Publications in: Digital Europe

Social networks and populism in the EU – a comparative study

Why are populists seemingly so successful in communicating their messages via social networks? In this paper Paul-Jasper Dittrich offers an interpretation of populism as a political communication strategy in Germany, Italy, France and Spain. The analysis shows that populists have managed to establish social networks as a communication and mobilization tool in all four countries. more

Agenda for digital growth: #DigitalAmitié

The EU Commission has designed an ambitious regulatory overhaul to adapt the rules of the game within the Single Market to the demands of digitalization. Yet, will it be enough to put the EU on par with the champions of the digital transformation in the US and parts of Asia? In this Policy Paper, Henrik Enderlein, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and David Rinaldi outline a proposal for an intergovernmental approach: a #DigitalAmitié between France and Germany. more

Lifting Europe’s virtual borders – conference report

Are the initiatives of the Commission to create a Digital Single Market ambitious enough? How can we enable a European innovation culture? On November 7, the Jacques Delors Institut discussed these and further questions with policy makers, entrepreneurs and academic researchers. Speakers included, among others, Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Obi Felten of X and Dr. Gundbert Scherf of the Federal German Ministry of Defense. more

EU strategy: Reskilling for the fourth Industrial Revolution

The current wave of digital transformation is rapidly changing industrial production processes. If the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the EU is to be a success, an important ingredient is bound to be the mass upgrading of the digital skills of European workers, which will enable them to keep up with the pace of technological progress. Paul-Jasper Dittrich proposes in this Policy Paper a European strategy for this challenge. more

Proposals for higher Factor Mobility in the Single Market

The EU needs higher productivity growth. Higher factor mobility, especially of labour, but also of capital or knowledge and technology, would benefit European citizens as it enhances the efficient allocation of resources and thus boosts productivity and welfare in the Single Market. In this paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich outlines proposals for a genuine European labour market and product market reforms in the digital sector. more