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Negotiating a Brexit deal has proved hard enough, but the ratification process could be just as challenging

General Politics

Joe Armitage
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With British prime minister, Theresa May, stating that the Brexit talks are in their endgame, it is worth looking ahead at where the risks for the government will be most acute in the process required to ratify an agreement under the Article 50 framework.

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General Politics

Killing vegans?

General Politics

Elizabeth Beall
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That probably got your attention. It certainly got enough attention to ensure that the editor of Waitrose’s food magazine, William Sitwell, had to stand down after he joked that "killing vegans, one by one" was preferable to publishing a feature on plant based recipes. The story broke on World Vegan Day: talk about bad timing.

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UK waste policy: a mixed bag

Sustainability

Elizabeth Beall
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Plastics and what to do about them has shot to the front of the global policy agenda, dragging waste policy - an area most often relegated to the shadows - into the limelight. The issue matters for all voters - not just green leaning advocates - as it has implications for local taxes and reaches right into the household bin. There has been no new direction on waste policy…

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A look ahead: 2019 Indonesia presidential elections

General Politics

Brigitta Kinadi
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Election season has begun in Indonesia. Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously on April 17th, 2019, where approximately 187m Indonesians (out of approximately 265m) will be eligible to vote. The presidential election will be a repeat of the contest in 2014 between former general Prabowo Subianto and incumbent president, Joko Widodo, who is…

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General Politics

Tea with Xi

General Politics

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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Regulating crypto-assets with Oliver von Landsberg Sadie and Oliver Tonkin of BCB Group

Financial Services

Stephen Adams
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WORLD: Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams is joined by Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, Founder & CEO of BCB Group, Oliver Tonkin, Co-Founder and Adviser of BCB Group, to discuss the regulation of crypto-assets.

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General Politics

Welfare 2.0' with Lord Mandelson and Dame Minouche Shafik

General Politics

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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General Politics

Three potentially costly miscalculations

General Politics

Gregor Irwin
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The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to vote down the budget if it does not like what the UK government proposes for the Irish backstop in the Brexit negotiation. The response from Downing Street has been partly bluster – claiming that under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, voting down a budget won’t cause the government to fall – and partly to call…

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The IPCC in a worsening political climate

Energy & Commodities

Matthew Duhan
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On Monday, the International Panel on Climate Change released its most important report in recent years: the prosaically titled Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The good news is that the report’s authors conclude that limiting warming to 1.5°C is still technically possible. Otherwise, the news is mostly bad. The report outlines…

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No more clutching at straws - the policy journey to phasing out single use plastic in the UK

Sustainability

Mollie Brennan
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At the governing UK Conservative party’s conference this week, parliamentary undersecretary of state, Therese Coffey, promised a ‘radical’ Waste and Resources Strategy by the end of 2018. A series of government enquiries this year have underscored widespread support for more hard-nosed policies. The EU’s circular economy package recycling targets and China’s hardening…

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North American free trade - Trump edition

Trade & Manufacturing

Stephen Adams
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The Trump administration’s revamped NAFTA (or USMCA, as we are being invited to call it) landed this week after a year or so of fraught negotiations with Mexico and Canada. If we discount the amendments to KORUS (The United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement) prompted by the US’s steel and aluminium tariffs earlier this year, it is the Trump administration’s first major…

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General Politics

For Brussels, Macedonia by any name must be European

General Politics

Alexander Smotrov
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The long-anticipated constitutional referendum in Macedonia on Sunday has been watched carefully both in Brussels and in Moscow. The seemingly convoluted question in ballot papers – "Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between Macedonia and Greece?" – in fact provided an unequivocal direction for 1.8 million voters in the Balkan nation. The…

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Brexit: the customs challenge

Trade & Manufacturing

Stephen Adams
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The UK House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has published the report of its inquiry into post-Brexit customs arrangements: Brexit: the customs challenge. The report reviews a wide range of important customs and trade facilitation issues linked to the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Getting into bed with a FAANG

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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What connects Jean-Claude Juncker with Netflix? House of Cards? Perhaps, but no. Orange is the new black, certainly not. Mathias Döpfner. Maybe. Back in 2014, at the peak of the horse-trading during the Spitzenkandidaten process, legend has it that this article in Bild (owned by Axel Springer, whose CEO is Herr Döpfner) played a decisive role in encouraging Angela Merkel…

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The UK could be more ambitious on African fintech - but this is a good start

Financial Services

Desné Masie
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On her visit to sub-Saharan Africa a few weeks ago, UK prime minister, Theresa May, set out an ambition for the UK to become Africa’s biggest G7 investor by 2022. The announcement came alongside some £4 bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments announced during the visit. This was the first visit by a British prime minister to Sub-Saharan Africa in five years, and…

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General Politics

The US midterm elections

General Politics

Thomas Gratowski
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Senior Associate Thomas Gratowski discusses the possible outcomes of the US midterm elections.

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General Politics

The UK government's Brexit strategy

General Politics

Stephen Adams
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Global Counsel Senior Director, Stephen Adams, and Senior Associate, Joe Armitage, discuss the UK government's Brexit strategy and the likelihood of a second referendum.

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Navigating the Global Trading System Crisis

Trade & Manufacturing

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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