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Grayling’s Circum Europa – October 2010
Grayling is pleased to share with you the latest edition of its Circum Europa which provides insight on several Member States’ sometimes intricate political situation! In this edition:
- A feature article that will (hopefully) clarify the long and complex history of Belgium’s successive political crisis
- A section presenting the latest political developments in Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, and France
- A section presenting the upcoming political events in Ukraine, Austria, Belarus, and Switzerland
We wish you a happy reading! Please start reading here.
Grayling’s Espresso – October 2010
Grayling is delighted to share with you the October edition of Espresso, our monthly magazine offering insight and analysis on EU affairs.
Ø Communicating the revolution
Ø Steering without the wheel: A story of eurozone governance
Ø An interview with Grayling consultant Bilyana Panteva
To read this month’s issue please click on the image to the left.
If you have any comments please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grayling Update on the Belgian Presidency
On this, the first day of the Belgian Presidency of the EU, Grayling is pleased to present you with its Update on the main issues which will be making the headlines over the next months. You can view the update here.
Belgium, often seen as the EU “in miniature”, is going through its own existential crisis at the current time and has still not been able to reach an agreement to form the new Federal Government following elections earlier this month.
- How will Belgium manage its responsibilities as head of the EU for the next six months?
- How will it work with President Van Rompuy and Baroness Ashton?
- How will it ensure continuity with the Spanish Presidency whilst adapting to latest developments?
- And just who are the main players in the caretaker government who will be leading the Belgian charge?
This Grayling Update takes you through the issues currently facing the EU and provides an insider guide to the country as a whole.
We hope you enjoy it and please do share with us any comments.
Grayling’s Espresso – May 2010 edition
We are delighted to present you with the May edition of Grayling Brussels’ “Espresso”.
In this edition:
The EU Presidency – another game of musical chairs
The European Citizens’ Initiative
An EU CO2 tax?
How companies can and should be using social media; and
Lieneke Slegers on the role of Discussion Groups.
Just click on the image to the left to start reading.
If you have any comments concerning Espresso please do not hesitate to contact the Editor, Robert Francis – email@example.com.
Grayling’s CIRCUM EUROPA – Q2 2010 – Issue 10
We are pleased to present you with the tenth edition of Grayling’s “Circum Europa” which comes, as you will see, in a new lay-out to reflect the new Grayling created by our merger with Trimedia and MMD. Our new colleagues from around our European network have made valuable contributions to this edition.
The feature article of this tenth edition covers Greece, and the economic meltdown in the country. The feature article is followed by a section entitled “Latest Political Developments” which provides a short analysis of key news over the last three months. A third section “Upcoming Political Events” focuses on developments in the pipeline and their possible impact. The report is supported by an informative Appendix which provides key political information for each of the 47 countries (government in power, upcoming elections, etc).
We very much hope that you will enjoy our publication.
Grayling’s Espresso – March 2010 edition
In this month’s issue:
Van Rompuy stakes his claim;
EU diplomatic service – the meaningless battle
Want to know what’s in your food?
Merkel refuses to play leading lady in Greek tragedy….and much more.
Click on the image on the left to access this latest edition of Espresso.
Grayling Update – The Spanish EU Presidency – December 2009
Grayling Brussels is
proud to present you
with its Spanish EU Presidency update.
Grayling’s Espresso – February 2010
Grayling Brussels is proud to present you with the second edition of its new, revamped Espresso – our monthly e-zine. You can access it online by clicking on this link.
In this issue: As the EU gears up so does the new Grayling!; EU 2020 Growth Strategy – All talk and no targets?; The EU as you’ve never seen it before….; and Talander Jansen on association management.
Grayling Brussels New Commissioners Factsheet – February 2010
Grayling Update – New College of Commissioners – December
In the ten days that have followed President Barroso’s announcement of his proposed new team of Commissioners there has been much debate about the candidates:
- Who are they?
- Do they have the relevant expertise for their new portfolio?
- Are there any skeletons in their cupboards?
- What experience can they bring to their new position?
This Grayling Brussels Update profiles each of the candidates individually and provides you with everything you need to know about their past roles in the national administrations, any gossip they have induced in their past lives, and an analysis of whether their country has “won” or “lost” in the allocation of portfolios.
Happy reading and best regards from all of us at Grayling Brussels
Grayling Update – Lisbon Treaty enters into force – 1 December
Do you realise that today is an historic day? With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty the role of the European Union will be changed forever, both at home and overseas.
