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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)…

  • 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 –…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Brexit Bowl – Views from European Capitals

    Multi-tasking’s the name of the game for today’s European Union leaders. While Brexit might be one of the top issues for some EU officials, it’s by no means the only challenge requiring political attention, causing uncertainty and unpredictability amongst business across Europe and beyond. A new US President openly questioning the validity of their ‘project’,…

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