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  • Merkel’s bitter Victory

    Angela Merkel has won a bitter victory in Germany’s general election. On the one hand, her Christian Democrats, expectedly, gained the biggest share of votes by far. On the other hand, the Christian Democrats, unexpectedly, only won 33 per cent of the vote, which is their worst result since 1949, and stands at more than…

  • German e-health law – a breakthrough for the digital health sector?

    Digitisation has become a political buzzword in Germany, raising particular concerns with regard to the German healthcare system. German politics has long been lagging behind in creating an appropriate framework that balances health benefits versus data protection issues. Now a new e-health law about to be passed, triggering a dynamic debate on digitisation, data and health.…

  • 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…

  • How to avoid slipping back to the ‘pre-penicillin era’

     This week the European Parliament adopted its own-initiative Report on Safer Healthcare in Europe: Improving Patient Safety and Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance. With this report MEPs are pointing to a looming global health crisis which requires urgent action on many fronts. In our latest snapshot Kyra Obolensky and Darren Kinsella from FTI Consulting’s healthcare team say…

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