Europe’s opportunity in digital agriculture

Farming may sometimes seem the most traditional of activities, but it has never stopped innovating. Every generation has brought technological and organisational advancements, from when stone-age man first used primitive tools to the use of disease-resistant crop varieties. Now, digital farming is ushering in the latest revolution in humanity’s agricultural practices. Will Europe benefit as…

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Constitutional referendum in Italy: less than three weeks to go

With the turmoil resulting from the US election starting to fade, attention is now turning to the Italian referendum on 4 December. The referendum will give citizens the opportunity to embrace, or indeed reject, the constitutional reforms enacted by the Italian Parliament. With less than three weeks to go, Italian politicians are preparing for the…

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Bulgaria: Elections… and Then Crisis

“Always with Germany and never against Russia”: this famous quote by Bulgaria’s last king Tsar Boris III (1894 – 1943) characterised the election campaign for the fifth president of Bulgaria, which culminated last Sunday, 13 November. Major General Rumen Radev – backed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) – overwhelmingly won the run-off vote against…

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U.S. Election Results: Our Day-After Analysis

After one of the longest, most volatile, and arguably most contentious presidential campaigns in modern American history, FTI Consulting developed detailed Day-After Analysis Reports regarding the U.S. election, providing an overview of the new balance of power and insights into the first 100 days of new leadership: U.S. Election Analysis; The First 100 Days &…

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It’s the end of trade policy as we know it

By John Clancy, Senior Advisor and former EU Trade spokesperson (2010-2014) There were sighs of relief among EU officials Sunday as the EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA was finally signed by visiting Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and his EU counterparts. Enormous credit should go to the EU’s chief negotiator Mauro Petriccione who has tirelessly…

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How much Vitamin C does the European tax system need to be healthy? The CC(C)TB saga continues

On 25 October 2016 the European Commission proposed a redrafted version of the proposal aiming to tackle tax avoidance and evasion, by creating a single Common Corporate Tax Base, and introducing, at a later stage, a consolidation element which would allow companies to offset losses in one Member State from the profits earned in another.…

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Lithuanian Parliamentary Elections – here we go again, Peasants and Greens this time…

Lithuania elected its new Parliament (Seimas) on Sunday. The results are quite unexpected but not surprising at the same time. The winner is again a new party that promised to ‘save’ the country and eliminate all of its systemic problems (like emigration, poverty and social exclusion). The Lithuanian Peasants and Greens party (Lietuvos valstiečių ir…

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BREXIT: All You Need Is Trade – Views from institutional investors

As the world awaits the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s next move on activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, we assess the UK’s trading relationships and how they might be impacted by Brexit. • What kind of deal could the UK seek with the European Union? • What will the remaining EU27 be prepared to give? •…

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