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Europe’s post-2008 political fragmentation is being tested

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Alessandro Gangarossa
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The emergence of fragmented political landscapes has been an increasingly shared phenomena in European capitals in the past decade. The financial crisis was a profound shock for many European traditional centre-left and centre-right parties, which were dropped by the electorates both for their handling of the crisis and its aftermath. In their wake, smaller, often less…

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Is the UK about to go its own way on gene editing?

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Ana Mendes
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Earlier this month, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) launched a consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies, prompting speculation that gene editing (GE) in agriculture may, in the coming years, be permitted in the UK. As the UK settles into its newly acquired independence from EU regulation, there is an opportunity for it to…

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Budget reconciliation puts Biden agenda in play despite tight Congress

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Miranda Lutz
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The Democrats’ historic win in the Georgia Senate races on January 5th was largely overshadowed by the violent storming of the US Capitol the next day. While the implications of that attack will continue to reverberate throughout American politics, it is worth zeroing in on how Georgia Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock’s and Jon Ossoff’s wins impact President-elect…

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The strategic logic behind the EU’s investment deal with China

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Gregor Irwin
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In late December, the EU concluded a comprehensive agreement on investment (CAI) with China. The deal is controversial, not so much because of its economic content, but because of what it says about the EU’s priorities and because of its potential geopolitical implications. Are these concerns valid?

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Retail and Rules of Origin after Brexit

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Stephen Adams
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With UK-based distributors in retail and other sectors facing EU tariffs on products originating outside the EU, UK Politics and Policy Practice Lead Alex Dawson and Senior Director Stephen Adams examine how Rules of Origin requirements will affect eligibility for tariff-free access after Brexit and what this means for businesses.

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New US consumer debt collection regulations are a boon for larger players

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Erin Caddell
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Unnoticed by most amidst the tragedies and dramas of 2020, US regulators last month completed a years-long effort to update the rules surrounding the unglamorous but important function of collecting delinquent consumer debt. Effective November 2021, the new rules are a positive for larger US-based debt-collection firms, which buy or service non-performing loan portfolios…

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Brexit Deal - what we know so far - 24 December 2020

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Stephen Adams
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This conversation is based on publicly available information and previous draft texts at 5pm on Christmas Eve 2020.

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Global Counsel Holiday Reading List 2020

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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At the end of each year, the Global Counsel team has a tradition of sharing among ourselves a selection of our favourite articles (or podcasts) from the past year for Christmas consumption. We started sharing the list with our network in 2017, and the response has been positive enough for us to continue. 

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Ukraine’s tech plans - high hopes and ambivalent expectations

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Alexander van der Wusten
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Ukraine, known for its skilled IT workforce, has recently suffered from a brain drain of young IT talent. The government now hopes that the launch of its ambitious IT project in mid-2021 will stem the flow by both promoting Ukrainian tech start-ups and attracting foreign investment. In January, the Ministry of Digital Transformation expects a parliamentary debate on a…

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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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Is there any room left for progressives in Biden’s cabinet?

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Ben Bassett
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Although less than half of President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet has been announced, progressives are already becoming impatient. “Joe Biden’s Cabinet Is a Lost Cause for the Left” reads the headline of a recent article in the New Republic, a liberal-leaning magazine. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a prominent progressive, has criticised Biden’s choices as lacking a…

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Growth and sustainability of MedTech SMEs

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Tom Smith
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Promoting the growth and sustainability of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) has long been a UK government priority with a compelling policy story: alongside recognisable corporate giants in the life sciences and MedTech sectors, the UK will be wanting to continue to support the vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurialism with a wide range of SMEs contributing to the R…

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Biden picks Congressional staffer for top trade post

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Miranda Lutz
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President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly decided to nominate long-time Congressional staffer, Katherine Tai, to be the US Trade Representative (USTR), the lead trade negotiator for the administration. Tai has served as the Chief Trade Counsel for Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee, and previously worked at the USTR under both the Bush and Obama…

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What we can learn from the rush to repay the business rates relief

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Felix Cazalet
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Last week, the UK supermarket chain Tesco decided to repay £585m of business rates relief received in the covid-19 pandemic. Other major UK supermarkets and retailers rapidly followed. By Friday, they had vowed to return a total of £1.8 bn. Tesco’s chairman John Allan argued that “giving this money back to the public is absolutely the right thing to do” and was widely…

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The future of physical retail

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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As the national lockdown ends and the UK government promises a substantial return to normality by Easter, the big question for retail is what “normal” even looks like. On a recent event, Global Counsel convened a panel of experts including Emma Bridgewater, founder of her eponymous ceramics firm, Archie Norman, chairman of M&S, Laura Citron, CEO of London &…

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Prospects for UK recovery: vaccines versus the second wave

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Gregor Irwin
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Gregor Irwin, Chief Economist, examines the prospects for the UK recovery from covid-19 in the wake of the rollout of vaccines, looking at the immediate prospects for recovery, longer term issues, and implications for asset prices and financial markets.

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Brussels woos Biden

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Stephen Adams
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Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Tom White, Director, and Miranda Lutz, Senior Associate, discuss the tensions in the EU's published strategy for rapprochement with the incoming Biden administration, what it means for businesses and why there is more than a little sense of catharsis in Brussels' response to the new administration.

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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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