Category: EU

Starmer meets Macron: building ties for the future? 

In the run-up to a general election, being seen interacting with world leaders is an important element to building legitimacy and credibility for both the incumbent and challenger campaigning for the top spot. The meeting between Keir Starmer and Emmanuel … Continue reading
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19 Sep, 2023

Midterm in Germany: Where does the governing coalition stand halfway through its mandate? 

At the beginning of the 2023 summer recess, the “progress coalition” led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) appears increasingly tired, with the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine dominating … Continue reading
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09 Aug, 2023

The EU’s shift towards economic security and industrial policy. Understanding an evolving landscape and its implications for business  

Economic Security Strategy  Last month the European Commission published its highly anticipated “Economic Security Strategy” – a first-of-its-kind policy document that provides a comprehensive picture of the economic risks the EU is facing from an increasingly challenging geopolitical environment, from … Continue reading
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10 Jul, 2023

Virtual worlds standardisation: What next for the EU? Key challenges and opportunities

While the debate on AI regulation continues to grab media headlines and the attention of policymakers worldwide, discussions on virtual worlds have quietly continued. Regulators around the world are trying to find the right balance between introducing or updating policies … Continue reading
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06 Jul, 2023

The EU’s Retail Investment Strategy - more than just inducements. A further attempt by the European Commission to get EU citizens to the capital market.  

The Retail Investment Strategy in a Nutshell  With only 30 per cent of EU citizens actively investing in the capital markets, the Commission has long been working on proposals that could make a meaningful difference by tackling transparency and cost … Continue reading
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29 Jun, 2023

France’s energy & climate policy and regulation outlook: when environment and industry meet 

When it comes to climate & energy policy, France is often reduced to nuclear. True, nuclear power is a strategic issue in l’Hexagone. No later than last week, MPs from all across the political spectrum adopted a bill aiming to … Continue reading
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26 May, 2023

Bigger, brighter? The Future of Space Policy in the UK and EU 

Summary  Space is an economic and geopolitical domain  The space race was once the preserve of superpowers, but today a thriving industry of businesses large and small across numerous nations are vying for dominance across a range of advanced space-based … Continue reading
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21 Apr, 2023

The EU’s Data Act: a new market or a major risk?

With Spring in full swing, the EU’s legislators have begun the final stage of negotiations on the Data Act: the EU’s sweeping new law to build a single market for data for the 27 Member States. Businesses must be ready … Continue reading
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17 Apr, 2023

Revitalising the EU electricity market design: Evolution, not revolution

The war in Ukraine has triggered major policy changes. It has reshuffled the EU’s priorities and led to Europe rethinking its approach to energy and climate issues. The European Green Deal has become not only a strategy for achieving climate … Continue reading
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06 Mar, 2023

The state of the Ukraine-EU relationship

With Zelenskyy coming to Europe last week to make a number of keynote speeches, from London to Paris and then finally the European Parliament in Brussels, now seems a timely moment to assess the state of the EU/Ukraine relationship. Let’s … Continue reading
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17 Feb, 2023

Navigating the Swedish Council Presidency 

On 1 January this year, Sweden assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for a period of six months. As expected, Sweden is staying true to its “honest broker” reputation, though this time it seems to be … Continue reading
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30 Jan, 2023

Reshuffled MidCat pipeline puts sustainability first - at the cost of energy independence?

From MidCat to H2Med One of the biggest challenges for Europe to replace Russian gas is to get gas and hydrogen from southern to central Europe. When pressure from Berlin and Madrid at the height of the energy crisis brought … Continue reading
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12 Dec, 2022
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