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  • Merkel, Brexit, and the Future of Europe

    There was no doubt about who was the star attraction at this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, now running on borrowed time, delivered a flagship speech to the European Parliament. But while Merkel’s vision on the future of Europe was the highlight of the week, it was another (albeit connected)…

  • The Future of Europe: Is Romania Up To It?

    Just a few months before the start of the Romanian Council Presidency, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, presented his views on the future of Europe to the European Parliament on 23 October.   The Romanian Council Presidency comes at a critical time due to the daunting challenges the EU is currently facing, ranging from…

  • Poland and the Future of Europe

    On July 4, 2018, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented Poland’s view on the future of Europe at the Plenary of the European Parliament. July 4 is not only the anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence but also the aphelion, the day in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun; and…

  • Foreign investment gets political

    Across the Western world, politicians are getting nervous about the future place of their countries in the global economy. In 2014, the EU and the US economies combined accounted for 46% of global GDP, down from 60% in 2004[1]. Over the same period, China saw its share rise from 5% to 13%. In this context,…

  • Brexit Bowl – views from Brussels, London and Berlin

    When it comes to Brexit, clarity and certainty for business is a distant prospect. The reading of the tea leaves had been clear for weeks. October was not going to be the moment when Brexit talks would progress to their next stage. Last week’s Brussels European Council – the regular summit of EU leaders –…

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