Growth, jobs and more

In the summer of 2008, when the fuel prices were at their highest, I published an op-ed in the European Voice. I supported the idea that president Sarkozy had at the time, namely, to reduce the VAT and excise duties on petrol, to make it cheaper. The argument was that if the CO2 is indeed… » read more

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Fly me to the moon!

July 20 1969 is one of those dates that many of us remember. I was 7 then. We had a black and white TV with a cherry wood casing and yellowish buttons and dials. There was only one TV channel and most of the time it was airing not Slovenian but Yugoslav programs. However, TV… » read more

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Speaking of Global Governance and ideas on how new financial regulation will make future crises impossible, a quote from the movie “Other People’s Money” comes to mind: Kate Sullivan: Someday, we’ll smarten up, change some laws, and put you out of business. Lawrence Garfield: You can change all the laws you want. You can’t stop… » read more

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The world is in a transition from industrial and information economy into conceptual economy. Value is in meaning, not in function. The resource of this economy are talents. They are empowered by information and communication technologies. The game is how to make use of all this talent. Businesses do open innovation, governments should do open… » read more

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Optimism Gap in the EU too

On his blog, Daniel Pink is writing about the CNN poll that is finding, that people have a much more positive view on their personal situation than on the state of economy in general. And concludes: If enough people think everyone else is doomed, eventually they’ll doom themselves. How true. A Eurobarometer study reports the… » read more

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Since the young in the West take peace between Germany and France for granted, and the young in the East got used to democracy without a fear of communism, the European Union and its institutions seems to be running out heroic missions. To be relevant to the “citizen” the EU needs to provide useful services… » read more

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In a letter to Michelle and Barack Obama, NASA’s Jim Hanson makes some valid critique of the “cap and trade” approach to the reduction of CO2 emissions that we also embraced in Europe: Policies being discussed in national and international circle…

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Recently I have been appointed the secretary general of the Reflection group. Chaired by Felipe Gonzales (ex Spanish prime minister) and co-chaired by Vaira Vi?e-Freiberga (ex Latvian president) and Jorma Ollila (of Nokia fame) it was given the task t…

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I’m keep getting questions about the (success) of Slovenian presidency of the EU (PDF). So now, from a “historic” perspective of 5 months after, lets try to summarize:Context in which Slovenia took over the presidency:Three years after membership, one …

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