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Last week the US magazine Newsweek had Emmanuel Macron on its cover as the “Last Man Standing”. Why not? But in an EU looking for direction, the boundary between leaders and followers seems to be reversed. Curiously, the leaders fall into distinct groups, while the followers are individuals. It seems the EU is being driven… » read more

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Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

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Everyone knows the European Parliament (EP) is deficient in terms of technical knowledge, but let’s forget that and talk instead about the Parliament buildings in Brussels. Do they need to be renovated? Restored? Or rebuilt? This month a friendly bird dropped onto our desk a memo – undoubtedly intended to be confidential – that examines… » read more

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The changes made by the Treaty of Lisbon (making the European Council a proper institution, appointing a permanent EU president) and related practices (electing the Commission President via Spitzencandidaten, systematic use of trilogues at first reading) have reduced the European Union to a big bureaucratic body led by a Commission that takes refuge in low-level… » read more

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As I have said 1,000 times, Brexit is a technical issue, not a political one. We see this with the headache of the Irish border. Not re-establishing a physical border is a political goal; failing to do it is a technical obstacle. Already in December 2016, an in-depth conversation with one of the EU negotiators… » read more

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Over the past 10 years, three ruptures have affected the ability of Brussels lobbyists to influence. The first rupture took place in 2010, with the Treaty of Lisbon and related inter-institutional agreements: the creation of delegated acts, remarkably complex procedures for implementing acts, and systematic use of trilogues at first reading. The result was an… » read more

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EPPA and PACT European Affairs are two ‘continental’ EU affairs consultancies in a post-Brexit EU. Operating on the basis of a very similar culture, both firms are built upon technical, political and strategic expertise, an international clientele, multicultural teams, long-standing advocacy experience and an intimate knowledge of EU decision-making both in Brussels and in the… » read more

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If the House of Commons, Council and European Parliament are to approve any deal by 29 March 2019, negotiations will need to be done by the end of October 2018 at the latest. Taking into account the summer break, that is basically tomorrow! Not only have talks been advancing at a snail’s pace for months,… » read more

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A petition, an open letter, a blog article – these are all modest contributions. What else can I do? I am just a practitioner. But there is nothing degrading about being a practitioner in European affairs. Because a practitioner is perfectly able to analyse what is good and what is bad in the functioning of… » read more

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