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Unblocking the Irish backstop

General Politics

The Irish border has become a major obstacle in the Brexit negotiations. With time running short, the probability of a no-deal Brexit – and the chaos this would imply – is increasing. So what are the potential solutions?

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A far less consensual European Parliament will take office in 2019

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This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here.

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Long term consensus on energy policy must survive short term challenges

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This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here.

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Redefining EU interests in international trade

Trade & Manufacturing

This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here. 

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Capital markets and investing in Europe’s future

Financial Services

This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here. 

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Has the final whistle of the World Cup changed the score for Russia?

General Politics

The torrential downpour which greeted President Putin as he walked onto the turf at the Luzhniki Stadium as the final whistle brought the 21st World Cup to an end was the only cloud over a tournament graced with many footballing silver linings. His counterpart at FIFA, President Infantino, had declared before the final that the championship was “changing the perception of…

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A single market for artificial intelligence

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This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here. 

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Bridging the Council divides: the future of the eurozone

General Politics

This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here. 

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Trump’s China tariffs: how long can the USTR shield US consumers?

Trade & Manufacturing

US President Trump upped the ante in his trade dispute with China earlier this week by mandating his US Trade Representative to release a list of up to $200bn in Chinese goods on which a new 10% tariff would apply by the end of the summer. Whether this can bring change in Chinese trade practices, or at least force Beijing back to the negotiating table, remains…

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Bridging the Council divides: east and west

General Politics

This is an excerpt from Global Counsel's latest publication Europe in the Global Economy, which can be downloaded in full here. 

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General Politics

Europe in the Global Economy

General Politics

A distinctive feature of President Juncker’s “political” European Commission was a single set of collective top-down priorities, rather than a stitching together of the agendas of individual commissioners. In 2014, this meant a focus on economic reforms to restore growth lost during the 2008 financial crisis: a digital single market, a…

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Investing in telecoms: missing the opportunity?

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Back in 2016, with the Digital Single Market agenda still in its infancy, the European Commission launched its ambitious reform of telecoms regulation. The so-called European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) was presented with great fanfare and with the explicit goal of plugging Europe’s €155 billion investment gap in digital infrastructure. The ultimate aim of the…

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The analytics of football’s possible return home

General Politics

The twenty-three men of the England World Cup squad in Russia have done more to restore respect for Britain abroad than any number of ministerial visits, soft power exchanges and cultural tours. The irony of this turnaround taking place in Russia, at a low-point in Anglo-Russia relations, something which the death of a British citizen yesterday linked to the nerve agent…

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UK Trade Remedy choices: from internal critic to unilateral disarmer?

Trade & Manufacturing

Over the next few months, the UK is likely to start setting out its detailed plans for the establishment of a UK trade remedies system after it has left the EU. Freed (at least in theory – watch the customs partnership debate) from the obligations of the EU system of which it has long been a critic, the UK will have an opportunity to adopt its own rulebook for the…

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“Cryptocurrencies” vs “crypto-assets”: the regulatory battle for a token taxonomy

Financial Services

The Bank of England’s governor, Mark Carney, said in a speech in March that it is better to refer to cryptocurrencies as “crypto-assets” - that is, to see them as securities, “expressly because they are not true currencies”. The US SEC, on the other hand, took a more nuanced approach two weeks ago when  it clarified that cryptocurrencies themselves are not securities…

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Tech and children’s mental health

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The ubiquity of social media platforms is raising increasing concern within the UK government, resulting in urgent calls for more scrutiny on technology companies - this time on child protection. In the past weeks, the chief executive of the National Health Service (NHS), Simon Stevens, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and culture secretary, Matt Hancock, have all…

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British business: political piggy bank?

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In October 2016, UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond was reportedly considering slashing the UK’s Corporation Tax rate to 10%, as part of creating a low-tax post-Brexit UK economy. Tonight, he will warn us that “everyone will need to pay more” to fund Britain’s future. In particular, figures from across the political spectrum are eyeing corporation tax increases as a way to…

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The recent Melrose-GKN deal demonstrates how post-offer undertakings became the new norm

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The bid by private equity firm Melrose for UK-based advanced manufacturer GKN attracted substantial interest from politicians from both of Britain’s largest political parties. Conservative MPs were concerned that Britain’s clout in the international defence market would be harmed by the piecemeal sale of important parts of GKN’s business. Labour MPs sought to avoid any…

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