June 2018

  • Italy: our thoughts on the new government

    Last night, almost three months after the Italian general election, the President, Sergio Mattarella, appointed a new political government supported by the Five Star Movement and the League. The government’s mandate comes into effect later today and will be led by Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister, while the leaders of the two abovementioned parties (Di…

  • Hello GDPR, goodbye AI? Not quite. The implication of GDPR for Europe’s AI ambitions

    AI is currently one of the most used acronyms in the EU tech bubble. Just last month the European Commission published its strategy on artificial intelligence, while several European countries are working on their own AI approaches: Finland revealed its plan on 18 December 2017, France published the Villani Report on 29 March 2018, and…

  • FTI CONSULTING TRADING CHALLENGE

    With the clock ticking, there is much speculation around which legislation will make the cut before a new European Commission and Parliament take the floor. Financial Services remains a sector of heated debate with high volatility and little margin for error. FTI Consulting has hedged its bets on which pieces of legislation may have an…

  • Macron in the EU Parliament – Europe’s last hope

    Europe is facing unprecedented challenges with divisions along multiple fault-lines; Brexit, increasing nationalism and a general fascination with anti-liberal ideas. Macron, whose Presidency is proof that the strongest populist threats can be overcome, is probably Europe’s last hope. Therefore, his speech in the European Parliament on the future of Europe was preceded by high expectations,…

  • Foreign investment gets political

    Across the Western world, politicians are getting nervous about the future place of their countries in the global economy. In 2014, the EU and the US economies combined accounted for 46% of global GDP, down from 60% in 2004[1]. Over the same period, China saw its share rise from 5% to 13%. In this context,…

  • World Water Day – Counting down the drops

    Today’s Water Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of water resources and how damaged ecosystems impact the availability of drinking water for human consumption. It’s a wake-up call to action! Water covers two-thirds of the earth’s surface, but drinking water is getting ever scarcer. Increasing pressures on global water resources due to population…

  • TRADE STORM: A Transatlantic conversation on trade tensions

    Earlier this week (Tuesday 13 March), Ed Reilly, Senior Advisor and former CEO of FTI Consulting’s strategic communications segment, shared his thoughts and insights about the storms that are overshadowing the transatlantic trade relationship at a discussion at FTI Consulting in Brussels. The debate was moderated by John Clancy, Senior Advisor at FTI Consulting and…

  • THE GLOBAL POLICY RESPONSE TO AI

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize and disrupt practically every industry. It will impact products and services but also the everyday lives of citizens worldwide, bringing about both socio-economic opportunities and challenges which need to be addressed early on. Governments and industries around the world are already engaged in a fierce AI arms-race in an early attempt…

  • Competition policies in a changing political environment

    Future trends in competition law and enforcement have  to take account of the current shift in the focus of economic activity, and the law enforcement which accompanies it, away from the longstanding dominance of the US and Europe towards a more multipolar environment with a growing influence of emerging countries, and in particular of Asian…

  • CLEANING UP TRANSPORT IN EUROPE – THE COMMISSION’S CO2 STANDARDS

    The transportation sector is an essential economic driver, connecting businesses and people around the world. It is inextricably linked to many other sectors including energy, tech, digital and agriculture, to name a few. It is at the intersection of urban planning, logistics, infrastructure, and personal freedom. The car as we know it today is arguably…

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