Daniel Gueguen

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The United Kingdom wants to leave the EU, Catalonia wants to get back in! Two curiously star-crossed destinies that raise a disturbing question: does national sovereignty still exist? The answer, a cruel one, is ‘no’. National sovereignty no longer really exists, a fact that frustrates the independence wishes of some and the emancipation of others.… » read more

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The long-awaited Delegated Acts Register has arrived but that doesn’t mean an end to the usual opacity, as we can see with files like formaldehyde and the on-going reform of supplementary protection certificates (SPC). The latter is an IP tool that extends patent rights by 5 years, helping manufacturers of pharma and plant health products… » read more

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Britain’s business world sees the transition period as a positive achievement, but for the UK it would be like jumping out of the EU plane without a parachute!   Is Brexit inevitable? Could a ‘no go’ scenario be worked out? No, according to EU officials I consulted off-the-record, because the UK is blocked by internal… » read more

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A few weeks ago, a consultant specialised in ‘e-reputation’ offered his services to me. I Googled him, and not without surprise, I discovered that…he has a bad reputation! From that moment, any possibility of us working together went out the window. Every lobbyist has two assets: credibility and a network. A bad reputation kills credibility.… » read more

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L’acquis communautaire, c’est-à-dire l’ensemble des lois et règlements de l’UE applicable aux Etats membres s’élève à plus de 14.000 textes (1.685 directives et 12.410 règlements). Le lendemain du Brexit cette masse législative continue à s’appliquer aux 27, mais aussi …. au Royaume-Uni, … ce qui surprendrait au plus haut point les citoyens britanniques s’ils en… » read more

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The European Union acquis – that is, the body of EU laws and regulations applicable to Member States – comes to over 14,000 texts in total (1,685 Directives and 12,410 Regulations). The day after Brexit, this legislative mass will continue applying to the 27…but also to the United Kingdom. This is something that would greatly… » read more

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S’agissant des vacances d’été, les rythmes scolaires et rythmes des lobbyistes ne vont pas de pair. Tandis que les congés d’été des écoliers tendent à se réduire, ceux des lobbyistes européens tendent à s’allonger. Cette année donne aux observateurs le sentiment non plus d’un pont du mois d’août, mais quasiment d’un viaduc – que dis-je… » read more

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Le premier sondage d’opinion date de 1936 pour l’élection du Président Roosevelt. Un magazine national au terme d’un vote fictif de 10 millions d’américains prévoit la défaite de Roosevelt. Gallup établit un échantillon représentatif et anticipe la victoire de Roosevelt qui obtiendra 62% des voix. Conclusion : mieux vaut un petit échantillon représentatif qu’une consultation… » read more

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The first opinion poll dates from 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected US President. Following a notional vote by 10 million Americans, a national magazine predicted Roosevelt’s defeat. Gallup took a representative sample and anticipated Roosevelt’s victory with 62% of votes. The conclusion: a small representative sample is worth far more than consulting everybody.… » read more

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