Writer: Pepe López-Rúa Taboada


The EU in 2024-29 - what a shift to the right means for business

The 2024 European Parliament elections largely concluded as expected. The results saw a significant, but not massive surge of right-wing nationalist parties from 20% to 25% of the EP’s seats. The centrist majority of pro-EU groups, dominated by the centre-right EPP, has shrunk, but eventually held. While current Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is […]
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27 Jun, 2024

Snap election in Spain – what to expect?

A resounding defeat for PM Sánchez While the polls suggested absolute majorities for the centre-right People’s Party (PP) in the Madrid and La Rioja regions, no one expected a victory of the scale and implications as the one ultimately obtained by Alberto Núñez-Feijóo’s party in the regional and local elections last Sunday. The ruling socialists […]
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01 Jun, 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 the MidCat pipeline back into the spotlight after years at the back of the drawer, […]
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12 Dec, 2022

MidCat pipeline row puts European solidarity to the test

The same old fight The issue of energy interconnection is not new. As timely as it seems to have become following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, talks around the need to accelerate progress towards an Energy Union have been around for over a decade. In 2002, the European Commission recommended that Member States increase interconnections to a […]
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05 Oct, 2022

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