In its second ICANN paper, the EC has taken the worst possible position on both aspects of new TLD policy. Its paper is radically inimical to freedom of expression, and would erect huge, unnecessary economic barriers to entry. It is also destructive institutionally: it proposes to subordinate Internet community self-governance to hierarchical control by nation-states, and would replace ICANN’s new gTLD policy with something concocted in secret by a handful of unelected bureaucrats.
and more is on IGP Blog: The second EC ICANN Paper: How low can they go?. Does anybody know what’s going on here?