GDPR: Europe’s Warning to America

In 2016, the European Union ratified the General Data Protection Regulation, more commonly known as GDPR, to update the block’s data protection rules that dated to 1995. As the New York Times noted one day before the rules took effect, GDPR created “the world’s toughest rules to protect people’s online data.” Given the growing concern about data privacy, advocates […]

Study Reveals How Price Controls Harmed Biopharma Industry in Europe

Europe has long taken a stricter regulatory approach to the Pharmaceutical industry than the U.S. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of price controls. Europe has been zealous in its application of price-caps on prescription medicines in an effort to hold down drug prices. Unfortunately, these policies frequently lead to sharp declines […]

Town Hall: U.S. Should Not Follow Europe’s Antitrust Approach

Given the shared desire in Washington and Brussels to rein in big tech, it seems almost inevitable that both governments will weaponize antitrust further to rein in big tech and score political points at home. Yet, while Europe is much further along in this process, particularly with the likely passage of the Digital Markets Act, […]

Real Clear Policy: Washington Shouldn’t Follow Europe’s Crackdown on Big Tech

When it comes to antitrust reforms, it should be abundantly clear that following Europe’s punitive, heavy-handed approach to antitrust will leave consumers with limited access to cheaper products, limited consumer access for small businesses, and a stagnant economy. For these reasons alone, lawmakers in Washington should not be looking to Brussels for guidance on future […]

EU Protectionism on the Rise

For two decades, Google has focused tightly on improving its prowess in Internet search.  It is very good at search, and while it dominates search (worldwide about 88%) it is not the only player.  Microsoft’s Bing (4.5%) also produces excellent results, along with other rivals Yahoo (4.3%) and Baidu (0.6%).  When consumers choose among these […]

Is the US Leading or Lagging in Broadband?

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on whether the United States is behind Europe in terms of high-speed Internet deployment and service adoption.  The story was once that the US was lagging behind and that network regulations, like the ones being put into place in Europe, were the answer.  With the passage of […]

The European Union of Economic Strife

The European Union (EU) is a large trading partner for the US and so the EU’s economic health matters to American consumers and workers.  We exchange goods and services from comparably skilled labor forces and from well-capitalized industries with comparable technology.  Our trade with the EU is not about offshoring jobs to subsistence-wage workers. While the […]

Burdens Felt From Offshore

Burdens Felt From Offshore The European Union (EU) stands in contrast to our recently buoyant US economy.  The US shows a healthy 236,000 jobs created, unemployment down to 7.7%, a 10-year T-bill near 2%, retail sales up by 1.1%, and we expect growth in the 1.5% range despite fiscal cliff injuries.  There are worries, but […]