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  • State of the Union – steadying the ship

    Brexit, economic sluggishness and the refugee crisis has dented the EU’s reputation over recent months both at home and abroad. These were the challenges confronting Jean-Claude Juncker – the President of the European Commission – as he contemplated his second annual ‘State of the Union’ speech, which he delivered today at the European Parliament in…

  • BREXIT Post-Weekend European Reaction

    Just over 72 hours after the Brexit referendum, politicians and business far and wide spent the weekend reflecting on the outcome and attempting to anticipate the implications and next steps. In the United Kingdom, the result continues to impact political parties across the divide and throughout the whole of the country. Further developments lie in…

  • Brussels | Holmes 2016 Sabre awards for PA Agency

    We are REALLY honoured to be shortlisted for the Holmes 2016 Sabre awards for PA Agency of the Year for the second year in a row. Over the past 13 years we have grown from a small boutique to a 70 strong office in the Brussels hub alone, so I wanted to write to thank…

  • Crisis communications: failing to plan is planning to fail

    Why every business needs a solid crisis communications plan John F Kennedy once said that the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. While he was talking about the US economy, the same goes for crisis management in protecting corporate reputation. In today’s fast-paced world – marked by a 24-7 news…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • Strasbourg Diary #1 – Listening to the heart of EU’s democracy as terror shut the EU capital down

                      Travelling to Strasbourg for this week’s European Parliament Plenary session felt like a mission. With Brussels under lockdown for the whole weekend and the state of emergency extended, no one really knew what to expect when leaving the security of ones home. Metros shut, schools and…

  • Is manufacturing the centrepiece for EU economic revival?

    Hans Hack, Head of Financial Services at FTI Consulting Brussels, speaks to World Finance about how manufacturing could stimulate economic revival in Europe. What needs to be done?  

  • Spanish regional and local elections – from streets to seats

    Last Sunday’s regional and local elections in Spain has seen the incumbent PP given a thrashing and represented a major win for grassroots movements. Spain held regional elections in 13 of its 17 regions (Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country have separate regional electoral cycles) and local elections in more than 8,000 towns and…

  • Our office is growing!

    It’s been an exciting start to the year here in Brussels with the addition of seven new team members to strengthen our Competition, Trade and Financial Services practices. The additions include senior professionals from within the European Commission including Massimo Baldinato, John Clancy, Kyra Obolensky and Roeland Van der Stappen as Senior Directors, Robrecht Vandormael…

  • Super-Juncker or Junck-Man?

    It’s been a very lively year for the Juncker Commission and the final highlight came this week when the Commission Work Programme was presented this Tuesday.   Juncker has promised to do things very differently to previous Commissions, making the Work Programme highly anticipated. In the end, the withdrawal or rather delay of the air…

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