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Poland and Central Europe: black sheep or unicorn?

Tom White, Director, Global Counsel was joined by Stanisław Pietrzak, CEC Group’s Director, Intelligence; and Anikó Zsebik, Senior Associate for Central and Eastern Europe, Global Counsel. They looked at the root causes of the current challenges, the domestic debate in CEE countries and discussed possible scenarios for the short and medium-term.

During the discussion they focused on the following areas:

- How realistic are fears for ‘Polexit’? What factors define Poland’s EU membership? Where is the room for possible compromises as both sides understand their mutual dependence and interconnection?

- What are the prospects for blocking the EU recovery funds for Poland and Hungary through triggering the “rule of law” conditionality? How could this impact future economic growth and business attractiveness? Where could Warsaw and Budapest source alternative funds to finance their recovery plans and at what cost?

- What are the main risks and opportunities for international investors in Central Europe? Is the political and economic nationalism of populist governments necessarily damaging for foreign businesses? Are there sectors that remain immune to political headwinds and still present a competitive advantage?

- How strong and pro-European are the anti-establishment movements in the region? Will the new Czech government signal major policy changes? Will opposition in Hungary and Poland be able to consolidate sufficiently to win over the populist incumbents in the elections of 2022 and 2023?

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Outcomes of the 16-17 December European Council

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Digital panel discussion with GC's team of experts in Brussels to discuss the outcomes of the European Council Summit, likely to include covid-19 coordination and response to the resurge of cases, energy prices, climate change, post-pandemic recovery, security and external relations.

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At Europe’s doorstep: the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans

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Digital panel discussion with Charlotte Ruhe, Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS); and Tom White, Director, Global Counsel, to discuss general political and regulatory trends in these regions, whether they are moving closer to Europe or not, and the potential business opportunities and risks for investors or corporates.

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