Publications in: Digital Europe

How to scale-up start-ups in the EU

Start-ups intending to expand in the European Single Market face high barriers. Apart from difficulties to find funding sources or cultural barriers, regulatory and administrative obstacles are the main impediments preventing scale-up. Paul-Jasper Dittrich analyses the most relevant regulatory barriers and discusses current policy proposals to improve the growth environment for start-ups in Europe. more

Digital populism: AfD lags behind its European counterparts

2017 is the year in which Germany saw elements of its first real digital election campaign. In Italy and France, this trend has mostly served populist parties, but does this hold true for Germany? Paul-Jasper Dittrich compares the online-efforts of the German "Alternative für Deutschland" with populists from other European countries. more

Digital Single Market: Balancing ambition and pragmatism

The Strategy for a Digital Single Market is one of the most important drivers of EU-integration in the Single Market within this decade. Numerous regulations and processes have to be adapted to the internet age. More than two years have lapsed since the inception of the program in May 2015 - ime for an interim conclusion: Does the strategy hold up to its promises? more

Venture Capital: How to harmonize national and EU measures?

The venture capital industry is an important catalyst for a thriving start-up ecosystem, but Europe’s VC market is still small and fragmented. In this paper Philipp Ständer assesses the policy toolbox of member states and EU institutions to promote VC investments and proposes two initiatives that would address the issue of market fragmentation. more

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