Politics

  • The future of airport capacity in the UK

     The UK’s independent Airports Commission published on Wednesday 01 July its long-awaited and highly political report into the future of aviation capacity in the United Kingdom. In its Air Capacity Snapshot FTI Consulting looks into the political implications of the controversial question of London airport expansion.

  • Greece: There’s no such thing as miracles

    In an act of political brinkmanship during the early hours of Saturday 27 June, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unexpectedly announced that on Sunday 05 July Greece will hold a referendum on two proposals put forward by its creditors. On the one hand, this should come as no surprise: after all, even German Finance Minister…

  • 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?  

  • 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…

  • Turkish elections: new direction in foreign policy

    Despite receiving the greatest number of votes in the election, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to win an outright majority after 13 years in power. So far there is one clear outcome: Turks have decided to remain a parliamentary democracy and buried President Erdoğan’s dreams of a Presidential system. One of the clear…

  • The Labour Party and its relationship with business

    It is widely accepted that the Labour Party lost the support of the business community ahead of the 2015 general election. While Labour did not only lose the election because of its relationship with business, a lack of credibility around the economy was absolutely fundamental to the failed campaign and the collective voice of business…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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