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On the ground in Glasgow: everything you need to know from COP26

Sustainability

Charley Roberts
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The UK’s presidency of the climate change conference COP26 was seized as an opportunity to define themselves as a leader in this space on the global stage. The key goals set out by Alok Sharma, COP26 President, was “cars, coal, cash, and trees”, with other important areas requiring resolution being the finalisation of the emissions trading chapter of the Paris Agreement.

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From Virginia to DC: how the US state election results will affect the mid-terms

General Policy

Ben Bassett
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Chris Rinkus, Practice Lead, US Political due diligence; Miranda Lutz, Senior Associate; and Ben Bassett, Associate, discuss how the elections on November 2nd will affect the Biden administration’s agenda.

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General Politics

Republican wins in state elections move US policy to the right, imperil reconciliation bill

General Politics

Ben Bassett
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The November 2nd US election results represented a wake-up call to President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders, and will push near-term policy in Congress toward the moderate end of the spectrum. Tuesday’s gubernatorial races were the most impactful. In Virginia, Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a two-point margin in a state in…

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General Politics

The privatisation playbook – looking at Uzbekistan and Ukraine

General Politics

Alexander van der Wusten
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The practically uncontested victory in Uzbekistan of incumbent president Shavkat Mirziyoyev on October 24 with 90% of the vote means the country is likely to further open its economy to foreign investors, a course steadfastly pursued since he came to power in 2016. This includes an ambitious privatisation programme, which was announced in 2020, soon stalled because of…

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Top in Tech: Frances Haugen, Facebook’s metaverse and the TTC

TMT

Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a new monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team will lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Beyond the great vaccine divide: how African leaders are tackling vaccine hesitancy to capitalise on new supplies

General Policy

Ed King
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The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook highlights how the “great vaccine divide” continues to impede Africa’s recovery. Undelivered donation pledges, the launch of boosters, India’s export ban and an overreliance on the global vaccination initiative COVAX culminated in half of the continent vaccinating less than 2% of their population. This is well below the World Health…

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Haugen comes to Europe – will she change the course of tech regulation?

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Conan D'Arcy
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In 2013, the revelations of Edward Snowden catapulted online privacy and surveillance to the top of the political agenda. The Cambridge Analytica scandal five years later had a seismic impact on online political campaigning. The testimony of Frances Haugen, the “Facebook whistle-blower”, is now being seen as a similar inflexion point for online content moderation and…

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Are musicians getting a raw deal from music streaming?

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Conan D'Arcy
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With artists pushing for reform to the music streaming economy, and rates of pay for streaming the lowest they have ever been, it’s been only a matter of time before the industry caught the attention of UK policymakers.

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General Politics

Has the EU-Polish rule of law standoff reached a tipping point?

General Politics

Anikó Zsebik
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For several years tensions around the conduct of the PiS government have buffeted bilateral relations between Warsaw and Brussels and other members of the European Council without quite reaching breaking point. In part this is because both sides have tiptoed around pushing it there. However, in the wake of the Polish Constitutional Court’s (PCC) ruling on the supremacy of…

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Unpacking the latest NIP proposals

Trade & Manufacturing

Stephen Adams
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The European Commission has released its proposals on how to ease the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. They contain far-reaching proposals in some areas, such as facilitative measures for goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. They are light on details in others. Critically, they are silent on certain issues raised by the UK government, such…

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Could rising energy prices leave the industry out in the cold?

Energy & Commodities

Frederick Michell
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Energy prices have been rising across the world over the past weeks. Energy prices fluctuations have already occurred in the past, but this time the world is emerging from a global pandemic and high gas and power prices could hamper recovery. End consumers impoverished by covid-19 are now faced with higher bills, and businesses are either pushed out of the market or…

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Will capacity constraints scupper the UK Government’s vision for post Brexit medical devices regulation?

Health and Life Sciences

Mark Loughridge
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In September, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued its long-anticipated consultation on the UK’s post Brexit medical devices regime. For all the early talk of substantial divergence from existing EU rules, the UK Government is in fact proposing greater regulatory alignment and a focus on pathways so far not offered by other major…

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General Politics

Feeding the nation: shaping the first national food strategy in a generation

General Politics

Johnny Luk
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In 1947, Clement Atlee was UK prime minister, the UK’s NHS was yet to be established and the Second World War still scarred the landscape, with rationing in force. That was the last time England’s food and drink policy underwent major reform, with that year’s Agriculture Act.

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Boris Johnson’s conference friends and business foes

General Politics

Alex Dawson
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Another October, another party conference season is over in the UK. With a speech to the Conservative faithful in the Manchester hall, the Prime Minister set out what the second half of his parliamentary term might look like. Crucially, while he gave details of what he wanted to do, questions about the cost of living, the NHS backlog and net-zero ahead of the October…

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Reviving the multilateral trading system

Trade & Manufacturing

Peter Mandelson
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Digital in-conversation with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, WTO; and Peter Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel, discussing potential solutions to the many challenges the World Trade Organisation and the multilateral trading system are facing.

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Morten Petersen MEP: Will Fit for 55 get the EU to net zero?

Energy & Commodities

Tom White
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The Fit for 55 package currently being negotiated sets out much of the legislative backbone that will drive Europe toward net zero. A key challenge that could break the green deal’s success is achieving effective integration of energy systems in transport, industry and power production across the 27-member bloc. Billions of investments are at stake and European operators…

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Does the EU need a revamped critical raw materials strategy?

Energy & Commodities

Giovanni Scomparin
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The ‘Fit for 55’ package released by the European Commission in July will mandate EU member states to boost renewable energy deployment, upgrade the EU clean vehicle charging infrastructure and phase out internal combustion engine vehicles. Reaching these targets will require a sizeable ― indeed unprecedented ― amount of critical raw materials (CRMs). This has already…

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General Politics

Could Olaf Scholz be the new Chancellor of Germany?

General Politics

Thomas Gratowski
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With the German parliamentary elections and Angela Merkel’s departure after sixteen years, the scene seems set for profound changes, with months of coalition haggling ahead. But with a change of players and, maybe, a change of parties, will much really change in German politics? And how will that affect policy at home and in the EU?

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