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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 21/05/2010

French wants to boost its influence over Desertec

France wants to participate in the European energy project Desertec with a consortium in a bid to secure a strong voice in the project initiated by German companies. To avoid the sort of distribution battles seen in the aerospace corporation EADS, the move by Paris is not being interpreted as an attack but as a possibility for cooperation, writes the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "There is no other tactical possibility, even if the French are acting mainly out of the fear of being left behind by the Germans. Because Desertec must not give the impression that one country is being favoured over another. In addition, rather than involving the technologically most advanced (Northern European) companies, the initiative is approaching firms from Southern Eurpope and supplier countries with significant political influence on location. In this way possible rivals become teammates."

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 17/02/2010

Europe has lost its bet

The crises in Greece and other Southern European countries are menacing the stability of the euro. The daily Berliner Zeitung writes that this is because the euro-countries took a gamble and lost: "Ireland and the countries of Southern Europe are the victims of the enormous imbalances that have built up in the past ten years. With Germany in the lead, the northern core countries used wage restraints to boost their competitiveness, resulting in a highly favourable balance of trade. Southern Europe by contrast saw a credit-financed consumer boom. Germany exported more and more goods to these countries. At the same time it pumped part of the capital right back into Southern Europe, further pushing up prices. ... But now the bubble has burst and capital flows are drying up as a result of the crisis. ... What it comes down to is that in 1998 the euro countries made risky bets that Europe's unification - including social and fiscal policy - would progress rapidly. ... But they lost their wager. The euro will flounder in this crisis or the next if integration isn't achieved in a hurry."

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 22/01/2007

Tim O'Reilly on downloadable chairs

Jakob Schlandt talks with the inventor of the term "Web 2.0," Tim O'Reilly, about the future of the Internet. "We have not yet fully grasped the fact that we can practically simulate total reality in the Internet. The demarcation between virtual and real will disappear. What is designed in the virtual world is produced in the real world. And what exists in the real world is copied in the virtual world. Imagine that three-dimensional printers become common. These printers already can produce simple plastic objects based on a digital model. Product designers already are using them. As soon as these printers become available more commonly, not only will information be exchanged online, but also palpable objects. You will go to Napster, but not to download music - rather, to get a new chair."

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