November 2016

  • 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…

  • Brexit & health: patience needed

    Discussing Brexit and its impact on the healthcare sector is a risky exercise, especially in the current rather blurred context. The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, already under fire for failing to grasp the scale of the challenge facing the National Health Service (NHS), recently scrapped a high-level task force working on the issue. If…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 &…

  • REFIT: what’s it all about?

    Everybody loves a good plumber. One who comes in, fixes a leak and leaves with a minimum of fuss. That is precisely what the European Commission’s REFIT programme is designed for: give anyone in Europe the opportunity to flag red tape in EU laws and get EU institutions to fix it. Well, that’s the theory.…

  • 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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