Posts for EU

Associations Need to Start Preparing Now for 2019, A Year of Change at the Heart of the EU

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

The countdown to the European Parliament elections in May 2019 is a good time for associations to take stock and audit their advocacy approach before a new wave of MEPs and Commissioners set the policy agenda for 2020 and beyond. In his recent article for HQ, The Association Magazine, Richard Steel, Senior Associate, Interel EU, provides insights into what action EU associations need to take in preparation for the turbulent year ahead in 2019. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 20th April 2018

Dear Fred,
What do Luxembourg, Columbia and Guinea have in common? Tax havens, good coffee, the viviparous toad? No, the leaders of all three countries will be queuing up in the May part session to address a plenary short of legislative files to keep it busy.
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Interel CEO Fredrik Lofthagen Encourages Public Affairs Professionals to Adapt & Find Opportunity in the Unpredictable “New Europe”

Wednesday, 04th April 2018

Under the shadow of the iconic Acropolis in the city that gave birth to politics, Interel CEO Fredrik Lofthagen delivered a keynote address on the “the New Europe” at the IGP EMEA Summit in Athens, Greece, hosted by IGP Partner Rollerdeck Associates. In his remarks, Fredrik cautioned against three potential threats – the stall of eurozone reform, Brexit, populism on the rise - and what impact they may have on business. But in these risks lies opportunity for public affairs. In an EU fractured by political chasms and a yearning for innovation, public affairs professionals have the opportunity to advance their clients’ interests by navigating the eurozone maze and discerning insight from disruption. Read the full speech below...
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 16th March 2018

Dear Fred,
The EU press corps are a feisty lot and have been in particularly combative mood of late over the whole Selmayr shenanigans. They are used to a certain amount of pandering by the political groups, eager to get some column inches for their leaders. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Dear Fred,
Amidst all the institutional empire-building, it’s good to see the European Parliament get down to some serious downsizing. The dilemma of what to do with the 73 seats vacated by the departing Brits has been partly resolved but still requires Ministerial approval before being set in stone. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 19th January 2018

Dear Fred,
Breaking news: The real Donald Trump has just tweeted that the Postcard from Strasbourg is to receive one of his prestigious fake news awards. The citation reads: “Stories all made up. Fact. The guy has probably never been to Strasburgerland. Sad”. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 15th December 2017

Dear Fred,
In a week full of noble causes – the Democratic opposition in Venezuela winning the Sakharov prize, sweeping recommendations from the inquiry committee on tax crimes, prolonging and expanding the EU investment plan up to €500 billion – it was the humble kebab that dominated the headlines. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th November 2017

Dear Fred,
It looks like Malta has joined Hungary and Poland on the EU’s naughty chair. At this rate they’ll need a sofa. A resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority sets out serious concerns about the rule of law, Read more...