China’s plan to resurrect its 2,000 year-old Silk Road trading route is bringing much-needed foreign investment to the Balkans, but Beijing’s growing soft power is undermining European Union influence in the region and threatens to set standards of business conduct that fall below the West’s expectations.
In October this year Prime Minster Theresa May appeared confident about developing a deep and special partnership with the EU – stating plainly “the ball’s in your court”.
Over the last couple of years, the world has seen a race to develop the best expertise in financial technology – boosted and supported by technological evolution, availability of funding, increased support from governments and regulators and changing customer appetite and expectations.
While many of Europe’s weaker economies are under fire for failing to manage ballooning trade deficits, Germany is feeling the heat for its huge trade surplus, with the most recent salvo fired by the US.
Juncker, May, Macron, Merkel, May again. They have all said a lot about Europe in recent days. Juncker delivered his State of the EU speech, May held her big Brexit speech in Florence.
Applications for British citizenship from the 14 “original” EU member countries including Germany, France and Italy have more than tripled since the year before the Brexit referendum, analysis has revealed. Home Office data show that just under 14,000 nationals from the so-called EU14 group applied for citizenship in the year to June 2017, compared with
Last week, Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced an investigation into the impact of international students on the UK. Kamal Rahman, Head of Immigration at Mishcon de Reya, featured in the 'letters to the editor' in The Times commenting on this development. "The government’s commitment to attracting the “brightest and best” to the UK has
Summer feels like it is already here. Given the upcoming electoral calendar the political temperature will also likely rise.
Sweden’s Scandinavian Water Technology has invented a detergent-free washing machine system, which may transform the way millions wash their clothes, saving an incredible 1kg in carbon emissions for every 5kg of laundry.
It might only be a procedural step but this week marked another important pre-Brexit negotiations milestone. The Council of Ministers’ General Affairs Council (GAC) formally approved its Brexit “negotiating directives”, the final procedural hurdle ahead of the start of negotiations proper.
Mrs May alone can explain her motivation for calling an early election. Rumours and speculation abound about her precise reasoning but a general consensus on her prime motivation seems to be: reinforcing her legitimacy to deliver Brexit.
The UK has always had a love/hate relationship with France. But when it comes to May’s Brexit Britain, that distinguished honour might soon be usurped by Poland.