Alice Iordache

Research Associate and Senior Community Manager

StartupDelta,”To Be, or Not to Be”

Inspired by the launch of The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard by the European Digital Forum, Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Startups in the Netherlands and Sigrid Johannisse, director of StartupDelta, publish a blogpost on whether rankings matter in policymaking. And the answer is “yes”. They write: “Last year the European Digital Forum decided to benchmark all the proposed policy actions mentioned in the Manifesto. A whole movement was born and at this moment the European Digital Forum is working on a second European manifesto.”


SiliconRepublic, “Ireland Ranks 4th on EU Start-Up Scoreboard”

Silicon Republic reports on the findings of The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard. It writes: “Ireland has been ranked fourth in the EU by the European Digital Forum (EDF) as part of its 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard looking at how established a nation’s start-up ecosystem is.”


L’Opinion,”Emmanuel Macron, le chouchou de Bruxelles”

Paul Hofheinz, president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council comments on Emmanuel Macron, French minister of economy, industry and digital affairs, in an article at L’Opinion.


NRC Handelsblad, “Te Veel Banken, te Weinig Geld”

Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council, comments on the state of European banks, in a report by NRC Handelsblad, the Dutch newspaper.


BloombergBusinessWeek, “New IMF Term for Lagarde No Longer Fait Accompli”

Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council and former acting head of the European department at the IMF, is quoted at Bloomberg Business Week. “Are the Europeans likely to try to dissuade her and seek another candidate?. I doubt it very much: It would almost certainly mean losing Europe’s hold on the post, ” says Mr Leipold.


Kathimerini, “Progress of Previous Years Reversed in Just a Few Months”

Kathimerini, a leading Greek newspaper, writes:”Political developments between the end of 2014 and July 2015 brought reforms in Greece to a violent halt while the benefits to the economy after several years of fiscal adjustment all but vanished, according to The 2015 Euro Plus Monitor, a report drafted by the Berenberg investment bank, based in Hamburg, and Brussels-based think tank The Lisbon Council”.


Slovenian Press Agency, “Slovenia 11th Healthiest Economy in Europe”

The Slovenian Press Agency reports on the findings of The 2015 Euro Plus Monitor: More Progress, New Risks, published by the Lisbon Council and Berenberg each year. It writes: “Slovenia ranked 11th healthiest economy in the eurozone plus Poland, Sweden and the UK, according to Euro Plus Monitor, a competitiveness ranking published each year by the Brussels-base Lisbon Council think thank and German Berenberg bank. Last year it was ninth.”