Publications in: Digital Europe

Follower Power for the European Parliament

In a little more than a year from now Europeans head to the polls to vote for a new EP. There is a danger that the voter turnout will fall once more. Thus the EP should become more active online. In this blog post Paul-Jasper Dittrich sketches out a possible “get-out-the-vote” online campaign of the EP for the upcoming elections that specifically targets young Europeans. more

How would a European disruptive innovation agency look like

A European Agency for disruptive innovation

To promote Europe’s competitiveness in the digital President Macron proposed to establish a “European agency for disruptive innovation” in the vein of the US agency DARPA. In this blog post we assess the functioning of DARPA and argue that Europe currently lacks a comparable innovation policy tool. A European innovation agency could be used as industrial policy tool as well as for public procurement of innovative technology. more

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