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  • Macron in the EU Parliament – Europe’s last hope

    Europe is facing unprecedented challenges with divisions along multiple fault-lines; Brexit, increasing nationalism and a general fascination with anti-liberal ideas. Macron, whose Presidency is proof that the strongest populist threats can be overcome, is probably Europe’s last hope. Therefore, his speech in the European Parliament on the future of Europe was preceded by high expectations,…

  • Brexit Bowl – A View From South East Asia

    We are back after the summer break. The holidays might be over but the Brexit negotiations continue. This week we have seen the fourth round and evidence of some progress. Elsewhere a German election and lots of political posturing and airy talk – whether in Florence, Brussels or Paris – continue to fuel speculation about…

  • Europe: Foreign Direct Investment Under Scrutiny

    Responding to recent calls from France, Germany and other Member States for stricter controls on foreign takeovers, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has proposed a new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investment. Although the proposed Regulation comes in large part in reaction to the rise in Chinese investment into…

  • O Captain My Captain – Juncker’s State Of The Union

    Among EU observers, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech was highly anticipated and widely expected to be more visionary and personal than in previous years. The speech was indeed much more optimistic and forward looking; Juncker claimed that the EU now had the wind in its sails. In this snapshot, we…

  • Brexit Perspective – Deal or No Deal?

    The first substantial week of negotiations between the UK and the EU on Brexit concluded today. But is anyone any clearer as to whether a deal can be reached, and what the details of such an agreement would look like? Most people would answer with a ‘no’. Deal, no deal or what kind of deal?…

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