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The European Commission is dedicating 1.5 billion euros to accelerate the EU’s digitalisation, but one single US university, MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (above), invests 1 billion. While EU universities can’t do it alone, they can still make an enormous difference. DrKenneth/Wikimedia

Europe’s digitalisation delay: help via (higher) education

Compared to China and the United States, Europe has lagged behind in AI, big data and digitalisation in general. Status quo and how (higher) education potentially could help to reduce this gap.
St Peter’s Square, 2014. The Pope benefits from a wide popularity especially in Europe, but does it really influence people’ decisions on political issues? Alfredo Borba/Wikimedia

Is Pope Francis really an ‘influencer’ on nuclear matters?

Pope Francis has been a staunch voice for a world free of nuclear weapons. But should he be involved in defence politics at all? And how does the Pope's message resonate among the European public?
Pro-Europeans protest against the rulling coalition Social Democrat Party (PSD) next to the Romanian Atheneum during the ceremony of taking over the Presidency of EU Council in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Should we trust Romania at the head of the European Union council?

With Romania at the helm of the EU, many fear that there's a bumpy ride ahead. But there's no need to worry (too much).
The final deliveries of the A380 are anticipated for 2021. Mike Fuchslocher/Shutterstock

Airbus A380: from high-tech marvel to commercial flop

The shifting market for air travel has forced Airbus to abandon the production of one of the most impressive aircraft of all time, the super-jumbo A380. Was it folly, bad luck or both?
Migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the Libyan town of Gohneima, east of the capital Tripoli, in July 2018. Libyan Coast Guard via AP, File

Europe’s refugee crisis explains why border walls don’t stop migration

After 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa came to Europe in 2015, many countries built fences or closed their ports. That has pushed migrants to take riskier routes into the EU.
Optical fibres carry data from the web, these cables were previously neutral containers – but not anymore. Groman123/Flickr

The end of web neutrality, the end of the Internet?

Until last December, Internet service providers were required to respect the principle of web neutrality. This is no longer the case in the United States. What are the consequences?
Theresa May likely wants to escape this room. Reuters TV

Brexit: An ‘escape room’ with no escape

The UK's agonizing efforts to find a path out of the European Union is beginning to look a lot like a game or riddle with no solution – and certainly no winners.

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