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  Guest post by Mark Cummins. Mark Cummins is Professor of Finance at the Dublin City University Business School and Head of the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Academic Group. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance. He will speak further on this topic at a special event on “Brexit and Financial Services” on 12 April… » read more

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    Guest post by MEP Benedek Jávor. Cohesion policy is an important tool of solidarity within the European Union. Since the 2004 accession wave this European flow of sources contributed on an altering level to the convergence, and at the same time in the majority of the so-called new Member States, it represented a… » read more

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I was quite surprised to see this weekend the “En Marche movement” of French President Emmanuel Macron is launching its European extension with activities in some of the member states, mainly in the Benelux Countries with a lighthouse event in Brussels in front of the European Parliament.   Is this a mind-blowing challenge for the… » read more

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Guest post by Cambre CEO Tom Parker. With the EU to set out its latest guidelines on the Brexit negotiations later today, much attention will be given to the negative reception to Theresa May’s pick and mix approach to accessing the single market. In particular, financial services and her dashed hopes for the City continuing… » read more

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Guest blog post by Stefan Rating, an expert in competition and regulatory Law at Rating Legis SLP and a former European Commission special assistant to the Director General of DG Competition. Today, the European Commission cleared a merger first announced on January 16th, 2017 and notified on August 22nd., Essilor/Luxottica (M. 8394). Unusually after a… » read more

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Guest post by Jean-Jacques Neuer, Lawyer-Solicitor On 27 February, the European Court of Justice – ECJ – is about to pronounce a judgement invalidating all agreements made by the European Union with China because of the latter’s presence in Tibet, with Russia as it has annexed Crimea and with the United States, which does not… » read more

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Guest post by Dr. Laurens Ankersmit, ClientEarth trade lawyer   On the website promoting the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA), the Canadian government proudly lists the ‘opportunities and benefits of CETA for Canada’s oil and gas exporters’. However, provisions on combatting climate change are completely absent from this ‘progressive’ agreement. It was one of the main… » read more

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On December 6, the European Commission presented the long-awaited package for the deepening of the European Economic and Monetary Union. In a debate we organised at FEPS to gather first reactions to the proposal, a member of the European Parliament put forward the right questions: how should it be explained to people in the different… » read more

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Guest post by Christian Borggreen, Vice President of CCIA Europe An often overlooked European success story is how hundred of thousands of European small companies have thrived thanks to the Internet. With a few clicks on the keyboard, the smallest European firm can now export to consumers across the EU, and the rest of the… » read more

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Guest blog post by Cécile Philippe, Institut économique Molinari. The rise of populism is a worrisome democratic phenomenon in that it appears to be threatening the very foundations of our democracies. In France, the next presidential election opens the risk of a very strong showing for the National Front. Elsewhere, the Brexit vote, the election… » read more

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We all know there will be a number of crucial decisions taken in 2017. And we have to re-think how the European project continues in-line with the upcoming negotiations.   Let us remind ourselves that we are celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome this year. This marks the moment of Europe coming together,… » read more

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