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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 15th June 2018

Dear Fred,
It was an inauspicious start to the week. The special train ferrying officials down to Strasbourg broke down for several hours in the picturesque French countryside, leading to the inevitable headlines about the gravy train being derailed and renewed complaints about the travelling circus. Read more...

Theresa May’s Brexit Showdown

Friday, 08th June 2018

Could next week signal the beginning of the end for Theresa May’s leadership of the Conservative Party?  Will she succeed in reversing the amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill made by the House of Lords; will she be forced to concede some of the amendments in order to overturn others, or will she seek to overturn them all, but fail to do so if her backbench Remain rebels play hard-ball? Read more...

Conte’s Government: The “Third Republic” Begins

Friday, 08th June 2018

Three months have passed since Italy’s last general elections on March, 4. This is the first time in Italy's history that forming a government has been so delayed, resulting in a serious escalation of the crisis from the political level to the institutional level, then finally reaching its peak with threats to impeach the Head of State. But with professor Giuseppe Conte named the new Prime Minister, it seems that this phase has now ended. But what lies ahead for this new government? Gain insights on how Italy's Conte era came to be and what lies ahead for this government from our Italian IGP partners, FB & Associati. Read more...

Tear Down the Silos

Monday, 14th May 2018

It is largely understood that with the arrival of new technologies on European soil, such as AI, blockchain, e-mobility and e-health the European Commission will need to tap fresh knowledge and expertise from industry, academics and scientific bodies in order to be properly prepared when drafting policy.

However, it takes more than that in order to tackle the technology tsunami.

Belgium: Attractive for European and International Associations

Friday, 04th May 2018

Belgium is considered a very attractive jurisdiction for setting up associations and other non-profits. Roughly 110,000 NPO exist; 2,000 of them being international NPOs (“Associations internationales sans but lucratif”). While administration is substantial, a law enacted on 2 May 2002 has greatly simplified the legal regime of the NPOs, e.g., re: accountancy and donations made to the NPOs. Below is a brief overview of what European and International associations can expect when establishing roots in Brussels. Read more...

The Seven Vices of Public Affairs Campaigns

Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Considering the odds at stake and faced with an increasingly demanding ecosystem of journalists, policy makers and activists, companies continue to struggle with the challenge of advancing their interests and convincing stakeholders to take positive action. With regard to governments and politicians, mistakes can prove costly. Here are seven of the most common errors (one could call them vices too) witnessed in the field of public affairs campaigns, leading to failure at worst or disappointment at best, and ways to overcome them.