Publications in: Digital Europe

EP 2014-19 Key Votes: Copyright

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This policy brief analyses different cleavages within most European political groups and between the MEPs from different countries revealed by the vote. By contrasting the voting patterns of French and German MEPs, the brief explores possible reasons for these cleavages. more

Users, Data, Networks. Taxing the Digital Economy.

The fair taxation of digital companies has been high on the European policy agenda since last year. One of the central problems of the issue is that the current rules on the taxation of companies in the EU are not taking due account of digital value creation. In this paper, Pola Schneemelcher and Paul-Jasper Dittrich analyse this problem and make a proposal on the taxation of digital value creation in the Single Market. more

Aachen Treaty: a second look

On 22 January, exactly 56 years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron signed the Treaty of Aachen. It is heavy on symbols and lighter on concrete ways forward. This policy position picks three key issues (security policy, Artificial Intelligence and the link to parliaments) and shows what pragmatic and concrete next steps could look like. more

Franco-German Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence

In 2018 France and Germany published national strategies on the development and governance of artificial intelligence (AI). While the two countries have committed to working together more closely on AI, concrete policy proposals for cooperation are largely missing from their strategic documents. In this Policy Brief, Paul-Jasper Dittrich reviews both strategies to find policy areas where cooperation between France and Germany would be mutually beneficial and serve the AI strategic goals of both. more

EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation

Computational propaganda and online election interference pose a threat to the conduct of free and fair elections and to the legitimacy of the democratic process itself. Since the last EP elections in 2014 a string of votes worldwide were marked by disinformation campaigns, manipulation of social media algorithms and other attempts of online interference. Against this background it is of little surprise that the European Commission and national governments are increasingly worried about the safety, integrity and legitimacy of the EP elections of May. more