The questions you should be asking this morning are:
- How will the new Treaty change the way the EU institutions function?
- How does it impact on my business?
- Will my organisation’s lobbying strategy have to be redrawn according to the new political landscape?
To help you respond to these questions and to enable you to better understand the ins and outs of the new EU Treaty, Grayling Brussels has drawn up this latest Update which focuses on what has changed with this Treaty and the impact on business.
Grayling’s Espresso – November 2009
Please have a look at our latest edition of Espresso; a brand new design coupled with quality content ranging from the Lisbon Treaty to the upcoming Copenhagen conference. But there’s more, we will in the coming months introduce you to some of our staff, first up is Jessica who reports from Singapore. Enjoy!
Grayling’s CIRCUM EUROPA – Q3 2009 – Issue 9
We are pleased to present you with the ninth edition of our “Circum Europa”.
The feature article of this ninth edition covers Italy, as Silvio Berlusconi has been making the international newspaper headlines throughout the summer. The feature article is followed by a section entitled “Latest Political Developments” which provides a short analysis of key news over the last three months. The third section “Upcoming Political Events” focuses on developments in the pipeline and their possible impact. Here you will find, amongst others, an article about Germany, where the voters will be called to the polls this Sunday, and fears are rising over another Grand Coalition.
Finally, at the end of the report there is an informative Appendix which provides key political information for each of the 47 countries (government in power, upcoming elections, etc).
We very much hope that you will enjoy our publication.
New College of Commissioners: Forecasts September 2009
Whilst the legislative activity is starting up again in Brussels after a quiet summer break and that José Manuel Barroso has just been confirmed for a second term as Commission President; the race for the key positions in the new Commission intensifies.
As such, Grayling Brussels is pleased to bring you its latest at-a-glance table outlining the most recent gossip on the future composition of the College of Commissioners. It details:
- Who has been confirmed:
- Who is likely to stay;
- Who is likely to depart;
- Which nominations are still up-in-the-air;
- Who already left.
The latest news relating to the Commissioners are highlighted in red and are also available at Grayling Brussels’ blog “The Lobby.” We will be providing you with additional updates in the coming months as developments continue and official nominations for Commissioners are finalised.
We hope that this update provides you with interesting reading and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Välkommen till det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet! – Welcome to the Swedish EU Presidency!
Today marked the start of the much-awaited Swedish Presidency. With the EU elections now ancient history, a new EU Treaty just around the corner, and a new Commission due in the Autumn, Sweden will have much on its plate as far as the EU institutions are concerned. If this was not enough, it will also have to manage the fallout from the financial crisis and move towards a global deal on climate change by the end of the year – merely two of the many issues set to dominate the next six months.
This revamped Grayling Brussels Update takes you through the major topics likely to dominate the latter half of 2009, as well as providing you with a privileged insight into Sweden, the Swedes, and Swedish business culture. We have also included a brief Swedish language lesson for those of you wanting to brush up on your Swedish during the Presidency.
We hope you enjoy this Grayling Brussels Update, and of course if you have any questions or comments or would like any further information about Grayling Brussels please do not hesitate to contact us.
On behalf of all of us at Grayling Brussels – “Skål!”
Grayling Update – European Summit 18-19 June
Last week’s EU Summit marked the swan song of an eventful and at times controversial Czech Presidency. This Grayling Brussels Update brings you up to date with the discussions and analyses the decisions taken and their wider impact on the EU and the next six months.
Supporters of the Lisbon Treaty can breathe a little easier following agreement on the guarantees given to the Irish to encourage them to vote “yes” in this Autumn’s referendum. The identity of the next Commission President is less certain, as despite the Council officially nominating the incumbent José Manuel Barroso for a second term, opposition in the Parliament could yet thwart Mr Barroso’s ambitions to lead the Commission for another five years.
With the Swedes set to take over the EU Presidency from 1 July and with the new Parliament about to begin its deliberations, there is a palpable sense of expectation in Brussels – can Sweden live up to its billing?
Grayling Update – Predictions for the new European Commission
Whilst legislative activity slows in Brussels during the summer months, the formation of the new Parliament continues at a pace and the race for the key positions in the new Commission intensifies.
As such, Grayling Brussels is pleased to bring you its latest at-a-glance table outlining the most recent gossip on the future composition of the College of Commissioners.
