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Guest blog post by Chris Torney, ABN AMRO. It may still be unclear exactly what the impact of Britain’s departure from the EU will be, but there are still countless opportunities to grow your business. The British economy has proved to be more resilient than many people expected in the wake of last summer’s referendum… » read more

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Guest post by Jo Antoons, Partner, and Andreia Ghimis, EU Legal Affairs Specialist, Fragomen. On January 17, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, gave a speech explaining what she and her team understand ‘Brexit means Brexit’ is to be in fact. She took a strong stance, highlighting that her government prefers losing access to the… » read more

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Guest post by Bogdan C. Enache, former Bucharest journalist. Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, followed by the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, as well as its increasingly belligerent behaviour in its neighbourhood, and even overseas, has rightly generated considerable anxiety among Eastern European countries. Although covered by the collective security arrangement provided by… » read more

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Guest blog post by Christian Borggreen, Brussels Director at Computer & Communications Industry Association. The French and German Interior Ministers called this week for EU legislation which could undermine the use of encryption in communication in Europe. Worse still, a European Commission spokesperson appeared to endorse this proposal by stating that “encryption technology should not… » read more

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Guest blog post by Bernardo Pereira Spain’s Rajoy government is driving the country’s energy policy, and the nuclear interests of big industry players Iberdrola, Endesa and GasNatural Fenosa, into a full up-front collision with non-nuclear neighbour Portugal. As the deadline to decommission the old Almaraz nuclear power plant approaches, owners are planning to build a… » read more

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Guest blog post by Ayaz Rzayev, Expert Adviser in the Foreign Policy Analysis Department of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The arrest of Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian blogger who was detained in Belarus and then extradited to Azerbaijan to stand trial, prompts a salient question about the… » read more

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“Energy has always been a strategic element for national governments, which they had to control in order to signal strength and power. In the new energy world, national borders will not have the same meaning anymore.” says Jo Leinen, German S&D Member of the European Parliament. His colleague Benedek Jávor, Hungarian Member of the European… » read more

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Guest blog post by Margit Schratzenstaller and Danuše Nerudová. The debate about tax-based own resources, which as “genuine own resources” may (partially) replace current own resources funding the EU budget, is as old as it is controversial. On the one hand, Núñez Ferrer (2008) and Begg (2011) rightly stress that the current EU system of… » read more

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Guest blog post by Ann Cairns, President International for Mastercard, responsible for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside North America. For too long financial inclusion has been considered an issue which mainly affects the developing world. In fact, according to recent Mastercard research, over 130 million people are unbanked or underbanked across… » read more

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