France

  • 2017 French Presidential elections

    In 2017, France will hold its presidential elections – an event that has taken on renewed significance in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Setting the scene for next year’s race is the Socialist Party’s (PS) growing divide and decreasing popularity of the current President François Hollande, the mainstream right…

  • COP21 – The EU’s second chance

    For the European Union (EU), the efforts towards a global climate agreement are more than just a political priority. Climate change is the guiding theme for many policies and early on the EU had the ambition to be the global leader in the fight against climate change. Consequently, the EU has introduced many far-reaching measures…

  • 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…

  • EU attitudes

     FTI Consulting recently completed EU Research with the general population in Estonia, France, Germany, Sweden & the UK in order to seek their view on EU related issues. This is particularly timely given the UK’s own drive for EU reform and inevitable referendum, as well as instability in the Euro primarily as a result of the…

  • 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…

  • Florange law one year on: French companies’ response

    The ‘Florange law’ was designed to reclaim the real economy in an attempt to shore up France’s  interests against hostile takeovers. However it has been circumvented by many French companies and has somewhat annoyed investors. Between the state’s objective to prevent hostile bidding and the reality of the M&A market in France, is this law…

  • Shaping the Capital Markets Union

    To date the market for bonds, stocks and derivatives remains highly fragmented along national borders. Barriers to a genuine European capital market range from the high administrative cost to access capital markets and national limitations to what assets pension funds can invest in, to the general lack of trust of retail investors in financial markets…

  • Greek elections: anger overcame fear, but is there hope?

    Now that Syriza has formed a government which has already made some statements on its legislative agenda, there is now a little more clarity on  the road forward, and it’s of little comfort to many across Europe and in the troika. Tsipras has just criticised the EU for its stance on Russia, has put the…

  • United by austerity

    By George Candon, Orestis Kalliantzidis and Constantine Levoyannis The dust had barely settled on the outcome of the much-anticipated Greek general election which saw Syriza fall just two tantalizing seats short of an outright majority*, when hot on the heals comes the news that the hard-left party has jumped into bed with the populist rightwing…

  • 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…

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