Key takeaways from the CSV’s election performance

Lots of concerned faces at the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) election party … Sunday night and the year 2013 definitely had something in common. Back in 2013, the CSV’s electoral campaign tried to capitalise on the successes of Jean-Claude Juncker, now former prime minister and soon to be former European Commission president.

Ten years after the Great Recession, Luxembourg moves to the left

Cheers and dances filled Sunday’s election night after politicians and activists frantically calculated the numerical options for future coalitions. Much is at stake. Those continuing to rule, or those getting into power, will be the ones to appoint high-level bureaucrats, allow more candidates to enter parliament (since Luxembourgish ministers do not keep their seats in […]

Quoted by RecyclingPortal

I was quoted by RecyclingPortal on the European Union’s new plastics directive. You can read the full quote down below, and on their website.

Can the government speed up innovation?

The European Union is demanding that vehicles see considerable reductions in CO2 emissions by setting ambitious targets in the years to come. However, politicians fail to understand that it’s economic incentives that drive innovation, not fines and subsidies.

Questions to ask your MEP candidates

In May of 2019, voters of European Union member states will elect a new European Parliament (EP), which will become the basis for the establishment of a new European Commission. Thousands of hopeful candidates are standing for election in the individual states, and voters  should ask some essential questions before entering the voting booth.

Luxembourg’s government caves on the digital tax

So, Macron won. That should be the essential takeaway from the Luxembourgish government’s U-turn on digital taxation. Last month, finance minister Pierre Gramegna announced that the government would not hold back the introduction of a French-proposed tax on “digital presence”, provided it contains a sunset clause making it temporary – until a solution can be […]

EU-movie quotas are cultural protectionism

The European Parliament calls for a 30 per cent mandatory quota of European productions for audiovisual content providers, surpassing the Commission’s suggested 20 per cent. We have to call this proposal what it is: cultural protectionism.

Flights are cheap, and that’s a good thing

In a recent editorial for the Luxembourgish newspaper Tageblatt, Francis Wagner writes that air travel is too cheap, or, as he put it, “dirt cheap”. While Wagner does recognise that lower fares have democratised travel, he also believes that current rates are damaging consumers.