We live in an era of increasingly diverse means of drawing on the Internet, sensing technologies, and social media. As a result, more data is available than ever before – and what to do with these resources is a question of mounting complexity.
By Fabrizio Gualdesi posted on March 24, 2014 in ,
Fabrizio Gualdesi outlines the economic and practical advantages and challenges to a common European Drone program.
It goes without saying that drones are not the latest toys for grown ups but the next big business of the Defence Industry. In 2012 the world market grew up to 7 billion dollars. Within seven years it is estimated to grow up to 130 billion dollars. Today, about 70 countries own them – at least 16 European - and their cost is relatively low (5 million dollars) compared to a Jet Fighter (more than 60).
EU member states must urgently coordinate European defence policy
By Barend Tensen posted on March 24, 2014 in ,
Barend Tensen argues EU member states must urgently coordinate European defence policy, to meet both moral and self-defence responsibilities
Democracy support and support for the rule of law are moral obligations for the EU. Those who live in freedom still have an obligation to support those who do not. The participation of the EU in international crisis prevention and the support for democracy worldwide, as well as the fight against terrorism, should be characterised as trans-boundary problems. This calls for a cooperative European approach.