This Pandemic Has Too Many Predictable “I Told You So’s”

Most of Europe is back in lockdown, presumably as punishment for our sins of going outside during the summer, and as preparation for the Christmas holidays. It feels like being back in school, where a patronizing teacher indicates that the children are incapable of behaving themselves. To some Europeans, this is a surprising development. Yet […]

Fight mycotoxin contamination with modern technology

Every consumer will know this problem: you come home from a long trip but the fruits, vegetables, and yoghurt are still in the fridge. “Expiry dates are just an industry trick to sell more food” is a thought that leads some to disregard the mould that has formed on all of these items over time, […]

[10è Homme] Nouvelle lettre sur la Commission européenne

Chers lecteurs, Comme je vous avais annoncé au mois d’avril 2019, je contribue une fois par mois à la newsletter “10ème Homme”, produit par Vauban Editions en Suisse. Au mois de septembre et d’octobre ma lettre (et ma vidéo) expliquaient la dispute maritime entre la Turquie et la Grèce et le nouveau pacte migration proposé […]

[Reportage] Europäesch Unioun soll manner ofhängeg vu Medikamenter-Importer ginn

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, a gouf de 25. November iwwerdroen. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. Haut de Mëtten huet d’Europäesch Kommissioun eng nei Strategie fir pharmazeutesch Produkter an hir Industrie virgestallt. Mat dëser Strategie soll sécher gestallt ginn dass Medikamenter disponibel a bezuelbar sinn, an et soll fir méi […]

Introducing the ConsEUmer podcast / EP1: Targeted Fun (w/ Yaël Ossowski)

This week I launched the ConsEUmer podcast, the European podcast of the Consumer Choice Center. Broadcasting every Thursday, wherever you listen to podcasts. I will be updating you on the latest consumer choice issues in the EU and its member states, and will also host a weekly guest. This week with Yaël Ossowski, on targeted […]

Biden Has an Opportunity to Improve Trade With Europe

The Europeans killed a potential deal during the Obama years, but the world is a different place now. Trade relationships with Europe have been painstakingly petty for the last four years. In 2019, the U.S ended the WTO’s appellate body by refusing to appoint new members, which meant that the world’s arbiter on trade had […]

[Reportage] Kënnt ee neien TTIP-Accord?

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, a gouf den 18. November iwwerdroen. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. An der Europäescher Unioun gëtt sech op politescher Säit erwaart, dass mat engem Joe Biden als US-President besser Handelsrelatioune méiglech sinn. Op dat allerdéngs zu engem Handelsaccord féiert, ass nach net kloer Et wier […]

Il faut repenser, non réformer, la PAC

Les institutions de l’Union européenne renégocient la structure et les ambitions de la politique agricole commune (PAC). Les différents groupes politiques jonglent avec des propositions écologiques, plus ambitieuses les unes que les autres, sans le moindre esprit critique envers le système des paiements en lui-même. Dans quel autre industrie du monde serions-nous prêts à subventionner […]

Putting a price on the European Green Deal

The European Green Deal (EGD) is one of the cornerstones of the Von der Leyen Commission. It is hardly controversial to say that European policymakers have responded to public pressure with more environmentally friendly policies, which have, in turn, created heated debates over many other EU policies, ranging from CAP reform to the EU-Mercosur free […]