- Who is likely to stay;
- Who is likely to depart;
- Potential candidates to replace outgoing Commissioners;
- Which Member States are vying for which portfolios.
Grayling Update – The 2009 European Parliament Election Results
As part of our series of updates on the European Parliament elections, Grayling Brussels brings you everything you need to know about the election results.
This Grayling Brussels Update brings you the inside track on:
- The initial conclusions that can be drawn from the election results;
- The new political composition of the European Parliament;
- The dates for your diary as the new European Parliament takes shape; and
- A taster of who won, who lost and the gossip in all 27 Member States and more…
Grayling’s Hot Chocolate (New York office): May-June 2009
In the next 100 days of the Obama administration, much news and commentary will befocused on healthcare reform, energy and environmental policies, and the impact of the stimulus package as it makes its way into the economy. The effects of the banking bailout is starting to be seen as some banks return to fiscal health while others flunk the ‘stress test’ and are required to raise more capital…
Grayling Update – The 2009 European Parliament Elections
From 4-7 June, citizens across 27 Member States will be at the ballot box to vote a new European Parliament into power. Despite the fact that some 80% of national legislation emanates from Brussels, electoral choices are still likely to be linked to domestic politics. Indeed, in the majority of Member States, voters will use the elections as a referendum on their national political hierarchies.
Given that the European Parliament is having an ever increasing say in EU decision-making, the outcomes of these elections are highly relevant, and hence with this update we aim to give you a first idea of what will happen in June. What will the big vote swings in the Member States? What implications will this have for the EP’s political parties? Which MEPs are leaving? And what will that do to the work and policy priorities of the Committees? Many questions to which this Grayling update hopefully provides the answers…
Grayling’s Espresso – May 2009 – Issue 37
“How open do you want your borders to be?” asks an advertising hoarding on the Place du Luxembourg, the square where young and old Eurocrats come to network, drink, and socialise, basking all the while in the shadow of the European Parliament. The advert – for that is what it is – juxtaposes a castle and a hedge. The image of a hedge is puzzling but the message is clear.
Meanwhile, across the square, the wall of the European Parliament screams “How much should we tame European markets?” Again, the rather bewildering image is of a lion and a household cat sitting harmlessly next to each other…
Grayling’s CIRCUM EUROPA – Q2 2009 – Issue 8
We are pleased to present you with the eighth edition of Grayling’s “Circum Europa”.
The feature article of this eighth edition covers Germany, where the September elections are expected to put an end to the Grand Coalition the country’s population has been frustrated with over the last few years. The feature article is followed by a section entitled “Latest Political Developments” which provides a short analysis of key news over the last three months. A third section “Upcoming Political Events” focuses on developments in the pipeline and their possible impact. The Report is supported by an informative Appendix which provides key political information for each of the 47 countries (Government in power, upcoming elections, etc).
Grayling’s Espresso – February 2009 – Issue 36
By the end of this year there will be a new European Parliament, a new European Commission, and – possibly – a fully ratifed Lisbon Treaty.
The year has begun fitfully however, and fears that the Czechs would struggle to take up the mantle of the Presidency in its initial stages have not proved unfounded. The botched reaction to the Israel-Gaza confict, failure to respond adequately to the gas dispute in Russia and Ukraine, not to mention a misjudged “artwork” outside the Council building does not bode well…
Grayling’s CIRCUM EUROPA – Q1 2009 – Issue 7
We are pleased to present you with the seventh edition of Grayling’s “Circum Europa”.
The feature article of this seventh edition covers Ireland – the country in the EU spotlight after having rejected the Lisbon Treaty last year. The feature article is followed by a section entitled “Latest Political Developments” which provides a short analysis of key news over the last three months. A third section “Upcoming Political Events” focuses on developments in the pipeline and their possible impact. The Report is supported by an informative Appendix which provides key political information for each of the 47 countries (Government in power, upcoming elections, etc).
Grayling’s Espresso – December 2008 – Issue 35
The word “momentous” is often over-used when one looks back at any given year – particularly the one just lived through.
Yet 2008 has been exactly that. As we move forward to 2009, this Espresso looks back at the disappointments, the main events, the winners and losers, and tries to make sense of 2008 in order to foresee events in 2009.
Such has been the global impact of 2008 – the US Presidential elections, the collapse of the Doha trade talks, the world fnancial crisis, to name but three major issues – that 2009 risks becoming something of an anticlimax…