October 2017

  • Real Estate – The Times they are a Changin

    In case you missed it, Europe is at war with carbon to save our planet.  Some of the world’s toughest environmental targets are becoming a reality in the way we live our lives and conduct our business.  Europe has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030.  But the…

  • Brexit Bowl – views from Brussels, London and Berlin

    When it comes to Brexit, clarity and certainty for business is a distant prospect. The reading of the tea leaves had been clear for weeks. October was not going to be the moment when Brexit talks would progress to their next stage. Last week’s Brussels European Council – the regular summit of EU leaders –…

  • 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”…

  • Catalonia, out of business 2.0

    Recent developments in Catalonia have created turmoil in the Spanish economy. Following the 1st October referendum – considered illegal by both the Spanish government and the EU – and the Catalan intention to move ahead with a unilateral declaration of independence, the foundations of the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone are starting to shake.…

  • Brexit Bowl – A view from South East Asia

    We are back after the summer break. The holidays might be over but the Brexit negotiations continue. This week we have seen the fourth round and evidence of some progress. Elsewhere a German election and lots of political posturing and airy talk – whether in Florence, Brussels or Paris – continue to fuel speculation about…

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