September 2017

  • Catalonia: Out of Business?

    Catalonia is located at the North-Eastern extremity of Spain bordering with France. The region is similar in size to Belgium,  boasts a population of 7.5 million and amounts to 19% of the country’s GDP. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and seventh-most populous urban area in the European…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Energy Union – On Track?

    The Energy Union has had an impressive start, with 12 legislative proposals in 2016 alone the European Commission means business. However, publishing proposals is one thing, getting the legislation adopted by the European Parliament and Member States is a much harder challenge. While the security of gas supply package was adopted relatively smoothly, it is…

  • 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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