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Not if, but how: digital regulation in the UK

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Peter Mandelson
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Global Counsel brings together the leaders of the four UK regulators for a panel discussion about the future of digital regulation. The speakers include Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority; Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom; Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioners Office; Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive,…

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Reshaping the EU: Policy agenda for 2021-2024 with Augusto Santos Silva

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Peter Mandelson
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Was Portugal’s push for a social recovery a success?

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Reshaping the EU post-covid with Jean Pisani-Ferry, Bronwen Maddox and Peter Mandelson

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Peter Mandelson
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How different will the world look after covid? Are we heading back to business as usual, or are we looking forward to more bumps in the road?

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Reviewing Germany’s EU presidency with Olaf Scholz

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Peter Mandelson
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On a recent Global Counsel digital event, Lord Mandelson and German Vice Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, discussed the work of the German presidency, the EU’s strategic autonomy and German politics. 

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Strategic autonomy and openness: how the digital revolution is shaping up in Europe

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Peter Mandelson
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As the digital revolution enters a new phase, policymakers across the world must work out what it means for their old assumptions about how to run their economies and conduct their economic relations with others. This is particularly acute for mid-sized developed democracies, the biggest group of which lie in Europe. They cannot follow the Chinese model and they face an…

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Tipping point? The future of energy post covid-19

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Peter Mandelson
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In light of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, GC has held regular weekly calls focusing on how governments are responding to the situation and what upcoming developments could look like. Global Counsel recently hosted a discussion between our Chairman Peter Mandelson, Al Cook, Executive Vice President of Equinor, Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer of Snam and Global…

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Covid-19 and the global value chain model

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Peter Mandelson
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Simplification and diversification. Regionalisation and repatriation. These have emerged as key buzzwords in trade and industrial policy when it comes to supply chain organisation in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. As governments worldwide grapple with the challenges of securing sufficient supply of products necessary to fight covid-19 – including personal protective…

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The politics of M&A with Peter Mandelson and John Fingleton

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Peter Mandelson
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UK: After a breakfast roundtable event, GC Chairman, Peter Mandelson and Fingleton Associates founder and CEO, John Fingleton, discuss the politics of mergers and acquisitions in the UK, Europe and globally.

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Tea with Xi

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Peter Mandelson
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For a very powerful head of a huge and centrally controlled nation, President Xi Jinping of China has a remarkably relaxed air about him. He exudes composure, in public at least.

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Welfare 2.0' with Lord Mandelson and Dame Minouche Shafik

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Peter Mandelson
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UK: Global Counsel Chairman Peter Mandelson interviews a special guest - Director of the London School of Economics, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, Dame Minouche Shafik - on the topic of trust in institutions, economics and labour market.

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Navigating the Global Trading System Crisis

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Peter Mandelson
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WORLD: Global Counsel Chairman Peter Mandelson discusses how businesses and governments can navigate risks amid the current global trade crisis.

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Navigating the Global Trading System Crisis: What Businesses Need to Know

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Peter Mandelson
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In a new joint report, Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Peter Mandelson, Chair of Global Counsel, warn business leaders that in the current crisis in the international trading system, companies and investors will need to develop new tools to safely navigate and mitigate risks. They urge business leaders to become more effective in advocating…

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Breaking up is hard to do

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Peter Mandelson
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I call it the Neil Sedaka question. Whenever I am in California, the conversation soon turns to whether, for the FANGs, in Sedaka’s words, “breaking up is hard to do”? This issue has US tech entrepreneurs, corporates and investors in a state of high anxiety. This is no surprise. The legacy of Europe’s Microsoft investigation in the 2000s and the IBM remedies in the 1980s…

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Whither global Britain and China’s Belt and Road?

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Peter Mandelson
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I have been in China again, this time as president of the Great Britain-China Centre, flying the flag at the UK-China Leadership Forum. This is an annual event at which representatives of Britain’s political parties exchange views with China’s communist party. The delegation was led by Theresa May’s able number two, David Liddington, and I was the senior Labour man (hope…

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Xi’s next term, or is it his last?

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Peter Mandelson
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At the China Entrepreneurs Conference in Yabuli last week (see my previous blog for reflections), the theme was 40 years of reform and opening up of China’s economy. Earlier in the week, news seeped out that China’s two-term leadership rule was about to be scrapped, allowing Xi Jinping to stay in power beyond 2023. Commentary flooded the international media, but…

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Yabuli: where Chinese businesses move and shake

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Peter Mandelson
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Most Davos regulars will not know of the town of Yabuli, a remote town in northern China closer to Vladivostok than Beijing. But, having spent much of last week trekking to and from Yabuli, I have realised both towns have something in common. I was there to attend the annual China Entrepreneurs Forum (think the World Economic Forum but with no politicians or NGOs). Yabuli…

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How can Chinese investors and entrepreneurs navigate populism in the West?

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Peter Mandelson
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Inequalities are increasing amongst people in Europe and the US; this is having a profound impact on politics, creating resentments and instability; and this is impacting the way in which policymakers see China. It is putting trade and investment relations with China under closer scrutiny. This is creating a more complicated environment for Chinese businesses in Europe…

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Talking politics in the windy city

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Peter Mandelson
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During a trip to Chicago earlier this month, I reflected on the differences between my time in office and the present. Despite economic gains from globalisation, failures in politics and in policy have led to a crisis of confidence in global cooperation. This has made the identity-based, pessimistic politics promoted by populists more attractive. But it also poses a…

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