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Big telcos take the stage in Germany's new spectrum auction

Germany launched its first radio spectrum auction today (27 May) since 2010. The auction includes the sale of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband for the first time in Europe, where it has been used for television broadcast up...more »


Commission on collision course with member states on migration

The Commission put forward its first concrete proposals today (27 May) following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean last month. They include the relocation of 40,000 people from Italy and Greece to other EU countries,...more »


Well-designed self and co-regulation are essential for better regulation

There is still some way to go, but the Better Regulation Agenda, led by European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, is a great opportunity for Europe to lead the way in smart regulation, writes Oliver Gray.more »


A new International Energy Charter fit for the 21st century

The European Energy Charter was first signed in 1991, mainly to connect the resource rich fuel producing regions in Eastern Europe with much-needed Western European investment. But the world has changed a great deal since then,...more »


Brits will be able to vote 'Yes' to the EU

The UK referendum on EU membership will offer voters the option to say ‘Yes’ to staying in the EU. The exact wording of the question has yet to be finalized, but media reports on Wednesday suggested it will be a variation on...more »


Danish PM calls general election for 18 June

Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday (27 May) called a general election, to be held on 18 June. Recent polls suggest the election could become a true thriller. "When I became prime minister four years ago,...more »


EU ministers abandon 0.7% target to uncertain future

EU foreign ministers who met Tuesday (26 May) in Brussels, to prepare for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa next July, failed to agree on binding dates to reach the spending target of 0.7% of their GNI on...more »

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