UK

  • 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…

  • Anti-US Sentiments – A concern for business?

                  The Snowden revelations, domination of the internet by US companies and the ongoing critical debate about TTIP impact public opinion of US business in the EU. While the US is by far Europe’s most important partner in political as well as economic terms, US companies are increasingly concerned…

  • Fog over the Channel – Britain cut off?

    The prospect of the UK leaving the EU is becoming a distinct possibility. Recent polls indicate that more than half of British voters are in favour of a Brexit. David Cameron says he will hold an in/out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives are returned to government. He has stated he wants to keep the…

  • Adding fuel to the fire: higher EU budget contribution puts pressure on an already strained relationship

                      George Candon discusses David Cameron’s response to the European Commission’s call for a £1.7 billion increase in the UK’s contribution to the EU’s budget to reflect its strong economic performance. While this reflects a previously agreed legal mechanism, the fraught politics of Britain’s relationship with Europe…

  • Will the Eurosceptics fall quiet now? Don’t believe it…

    Less than five months after the impressive Eurosceptic performance at the European Parliament elections, have the wheels rolled off their bandwagon in Brussels? Today, the political group which UKIP’s Nigel Farage co-chairs in the Parliament, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), fell apart after the defection of its single Latvian MEP, Iveta Grigule. While…

  • Where next for the UK?

    So it’s all over and business as usual. Or not. While Scotland will remain one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom, the political landscape within the UK has changed utterly. The Scottish independence referendum – or ‘indeyref’ – has ushered in a long-overdue rethinking of the overall British constitutional arrangement.

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