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Soft power put to the test

Just a few weeks ago, China’s president, Xi Jinping, called for a more “loveable” image for China during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference which was held at the beginning of June. Xi Jinping aims to revamp its country’s image, and “expand its circle of friends”. Chinese president told [...]

Foresight in the EU: are we building citizen trust?

May 2021 has arrived loaded with news in the European Union’s endeavour to respond to the great tectonic plates which are underway transforming the future of European citizens, its institutions, as well as its internal and external coherence in the world. These two novelties are the launch of the [...]

China’s Digital Silk Road in Latin America and the Caribbean

China, through its Digital Silk Road (or DSR) aims to helping middle-income and developing countries to bridge the digital gap. Its goals: strengthening Internet infrastructure in other countries, deepening space cooperation, joint technology standards development, and the improvement of efficiency for security and police systems from their partners. The [...]

The new Digital Compass at the EU: risks and opportunities

On 9th March 2021, the European Commission released its newly Digital Compass: the first detailed document by which EU’s Digital Decade ambitions are translated into measurable, concrete, coherent targets towards the 2030 scenario. While it has not yet received large attention by the media, it happens to be a [...]

6G, Europe and post-2030 scenario: internal coherence for strategic autonomy

Why has the European Commission just launched a new flagship initiative with an almost €12 million budget to research on the 6G technology –if up until now the 5G architecture has not been deployed into all Member States and its penetration is still low? The answer is that the [...]

Global risks and future scenarios: starting down the road

The annual World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report and the Davos Forum usually take place in January. While both are supposed to rely upon each other, the WEF report and the Davos Agenda do not always match. In either case, the 16th edition of the report stands out due [...]

Sustainability-driven digital transitions: tools for the long term

Digital transformation is undoubtedly altering all social and economic dimensions of life. However, there is an unexplored –and significant– issue: how to prepare for the sustainability paradigm shift driven by digital transformation, from several perspectives: environmental, economic, financial, industrial, educational, demographical, political, and social. Existing, emerging, and disruptive technologies [...]

Data governance: EU-China competition approaches

To talk about technologies is to talk about data. Discussions on global political positioning and economic competitiveness are intrinsically related to data. However, this departure point –the founding asset of other applications, is often overlooked. Data is a geopolitical and foreign policy dimension by itself. The European Union has [...]

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