Interview


    • Florian Dorn: Is increasing public spending the best way to make the economy more resilient

      Florian Dorn: Is increasing public spending the best way to make the economy more resilient

      The direct impact of the NGEU programme on economic stabilisation in the current crisis is rather limited. A large part of the spending will probably not start flowing until mid-2021 at the earliest and will thus hardly serve as a cyclical stabiliser to cushion the economic decline during the Corona crisis, says Florian Dorn, Economist at ifo Institute, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Athena Bourka: Artificial Intelligence brings more challenges for cybersecurity

      Athena Bourka: Artificial Intelligence brings more challenges for cybersecurity

      Healthcare is a domain where the processing of personal data is not only inevitable but also crucial. Pseudonymisation techniques are, thus, critical in several processes, as we at ENISA have also seen recently in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the discussion on the associated tracing apps, says Athena Bourka, a Network and Information Security Expert at ENISA, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • H.E. Giuseppina Zarra: Europe reacts well and promptly to the bad consequences of the pandemic

      H.E. Giuseppina Zarra: Europe reacts well and promptly to the bad consequences of the pandemic

      After the crisis due to the pandemic, we have to work in order to get back to the situation before; in the meantime, by understanding the changes in the economy and international relations, we should invest our energies in reshaping the commercial and investment relations by adapting to the new scenario and opening up to innovative solutions, H.E. Giuseppina Zarra, the new Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria, says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Assoc Prof Naum Kaychev: Skopje's EU path goes through compliance of the agreement with Bulgaria

      Assoc Prof Naum Kaychev: Skopje's EU path goes through compliance of the agreement with Bulgaria

      The visit of Vlado Buckovski to Bulgaria was an attempt by the authorities in Skopje to show will for continuation of the dialogue. The provocation in the village of Vevcani was carried out by circles close to the pro-Serbian opposition VMRO-DPMNE political party. In 2012, at the same carnival in Vevcani, Greece was symbolically buried in a coffin and the Greek flag was burned, said the deputy co-chair of the Joint Bulgaria-North Macedonia Multidisciplinary Expert Commission on Historical and Educational Issues in a special interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Prof Ingrid Shikova: EU deal with UK is not finished

      Prof Ingrid Shikova: EU deal with UK is not finished

      The UK's selective approach and its willingness to take advantage mainly of the large European market - what the term cherry-picking implies in English - could have set a bad precedent, undermining the logic of the European integration process. It was extremely important to apply the principle of achieving the right balance between rights and obligations. I think the last thing both sides wanted was to trade under the rules of the World Trade Organisation, says Ingrid Shikova, professor in EU policies, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

      Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

      Unless we discover and implement very quickly a revolutionary energy technology - like nuclear fusion, much cheaper batteries or much cheaper “green” hydrogen - there will be no chance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Moreover, CO2 emissions will not even decrease significantly by then. However, it could be expected that most of the money will flow towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, battery production, electrification and hydrogen initiatives as these are seen as “sustainable” investments. Some businesses will benefit a lot but the overall economic impact is questionable. But I tend to be an optimist and I do not believe we will commit a suicide, says Boyan Rashev, environmental management expert and a Managing Partner at Denkstatt.

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    • Simeon Notskov, first Bulgarian judge in the US: I decide from 15 to 20 cases a day

      Simeon Notskov, first Bulgarian judge in the US: I decide from 15 to 20 cases a day

      When I was in the second grade, I grazed my grandfather's goats in the town of Melnik, and now I dream of being a Federal judge. My grandmother kept telling me, "You have grown very old, you have to get married," and I was only 35 years. I was threatened more when I was a prosecutor, one man was even waiting for me with a bat, but I told him "First I will break the bat in your head, and then I will put you in jail," judge Notskov tells Telegraph newspaper in an interview.

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    • Stefan De Keersmaecker: Building trust in vaccines is fundamental

      Stefan De Keersmaecker: Building trust in vaccines is fundamental

      A strong European Health Union will protect our health, but also our ways of living, our economies and societies. Where our health is in danger, our economies are in danger. The close relation between saving lives and saving livelihoods has never been so clear, Stefan De Keersmaecker, European Commission Spokesperson, says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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