Germany

  • Regional elections in Germany

    You don’t say. What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China? Dramatic headlines like “Germany votes in crucial state poll test for Angela Merkel”, “Will Germany’s regional elections be the beginning of the end” and ”State elections in Germany, Merkel’s doomsday is approaching” hadn’t failed to create some national and even…

  • 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…

  • Halfway for the German Grand Coalition – a rough ride ahead for Angela Merkel?

    Halfway through the current black-red grand coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) the peaceful times are pretty much over. Things will definitely get rougher for Angela Merkel (CDU), with her leadership in managing the on-going refugee crisis in question, while the SPD leadership is under ever more pressure to find means out…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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