October 2014

  • Will the Eurosceptics fall quiet now? Don’t believe it…

    Less than five months after the impressive Eurosceptic performance at the European Parliament elections, have the wheels rolled off their bandwagon in Brussels? Today, the political group which UKIP’s Nigel Farage co-chairs in the Parliament, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), fell apart after the defection of its single Latvian MEP, Iveta Grigule. While…

  • You’re invited! Political communications in a digital age: challenges and opportunities

    The potential of digital media in political campaigning has certainly been attested to, but the possibilities and power of digital campaigning are not always that well understood or exploited, whether by politicians seeking to engage the electorate, or stakeholders seeking to engage political movers and shakers. But don’t just take our word for it. Highlighting…

  • Commission Hearings: Almost There!

    After two weeks of tough European Parliament confirmation hearings it seems that Juncker and his proposed team have come through relatively unscathed. MEPs have cast their votes and only Hungary’s Tibor Navrascsic was asked to be re-assigned to another portfolio instead of Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship. Slovenia’s Alenka Bratušek, Juncker’s candidate for Energy Union,…

  • Juncker shakes up the Commission

    Last week, the next European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his new team of 27 Commissioners and their portfolios. Juncker presented a strong line-up with many new faces including former Prime Ministers, experienced Ministers and nine female Commissioners, aligned to his promise #10ormore. In light of this, we take a closer look at the allocation…

  • Hans Hack discusses challenges facing new Commission on World News Media

    The new European Commission is in the process of being formed. In this video, Hans Hack, Managing Director and Head of Financial Services at FTI Consulting Brussels together with Nick Jeffrey, Director Public Policy at Grant Thornton International, discuss some of the challenges the new Commission will face, in an interview with World News Media’s…

  • The unpopularity contest

    Following a brief meeting with President Hollande on Monday 25 August Manuel Valls, the somewhat popular French Prime Minister, asked for the dissolution of his government. The Head of State readily agreed and the Prime Minister is set to propose a new cabinet by Tuesday 26 August. This is the result of the internal tensions…

  • What is our true power to influence opinion online?

    Are we all truly awake to the implications of tritely recommending to clients social media campaigns as a way to ‘engage’, ‘influence the debate’ or indeed ‘change minds’? While the ability to create engaged online communities is a fantastic communications tool, we need to be alive to one of the more fascinating contradictions of social…

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