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Press Review: This Month in Europe (September 2021)

By |September 21st, 2021|

In its monthly press review, the Federal Trust highlights some of the main events and developments of the preceding month across the European Union in the areas of ‘Monetary and Fiscal Policy’, ‘The Economy’, ‘Security and Defence’, ‘Technology and the Green New Deal’, ‘Politics’, ‘EU-UK Relations’ and ‘The EU Regulatory Agenda’. Monetary and Fiscal Policy How Germany learned to stop worrying and love EU bailouts: [...]

Brexit: Rejoiners should learn from Remainers

By |September 20th, 2021|

Many hoping the United Kingdom will rejoin the European Union one day advocate a gradualist strategy. It is futile, they argue, to rail against the principle of Brexit itself. In time, the economic disadvantages of Brexit will reveal themselves ever more plainly. This in turn will lead to pressure from public opinion for a closer relationship with the EU, perhaps initially through membership of the [...]

Brexit, the Euro and Rejoin

By |September 20th, 2021|

There is much talk amongst erstwhile Remainers that we must not anticipate, let alone advocate, an early British return to the European Union. Some, whose grasp of history is limp, even compare our situation to that of the Jacobites following the failure of the ’45. Many of us are certainly depressed. We are weighed down in particular by two considerations: the scale of the damage [...]

EU and UK trade talks after Brexit

By |September 18th, 2021|

The European Union (EU) has been finalizing multiple trade deals since Brexit, many of which have been painstakingly negotiated over several years.  Meanwhile, the UK government has been hurriedly concluding numerous continuity trade agreements (rolling over former EU deals) and embarking on new ones, raising alarm bells over their quality and benefit to the UK. The EU and UK hold competing trade talks with partners [...]

Why the German election matters, but less so its winner

By |September 18th, 2021|

Germany’s upcoming election will influence the course and direction of the European Union for the coming decade. Irrespective of the exact make-up of the next German government and who will become the new Chancellor, there has been a growing alignment between the main parties on all the key policy issues. This coalescing policy alignment will also be key to maintaining Germany’s influence in Europe following [...]

The UK data regime after Brexit: No good options

By |September 18th, 2021|

How data is managed and shared illustrates even more clearly than geopolitics and trade the catastrophic loss of control that Brexit has brought. If we were still a full and engaged Member State, we would not only be benefiting from a disproportionate share of research funding in the data field but playing a formative role in shaping future EU regulation. Through the "Brussels effect" we [...]

EU Industry Strategy poses risks for UK business post-Brexit

By |September 18th, 2021|

The EU has initiated a new industry strategy designed to enhance the bloc’s health crisis management, to achieve greater Single Market integration and to secure strategic autonomy in managing risks.  This article explores key aspects of this new strategy, while reflecting on associated complexities for UK businesses competing in the EU Single Market. Earlier this year, the European Commission updated the European Union’s (EU) Industry [...]

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