November 2018

  • Merkel, Brexit, and the Future of Europe

    There was no doubt about who was the star attraction at this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg.   Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, now running on borrowed time, delivered a flagship speech to the European Parliament. But while Merkel’s vision on the future of Europe was the highlight of the week, it was another (albeit…

  • The Future of Europe: Is Romania Up To It?

    Just a few months before the start of the Romanian Council Presidency, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, presented his views on the future of Europe to the European Parliament on 23 October.   The Romanian Council Presidency comes at a critical time due to the daunting challenges the EU is currently facing, ranging from…

  • The Countdown to the 2019 European Elections Begins

    While this week has all been about the US mid-terms, here in Europe the European Parliamentary campaign has stepped up a gear with the selection of the EPP candidate this week.   FTI Consulting Brussels has published an infographic explaining why the elections in May 2019 are important for the #Tech sector. What’s left on…

  • Brexit in the Boardroom | The 2018 Business Autumn Update

    With less than 6 months to go until the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019, and a critical European Council meeting taking place later this week, a huge amount of uncertainty still remains.   In the second edition of our survey, Brexit in the Boardroom – The View from Business (Autumn 2018 update), we spoke…

  • Europe Strikes At the Root Of Plant Breeding

    The summer of 2018 brought good and bad news for plant breeding science. While a thirteen-year international endeavour to map the wheat genome was concluding, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that crops obtained by gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas should be regulated under the EU’s GMO regime. Bread wheat is…

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