of 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft From Canada“ will sound oddly specific to most readers, but very familiar to people interested in civil aviation. One-hundred to 150-seat Canadian aircrafts are currently […]

Recycling CO2 might be possible in the future

While the question of CO2-emissions becomes increasingly worrying for most members of society, the answer from many government officials sounds dim. As of now, the reduction of pollution with the greenhouse gas is only dealt with through advocacy of lower consumption: we institute daylight saving times, No Car days or ban plastic bags. Whether or […]

La biomasse: pourquoi est-ce que ce producteur d’emplois propre est-il méprisé?

De multiples ONGs s’opposent à l’utilisation du granulé de bois pour la production énergétique: des organisations comme Biofuelwatch font pression sur les responsables de l’Union européenne afin que la RED – Renewable Energy Directive (la directive européenne des énergies renouvelables) de 2020 n’inclue pas la bioénergie à grande échelle. L’ONG BirdLife va encore plus loin: […]

Martin Schulz is the first victim of Brexit

On September 24, Germans headed to the polls to elect a new parliament. Despite Angela Merkel’s Christian-Democrat CDU/CSU losing massively in support, she remains in a position of forming a government in the coming months. Her Social-Democrat rival Martin Schulz however lost his shot at the Chancellor’s office and announced on Sunday evening that his […]

Verbuetspolitik ass keng Léisung

Dëse Beitrag ass de Manuskript vu mengem Fräie Mikro, deen den 12. September um Radio 100,7 iwwerdroe gouf. Nolauschtere kann een den 100,7 Beitrag hei. Virun zwou Wochen ass et op der Uni Bréissel zu enger Kontrovers komm: Een Internetsite dee Relatiounen zwëschen eeleren a jonke Leit promouvéiert, hat virum Uni-Campus fir sech Reklamm gemaach. Bei sougenannte Relatiounen […]

A ‘digital tax’ is just another burden on consumers

In a recent move by four EU member states, the European Union has brought up the issue of digital taxation, by suggesting that online business services should be taxed on turnover, not on profits. Based on an initiative by the finance ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Spain, these four governments demand action of the […]