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 […]

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 […]

Joe Biden Is Already On The Warpath Against Brexit

The challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden seem unsurmountable from the perspective of a European. Biden needs to simultaneously juggle an incumbent president challenging the legitimacy of the election, large chunks of the voting population skeptical of the democratic process, the far left wing of his own party, a Republican Senate, the COVID-19 pandemic, and an […]

Give patients more access: We need zero VAT on medicines in Europe

As Europeans face a public health crisis, we should increase patient accessibility by abolishing VAT on the most essential of goods. The COVID-19 pandemic has put health policy back into the hearts and minds of European decision-makers. Before the outbreak, Europe had been in a debate about drug pricing, but it only involved the upper […]

Free Speech In France Is Under Attack By Islamism

Another terrorist attack there calls to mind Charlie Hebdo and the extent to which Muslim youths feel alienated from French society. The gruesome murder of a French history teacher earlier this month, five years after the deadly terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has all of France talking about the value […]

Gene-editing innovations can save us (if we let them)

2020 marked a first in the history of the Nobel Prize. For the first since its creation, a science Nobel Prize has been awarded to two women. Jenifer Doudna from the University of California, and Emmanuelle Charpentier from the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, […]

The Farm to Fork is too much of a political utopia

The EU’s new blueprint for sustainable food systems risks hurting both consumers and farmers. By 2030, the European Union is aiming to achieve a wide range of goals, according to the European Commission’s “Farm to Fork” strategy. From a political point of view, the document is the confirmation of a trend: green ideas are gaining […]

The EU’s new migration pact is already doomed to fail

With the presentation of the “New Pact on Migration and Asylum,” the European Commission is trying to answer one question: what happens if Europe experiences another refugee crisis like the one in 2015 (which is ongoing)? Let’s first provide a brief recap of what readers need to know about the status and situation of refugees […]