Paul van Gerven

Sure, a fab is nice, but Europe should have bigger priorities

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Germany sponsoring that Intel fab isn’t such a bad idea, except for the fact that it comes at the expense of bigger priorities.

At parties, I often get asked how I feel about the Intel fab that Germany is subsidizing. Okay, you caught me: I’m lying. A disappointing number of people actually care about Europe’s ambitions to reduce its dependence on the US and Asia for semiconductors. That’s a shame because I think it’s an absolutely fascinating topic of conversation.

I must admit, though, after thinking and writing about the subject for, well, years if I include Neelie Kroes’ efforts almost a decade ago, my answer would still be a hopelessly nuanced and boring “on the one hand … but then again” kind of argument. I just can’t seem to make up my mind. Just in case we happen to bump into each other at a party or somewhere else, I’d like to share my deliberations here, so we have a head start on our conversation.

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