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  • Brexit – Article 50: The final countdown

    The two year countdown to the UK’s exit from the EU has now begun. Prime Minister Theresa May today formally notified the European Council President of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the EU Treaty. Notification means that formal exit negotiations between the UK and the EU can…

  • What’s next for the EU? – The 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

    The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017. The Treaty of Rome is the bedrock of the longest period of peace the continent has ever experienced. Yet as leaders of the EU celebrate this achievement, multiple challenges lie ahead, ranging from populism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, geopolitical…

  • BREXIT BOWL | The final countdown to triggering Article 50

    It’s lining up to be a significant month for the European Union. The Dutch are holding their much-anticipated general election today with intense focus on the prospects of the far-right leader Geert Wilders. EU Presidents and Prime Ministers – apart from UK PM Theresa May – will gather in Rome on 25 March to celebrate…

  • Antonio Tajani – Newly elected President of the European Parliament

      Antonio Tajani is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the  new President of the European Parliament. Most recently he served as one of the fourteen vice-presidents of the European Parliament. Tajani has built a long-standing career within the EP, working as an MEP between 1994 and 2008. Throughout his nearly 18…

  • Brexit means hard Brexit: The UK’s negotiating strategy

    “Brexit means Brexit”. Since Theresa May became British Prime Minister in July last year, the phrase has become almost synonymous with perceptions of her broader approach to leadership – firm in tone, steely in appearance yet somehow lacking in specific detail. Today Theresa May delivered her landmark speech outlining the United Kingdom’s approach to negotiating…

  • BREXIT: All You Need Is Trade – Views from institutional investors

    As the world awaits the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s next move on activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, we assess the UK’s trading relationships and how they might be impacted by Brexit. • What kind of deal could the UK seek with the European Union? • What will the remaining EU27 be prepared to give? •…

  • 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…

  • Asset management at the centre of the CMU: A blessing or a curse?

    The EU’s Capital Markets Union could offer great opportunities to the asset management industry but must also deal with the impending risks of potential regulation   Diversifying corporate financing and decreasing dependency on bank loans lies at the center of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project, supporting the EU’s overarching priority to generate growth…

  • State of the Union – steadying the ship

    Brexit, economic sluggishness and the refugee crisis has dented the EU’s reputation over recent months both at home and abroad. These were the challenges confronting Jean-Claude Juncker – the President of the European Commission – as he contemplated his second annual ‘State of the Union’ speech, which he delivered today at the European Parliament in…

  • 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…

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