Posts Tagged ‘the eu’

New EU law would allow government to dissolve companies over gender quotas

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

An amendment that would allow governments to dissolve companies that do not adhere to a gender quota system of 40% in senior positions has been passed by the European Parliament today. (more…)

Will Cameron really listen to the calls for an EU referendum?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The pressure over the UK's membership of the EU is mounting on the Prime Minister as Lord Lawson weighs in with a vote to leave and the recently formed Business for Britain calls for major EU renegotiation or for the UK to leave. And do you think that many governments within the EU have the stomach for the upheaval renegotiation would bring? (more…)

Don’t believe the lies about employment laws

Monday, January 14th, 2013

With the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union now very real, the pro and anti-EU camps have started to ramp up the rhetoric about the benefits and costs of belonging to the 27-member club. One the one side, many eminent business leaders from Richard Branson to Richard Lambert worry about the cost to the UK economy (more…)

The view from Berlin

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Last weekend, I was in the German capital, speaking at an investor conference. As is normally the case at these events, there was a nice dinner the night before, and delegates largely took over a nice hotel in the centre of town. (more…)

The EU and the politics of now

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

According to a speech that the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, is set to give today the UK’s unhappiness with the EU is at ‘the deepest it has ever been’. (more…)

Barroso says banking union is the next step

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Arguing that there must be more integration Jose Manuel Barroso, the 11th president of the European Commission, said that a single rulebook for financial services was being put in place. (more…)

Summer lull was only false security

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Unlike previous years, I managed to escape for a proper holiday this summer. Taking almost three weeks to explore exotic climes and wildlife was a great tonic for the manic events that unfolded in the first part of the year. (more…)

Mario Monti kicks the hornet’s nest

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, said yesterday that the euro crisis could well cause the ‘psychological break-up’ of Europe.

In an interview in Sunday’s edition of the German magazine der Spiegel Mr Monti said that national resentments (more…)

Has the IMF lost patience with Europe?

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The euro crisis has continued to rumble on, with increasing signs that Germany is now wrestling with itself about how best to proceed. The spate of letters signed by German academics suggests that opinion is polarising rapidly. (more…)

Spain could be on the brink for some time

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Just two weeks after the last European summit apparently delivered more than was expected, concern has returned to financial markets. In trading yesterday morning, Spain's 10Y borrowing cost were back up above 7%, the level that is assumed to be 'psychologically important' (more…)

EU summit stalemate provides further opportunities for investors

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As hopes of resolving the eurozone crisis dim at the EU summit in Brussels, the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm insists the ongoing situation is presenting possibilities for savvy investors. (more…)

Should the Europeans just give up?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Another week, another euro summit. Another bout of pre-summit rows and recriminations from different national leaders. Even avid long-time watchers of European politics must be getting bored by now. (more…)

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