December 7, 2016

European Superindex

It has been one year and a half since Professor Nicola Rossi and I started the Superindex at Istituto Bruno Leoni. The Superindex is an “ex-post performance indicator” of the impact of economic reforms, the main objective of which is to evaluate the path followed by selected European countries.
December 7, 2016

Google’s ‘Monopoly’. It’s the Market, Baby!

The long-standing saga of the European Union’s battle against Google recently saw the addition of a new chapter. A few days ago an open letter by Kent Walker – Google Senior Vice President and General Counsel – was published in order to defend Mountain View from the unfair competition charges leveled by Brussels.
December 1, 2016

The Cap and the Struggle for Development Policy Coherence

Since the 1992 MacSharry reform, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has undergone substantial changes. However, despite a noticeable move towards less market- and trade- distorting policies, the post-2013 CAP continues to harm farmers in developing countries by subsidising agricultural production in the EU.
November 17, 2016

How Could the World’s Biggest Exporter Oppose Freer Trade?

On September 17th, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of several German cities to protest against both the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the draft free trade deal between the EU and the United States, and its Canadian equivalent the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which is slated to become law pending European Parliament ratification.
November 10, 2016

Initiatives Against Posted Workers – Protectionism in Disguise

Posting of workers plays an essential role in the internal market of the European Union. Drawing on the fundamental values of the free movement of persons and the free movement of services, it allows workers from one EU member state to work and carry out services in another member state on a temporary basis.