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  • EU TRADE: WHERE TO NOW?

    Last October, the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. This occurred just days before Donald Trump won the US presidential election with a campaign frequently attacking US trade deals as hurtful to the US. Many trade advocates in Brussels and across the EU have breathed a sigh of relief that…

  • May must go it alone at first EU meeting in the hot seat

    This blog is published on The Times website. Theresa May will find herself seated between the prime ministers of Malta and Estonia at her first summit of EU leaders this afternoon. She won’t be sitting there for long. EU tradition dictates that every six months leaders shift one place to their left, reflecting the bloc’s…

  • Effective crisis communications during restructuring – the Belgian example

    More than 4,000 jobs were lost over the last two weeks in Belgium. That is the sad tally of a series of announcements since 01 September that has seen eleven multinationals announce job losses, the end of operations, or file for bankruptcy in Belgium. The decision to restructure is neither easy nor taken lightly, and…

  • Nord Stream II – power struggle for more Russian gas in Europe

    Nord Stream II: delayed, not cancelled In late August, media outlets across Europe were electrified with news that Gazprom, along with five European companies, withdrew its merger application for a joint venture to build the controversial Nord Stream II (NS2) pipeline. The reason for that surprising move was the objection of Poland’s competition authority (UOKiK)…

  • It’s the end of trade policy as we know it (or is it?)

    It’s very easy to be extremely pessimistic about Europe’s trade policy these days. From the outside, it would seem to lurch from crisis to crisis. Timing is everything in politics and one has to wonder why on earth the European Commission chose to put the spotlight on the EU-Canada (CETA) deal just days after the…

  • Brexit Bowl – America’s Cure for a Brexit Hangover?

    David Wade, a member of FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications Advisory Group for North America and former Chief of Staff to the State Department, provides a view from the United States on the Brexit decision in this snapshot. He discusses what American policy-makers make of Brexit and why this is so important for the U.S, as…

  • Brexit’s Impact on the Energy Sector

    The implications of the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to opt for Brexit continue to reverberate. While the UK has yet to invoke Article 50 and formally begin the process of exiting the European Union (EU), the EU will continue to regulate and formulate new policies in areas that impact business and affect investment decisions not…

  • Brexit: Dealing with Uncertainty

    The 23rd June Referendum has triggered a number of reactions which are likely to affect the UK economy regardless of the timing and conditions of Britain’s exit from the EU. Weaker Sterling, softer GDP growth forecasts and deteriorating consumer confidence are the elements that will impact Britain’s economy in the upcoming period of regulatory uncertainty. Some sectors are more…

  • Brexit Bowl: Competing Public Interests? Politics and Competition Enforcement

    What does Brexit mean for competition policy in the EU and UK? The issue has already formed part of the post-Brexit policy debate in the United Kingdom. This snapshot from FTI Consulting’s Senior Advisor, Sir Philip Lowe, a former Director General of the European Commission’s Competition department, looks at the issue of ‘public interest’ in…

  • The knowns, the unknowns and what happens next? An FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast with Sir Philip Lowe

    Sir Philip Lowe addressed the theme of “Brexit: the knowns, the unknowns, and what happens next?” at the FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast of 13 July 2016. One of the most important unknowns, namely who was to lead the UK out of the EU, is now known. Theresa May was elected as the new British Prime…

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