Posts for Government Relations

French Politics: “It’s Football, Stupid!” or is it the other way around?

Tuesday, 31st July 2018

It is not new: football can become a footboard for political power. French politicians know it so well that they even play football themselves. It is such a widespread sport in the political sphere that since 2014 there has been an official team of MPs in the National Assembly, playing a yearly match against veteran players from Les Bleus and famous media persons. Read more...

Looking Beyond ZTE: How Chinese SOEs Will Learn from Adversity

Thursday, 26th July 2018

Many observers have looked with interest at the furore surrounding Chinese telecoms and mobile phone giant ZTE in the U.S. This major state-owned enterprise (SOE) has been hit by the U.S. Department of Commerce imposing a sanction that prevents any U.S. company from trading with them, resulting from an investigation that concluded ZTE had traded with North Korea and Iran. Read more...

GRPA Series: Many Countries Provide Universal Health Care Coverage to Their Citizens. Why Doesn’t the U.S.?

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Let’s start here: the global community agrees that health care is a basic human right. Seventy years ago this year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations said it was so in November, 1948, stating that every human on the planet had “the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.” Fast forward to 2018, and at least 58 countries have made significant progress to achieve this ideal, enacting legislation mandating universal health care coverage of its’ citizens. The United States has not. Read more...

Engagement with the Eye on the Next Policy Cycle

Wednesday, 16th May 2018

A brief calm permeated the Eurobubble around the Easter break, which saw policy wonks spread to various exotic or less exotic locations for a brief (or not so brief) holiday. With the return of business as usual, we had the last flurry of activity, as the European Commission scrambled to publish its last outstanding legislative proposals so that the co-legislators can – hopefully - go through them before next year’s European Parliament elections. The 25th of April officially marked the publication of the last proposals making up the Digital Single Market, signaling the end of this Commission’s work on this priority. Read more...