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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Daily news – February 1, 2022 p.m.

Afghanistan  A House Divided: The SCO’s Afghanistan Conundrum (Ayjaz Wani, Observer Research Foundation): Separatism, extremism, and terrorism originating in Afghanistan compelled the neighbouring countries to form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2001. However, instead of presenting a united front, the SCO is rife with disagreements. Increased divergences and mistrust among the members have helped […]

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The triple constraint on artificial-intelligence advancement in Europe (Mia Hoffmann, Laura Nurski, Bruegel)

Shortcomings in Europe in human capital, data and the financing available all hold up adoption by European firms of artificial intelligence. These same barriers also constrain European AI research and development. The triple constraint on artificial-intelligence advancement in Europe | Bruegel

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EU borrowing—time to think of the generation after next (Rebecca Christie, Grégory Claeys and Pauline Weil, Social Europe)

The issuance of European Union bonds to finance NextGenerationEU (NGEU)—the common recovery programme agreed by member states during the summer of 2020—has begun. This represents a small revolution in the supranational bond market. EU borrowing—time to think of the generation after next – Rebecca Christie, Grégory Claeys and Pauline Weil (socialeurope.eu)

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An inclusive European Union must boost gig workers’ rights (Mario Mariniello, Bruegel)

Approximately 24 million people in the European Union are estimated to have provided platform services (as of 2018; the market has high growth prospects). Most of them provide low-skilled, on-location services. They tend to be young and many have an immigrant background. Platform workers are in a regulatory vacuum: platforms may exert a level of […]

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The Global Gateway: a real step towards a stronger Europe in the world? (Simone Tagliapietra, Bruegel)

On 1 December 2021, the European Union unveiled the Global Gateway, its plan to support infrastructure development around the world. This would mobilise €300 billion between 2021-2027 for connectivity projects, notably in the digital, climate and energy, transport, health, education and research sectors. The Global Gateway: a real step towards a stronger Europe in the world? […]

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Instruments of a strategic foreign economic policy (Katrin Kamin, Kerstin Bernoth, Jacqueline Dombrowski, Gabriel Fel belmayr, Marcel Fratzscher, Mia Hoffmann, Sebastian Horn, Karsten Neuhoff, Niclas Poitiers, Malte Rieth, Alexander Sandkamp, Pauline Weil, Guntram B. Wolff, Georg Zachmann, Bruegel)

The separation of security and economic objectives in foreign policy, which was often sought in international political issues in the past, has outlived its usefulness. The transition to a more power-based order can be felt around the world. International economic instruments and agreements are increasingly used to achieve various foreign policy goals. These are simultaneously […]

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Towards efficient information sharing in network markets (Bertin Martens, Geoffrey Parker, Georgios Petropoulos, Maeshall Van Alstyne, Bruegel)

Digital platforms facilitate interactions between consumers and merchants that allow collection of profiling information, which drives innovation and welfare. Private incentives, however, lead to information asymmetries resulting in market failures both on-platform, among merchants, and off-platform, among competing platforms. This paper develops two product-differentiation models to study private and social incentives to share information within […]

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Next Generation EU borrowing: a first assessment (Rebecca Christie, Grégory Claeys, Pauline Weil, Bruegel)

The Next Generation EU (NGEU) programme is radically changing the way the European Union interacts with financial markets because of its ambitious and ground breaking new public debt programme. The European Commission has adopted a new, diversified borrowing strategy, similar to that of other major issuers, to raise money safely, reliably and in a cost-effective […]

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Concentration of artificial intelligence and other frontier IT skills (Wang Jin, Georgios Petropoulos and Sebastian Steffen, Bruegel)

Online job postings indicate that demand from top tech firms for frontier IT skills is about double their demand for other IT skills. This could indicate increasing concentration of skills in a few firms, with other firms left behind. Concentration of artificial intelligence and other frontier IT skills | Bruegel

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Germany’s post-pandemic current account surplus (Lionel Guetta-Jeanrenaud and Guntram B. Wolff, Bruegel)

The pandemic has increased the net lending position of the German corporate sector. By incentivising private investment, policymakers could trigger a virtuous cycle of increasing wages, decreasing corporate net lending, which would eventually lead to a reduction of the economy-wide current account surplus. Germany’s post-pandemic current account surplus | Bruegel