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Germany’s EU Council Presidency is Coming to an End, but the Financial Sector’s Digital Transformation is Here to Stay

Even with Germany’s EU Council Presidency coming to an end, it is expected that digital transformation in the financial sector will still be a widely discussed topic in 2021, in particular, as it intertwines with other legislative plans at the European level...
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2020 US Election: The Impact on Europe

Voting in the U.S. presidential election is over, and as of this writing, it is still unclear who will be the next leader of the free world. While the dust settles overseas, many in Europe ask themselves: What will the next four years bring for Europe?..
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How Europe Responded to the Black Lives Matter Movement

The summer of 2020 felt like a historical turning point. As the pandemic continues to unravel across the region and disrupt every aspect of society, from workplaces to education, the unprecedented support for the Black Lives Matter movement in Europe offered a glimpse of hope...
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Four Questions on Brexit: Perspectives from Brussels, London and Berlin

With the post-Brexit trade negotiations picking up speed by late-2020, uncertainties are growing on both sides of the channel. Statements from representatives of the European Union and the United Kingdom are becoming harsher by the day and the danger of a “no-deal” with unprecedented effects on both sides’ economies is still looming. In these turbulent times, businesses need to establish clarity about the status quo and focus on their immediate priorities to safeguard their operations...
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Strange Bedfellows – EU and Chinese Dreams on Divergent Paths

Both the United States and China have been trying to engage Europe as a counterweight amid their rivalry. Despite China’s wish to sustain a cordial relationship, the EU’s harder stance towards China on a range of issues leaves more questions than answers...
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Von der Leyen’s Gambit: Turning Citizens into Champions of a European Health Union

As health policy is a hot topic in a COVID-19 world, it was hardly surprising that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen opened her State of the European Union address on 16 September with four health proposals. In the pre-COVID-19 era, EU health policy would rarely have been the first item on the presidential agenda, but plenty has changed this year...
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Solidarity, Sovereignty, Strength? What GAIA-X and the German Presidency Could Mean for the EU

Achieving technological sovereignty is one of the EU’s key priorities, not just in terms of its digital agenda, but also its strategic autonomy and place in the world. While digital hasn’t always been Europe’s strength, if German leadership can foster solidarity it may help Europe achieve its goal...
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Future-proofing the Orphan Regulation

The current Orphan Regulation was written at a time when nobody could have foreseen how medical science and digital technologies would transform health. The need for future-proofing the Regulation is clear...
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Leadership for Global Security: Can Germany be an Honest Broker?

2020 is a turbulent year and global leadership is in short supply. But as the United States is focused inwards, the UK is hampered by Brexit, France is in perennial economic crisis, and China and Russia are engaged in promoting their own political priorities. Can Germany fill the void?..
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Down to the Wire

Every seven years the EU is convulsed by negotiations over its budget—the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). The narrative is familiar and repetitive: predictions of stalemate and catastrophic breakdown are at some stage transformed into grumpy acceptance of a new deal with sweeteners for everyone. The question is, when will that transformation happen?..
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