Posts in "Analysis" Category

G7 Italy: all eyes on Taormina

The 43rd G7 summit will be held on May 26-27 in Taormina, Sicily. It brings together the Heads of State and Government of the world’s seven most industrialised economies: United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Canada. President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will be representing the European Union.

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How Europe can make the most of health’s tech revolution

It has become a truism to talk about how information technologies have transformed our world beyond recognition. Like many other evolving sectors, rapid advances are being seen in healthcare, from smarter drugs, wearable devices and connected processes. One of the most exciting revolutions has been the development of digital health, bringing together digital analytics and gene mapping technologies to make treatments more personalised and precise.

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2017 French Presidential Election

Emmanuel Macron massively defeats the National Front but still needs to win the legislative elections

Recap

  • The 2017 French presidential elections took place on April 23 and May 7, 2017. No candidate won a majority in the first round so a runoff was held between the top two candidates: Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front
  • Registered voters: 47.6 million
  • Abstention rate: 25.4%
  • Spoiled and blank votes: 8.5%
  • The Constitutional Council will announce the official election result on May 10. Emmanuel Macron will take office on May 14, and announce his appointees for Prime Minister and governmental ministers
  • Following the presidential election, legislative elections will take place on June 11 and 18. La République En Marche! will present candidates in each of the 577 constituencies. Depending on the new parliamentary majority, the PM and governmental ministers may change.

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Why ageing Europe is gathering momentum and ready for a paradigm shift

Few people celebrate the first wisps of white in their hair. Politicians are likewise reluctant to address the passage of time.

They should, especially in Europe. The Old Continent is ageing. In many corners, its population is shrinking. But although this is part of a decades-long trend, it is barely mentioned by leaders, who try to treat the inevitable as a taboo. This is potentially disastrous: unless Europe tackles its demographic crisis, it could face a perilous future.

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Brexit, an EU-Japan free trade agreement and business

The need to enhance predictability

Brexit, with all its different scenarios, has introduced a major factor of uncertainty for Japanese business. The demand of Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister,
towards his UK counterpart to “enhance predictability” has yet to be answered.

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Brexit begins: What this means for business

A full nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union in its historic referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has finally triggered the exit talks. On 29 March, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow hand-delivered her six-page letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. It formally invoked Article 50 of the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon, the five paragraphs and 262 words that outline the process for terms of withdrawal from the EU. “I am writing to give effect to the democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom. I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union,” she wrote, solemnly starting the clock for two years of exit negotiations.

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