European Union

  • Merkel and Hollande’s speech in the European Parliament: Together we stand

    The singularity of Merkel’s and Hollande’s joint speech to the European Parliament (EP) was not that it happened at all, but what has triggered it. Let’s look at the precedents: this was the first time in 25 years the leaders of the two largest European economies addressed the EP together. They didn’t do so during…

  • Understanding platforms, online intermediaries and the sharing economy

    Summer is over, but autumn is opening the way to long awaited public consultations and more action from the European Commission. Last May the European Commission adopted its strategy to complete the Digital Single Market strategy (DSM) with the aim of generating up to €250bn worth of additional growth in Europe. While the strategy clearly…

  • #FashionTech – where fashion meets technology

      Paris has long laid claim to being home of the global fashion industry, and with the start of the French capital’s 3rd FashionTech Week today it has cemented that position even further. Fashion is one of the many traditional sectors being disrupted for the better by new technologies. The FashionTech Week will see many…

  • The return of Tsipras

    Sunday’s snap election in Greece has resulted in victory for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, who returns as Prime Minister with a 7.5% margin over his opponent, New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. While pre-election polls had them neck and neck, in the end Syriza fell just five seats short of an overall majority and will renew…

  • Time to seal the EU-US deal on data transfers

    After four years of negotiations between the EU and the US, the text of the bilateral data protection ‘Umbrella Agreement’ has just been sealed. The Umbrella Agreement ensures the equal data protection rights of every US and EU citizens when it comes to criminal data transfers of personal information, such as names, addresses, criminal records,…

  • Time to put some oxygen into the oxi

    With Sunday’s vote, Tsipras has generated some significant political capital which he must now spend wisely in the next stage of negotiations. But for all parties around the negotiating table, it’s time to put some oxygen into Greeks’ oxi, say FTI Consulting’s Constantine Levoyannis, George Candon and Hans Hack. The major wager Probably the only…

  • Tsipras is right where he wanted to be

    On Thursday 18 June, yet another Eurogroup meeting ended in disappointment, as Greece and its international creditors failed to converge towards a deal that would boost confidence in international markets and end growing speculation that Greece is headed towards the notorious “Grexit” door. Considering that all previous crunch meetings with the SY.RIZ.A government went down…

  • Polish presidential election: a harbinger of times to come?

    Justyna Slominska and George Candon on the prospects for Poland following the presidential elections.   On Sunday conservative challenger Andrzej Duda (Law and Justice party, PiS) unseated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform, PO) in Poland’s presidential election. The win was surprising because Komorowski was initially expected to easily win a second term, but the reality…

  • The TTIP vote – high noon in the European Parliament

    Rumour has it that MEPs are complaining of boredom due to a lack of dossiers on their desks – this is certainly not the case for Bernd Lange, Chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee and Rapporteur for its TTIP report. The German MEP’s office faced an impressive challenge in recent weeks as they…

  • Another Danish political thriller?

    George Candon and Charlotte Norlund-Matthiessen reflect on the forthcoming Danish general election Remember Borgen? Centrist Birgitte Nyholm emerges the unexpected winner to take the premiership. While many Brussels insider Borgen fans will know that Birgitte Nyholm was a close portrayal of current Competition Commissioner and former leader of the centrist De Radikale party Margrethe Vestager,…

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