Facing up to Cyber Threats – The new EU Strategy

On 13th September, the European Commission (EC) published its new strategy to tackle the increased cyber threats by aligning the national governments, industry and civil society in a more unified European approach. The EC highlights that cybercrime will cause 3 billion euros in damages by 2020. In addition, tens of billions of “Internet of Things”…

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Europe: Foreign Direct Investment under Scrutiny

Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

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O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN – JUNCKER’S STATE OF THE UNION

Among EU observers, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech was highly anticipated and widely expected to be more visionary and personal than in previous years. The speech was indeed much more optimistic and forward looking; Juncker claimed that the EU now had the wind in its sails. In this snapshot, we…

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Third EU-UK Brexit negotiations: More questions than answers

In this Brexit Perspective we discuss the third round of formal Brexit negotiations that took place in Brussels this week, amid continued disagreements between the EU and UK sides over the pace and scope of the talks. Despite another long week with dozens of negotiators and experts from both sides thrashing through complex political and…

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Responsible mining: Partnership to help achieve the SDGs

Partnerships in the mining sector can contribute to sustainable development argues Arne Koeppel, Head of Research at FTI Consulting in Brussels in this article for the latest edition of GREAT Insights, the publication of the  European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). The article lines out why the mining sector has an important role to play in…

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