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  • With key responsibilities such as leading the College of Commissioners; setting, together with the College, the European Union's policy agenda; and representing the EU abroad, the candidate must have previous experience as prime minister or other high-ranking minister with a strategic vision and a strong command of English and preferably other languages. These are the unwritten pre-requisites to be a contender in the so-called Spitzenkandidaten process.
  • The EU’s management machines no longer represent the reality of Europe’s increasingly vibrant, diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-racial societies.
  • Since 5 March 2009 (more than nine years ago), when interest rates were lowered to 0.5 percent in the U.K., we have not seen much action despite all the talk and promises of higher interest rates. And inaction of interest rates has come mostly as a surprise as projections on interest rates were always much higher than what was later delivered by the central bank (see image below).
  • The group, which includes WRAP, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP), published its list of agreed recommendations last week, including the call for an introduction of a universal list telling brands what is and what is not deemed recyclable. According to the group, this would allow packaging to be labelled “more clearly and consistently” for the benefit of consumers.
  • “The vote was one of anger, for some fear, for others hope, but above all, it showed that these feelings were no longer contained by traditional politics,” says Marco Damiliano, director of the weekly L’Espresso.

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Events

Western Balkans leaders pledge to work together on deepening integration through trade and investment

Convening at the World Economic Forum Strategic Dialogue on the Western Balkans, leaders agreed three priority areas for action: trade and investment through public-private cooperation; building out the region’s digital ecosystem; and enabling the next generation of leaders

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Analyses

3 priorities for the future of the Western Balkans

As Europe is confronted by different visions about its future, the question remains how these different visions will affect the developments in the Western Balkans. The Balkans remain fragile, and the external pressures and internal divisions could deliver fresh instability in the region

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Analyses

China, the Western Balkans and the EU: Can three tango?

With China pouring loans into the Western Balkans, the EU must step in to ensure this money benefits the region

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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018

Political, economic and social fractures risk dividing us, by fostering intolerance, indecision and inaction. The Davos meeting will call for leaders to work together in more than 400 session in order to create a shared narrative that will improve the state of the world

With the presence of the European Institutions and the International Rating Agencies in the Capital Link Forum

The Institutions underlined that after years of recession, Greece is slowly returning to a period of economic growth and aims to position itself as an attractive investment and business destination

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Sustainable Investment Forum

The Sustainable Investment Forum – the largest finance-focused event took place during New York Climate Week, was back for its second edition on 19 September 2017

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

World Economic Forum: Western Balkans’ assets can help it control its destiny

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It's not too early for Barnier to throw his hat in the ring

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Waiting For Europe, waiting For Merkel

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10 lessons from 1930s Germany for democracies today

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Editor’s Column

US sanctions against Russia are threatening European industrial giants

By: N. Peter Kramer

They are going, cap in hand, to President Donald Trump this week. First Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and later in the week Germany’s Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel

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