RCC is pleased to announce this Leadership Skills Workshop at the Harvard Kennedy School, organized by the HKS Alumni/ae Association, featuring Prof. Manuel Guillén, Founder and Director of IECO will facilitate a reflective and experiential workshop exploring ‘the logic of trust’ and how leaders prompt and engender...
CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall
Joaquín Almunia, Chairman of the Center for European Studies (CEPS), Visiting Professor at the European Institute-London School of Economics, PSIA-Sciences Po and College of Europe-Natolin. Leader of the PSOE (1997-2000)
Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens (2010 - Present)
Sławomir Sierakowski, Founder and Leader, Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique); Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Warsaw
CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Goldman Room, Busch Hall
In his state of the Union speech in 2016, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced launching a White Paper on the Future of Europe, the Commission's contribution to the Summit of Rome of March 25, 2017. It presents five scenarios, planned as open and not exclusive: Carry-on, Nothing but the single market, Those who want more do more, Doing less more effectively, Doing much more together. The leaders of the four most relevant European countries: France, Germany, Italy and Spain, met in Versailles on March 6 and decided to deepen integration, including exclusively those members who have the political will to do so.... Read more about The European Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe: Leaders Must Decide
A few years ago, the European Union began an investigation into whether Google violated its antitrust laws. Later on it brought charges against the company as well as open a new investigation into Google’s Android operating system. At issue was whether the company uses its position as the dominant search engine company to muscle out competition from specialized search services, specifically comparison shopping sites, by prioritizing its own Google Shopping search results. This issue was often percive in the US as a direct atact to its companies.
Recently the United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which acording with the company threatens the security of our customers. They opposed this order, considering that it had implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for a public discussion that will help the US public opinion and scholars to undertand EU Law system and Comission competences. We want the customers and people to understand what is at stake in the relation between global companies.
Among others the European Union and EU Member States agenda in competition and tax law, particularly in relation with NASDAQ big companies. Also, Tax evasion since it has become a hot topic in Europe again as years of recession or anemic growth drain public coffers. Several multinationals operating in Europe, including Google Inc. and Apple Inc., declare the bulk of their European revenue in Ireland, taking advantage of legal loopholes there to shift profits to even lower-tax jurisdictions. Although there is a willingness of the EU leaders to change the laws, small steps have been taken, which shows how difficult it is to effectively fight tax evasion at a time when countries are also competing for foreign investment.
The European Commission concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. The Commission can order recovery of illegal state aid for a ten-year period preceding the Commission's first request for information in 2013. Ireland must now recover the unpaid taxes in Ireland from Apple for the years 2003 to 2014 of up to €13 billion, plus interest. In fact, the tax treatment in Ireland enabled Apple to avoid taxation on almost all profits generated by sales of Apple products in the entire EU Single Market. This is due to Apple's decision to record all sales in Ireland rather than in the countries where the products were sold. This structure is however outside the remit of EU state aid control. If other countries were to require Apple to pay more tax on profits of the two companies over the same period under their national taxation rules, this would reduce the amount to be recovered by Ireland.... Read more about Europe vs. Google/Google vs. Apple
RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA
This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on signal aspects of the history, culture, and art of al-Andalus in order to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discussion that reflects on the current state of the field and helps trace new directions for future study. Speakers will present novel perspectives on significant historical figures such as Abd al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II, Alfonso X, Ibn Hazm, and Al-Ghazali, as they engage with topics ranging from the political concept of restoration in the Caliphate of al-Andalus, the role of the intellectual in defining the exercise of power in the field of cultural production, to the operations of objects as agents in the context of the discourse of the gift from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.
The Castañé Collection, recently bequeathed to the Houghton Library, gathers together unique documents, photographs, and books that tell the story of the pivotal political and military events of the twentieth century. This lecture focuses on a selection of the unpublished treasures included in several albums containing photographs taken by soldiers in the long stretches of time when they were not involved in combat, which comprise more than 10,000 prints that provide a personal perspective on war, while sharing some common themes: landscapes, the civilian population, prisoners of war, soldier everyday life, military equipment, destruction, graves.... Read more about War and Photography in the Castañé Collection