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    Discussing Future Challenges with Anne Bucher, DG SANTE

    Acumen Partner Elaine Cruikshanks was delighted to chair the AECA Round-Table Conference-Luncheon with Guest Speaker Ms Anne BUCHER, Director General of DG SANTE (Health and Food Safety) at the European Commission. The event was hosted by Mr. David EARNSHAW, Associate Vice President Public Policy Europe & Canada at MSD Belgium and held at De Warande in Brussels on Wednesday 11th September 2019. The round-table invited guests to discuss “ DG Health and Food Safety – Main Achievements under the Juncker Commission and Future Challenges”. ... Read More
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    “An EU that protects”: the old guard’s leitmotif in a new order?

    The relief on Ursula von der Leyen’s face was palpable. She had just been approved as Commission President by the European Parliament with a majority of nine votes. Von der Leyen is in many ways the embodiment of the Brussels old guard. A North-Western European Christian Democrat with impeccable federalist credentials, she and her peers find themselves very much in a new order. This is one where the centre-right (EPP) / centre-left (S&D) “grand coalition” the two largest parties fought so ... Read More
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    #EUWHATSNEXT - The Von Der Leyen problem

    By David Gow "We had, I admit, a very bumpy start together,” an emollient Ursula Von Der Leyen told a hostile hearing of Green MEPs last Wednesday (July 10), at one of several gruelling hearings in the European Parliament. The surprise nominee to be European Commission President remains far from certain of winning majority support (374 votes, taking into account 2 missing Catalan MEPs) when MEPs decide on her fate tomorrow evening. Some sources have put her chances at 50/50, although others ... Read More
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    Elaine Cruikshanks and Giles Keane Top Consultants - BestInBrussels.eu

    We are very proud to announce that two of our ... Read More
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    #EUWhatsNext - Three key takeaways from the EU elections

    Liberals and Greens become kingmakers As predicted, the centre-right EPP and ... Read More
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    #EUWhatsNext - Populism on the rise, but not in power. Yet.

    Populism on the rise, but not in power. Yet.

    #EUWhatsNext

    As the first wave of Europeans chooses their representation in the next Parliament, we conclude our tour of Europe with an overview of the #EP2019 election, its possible impact on sectoral policies and future balance of power in Brussels.

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    #EUWhatsNext - Austria's fine line towards the EU elections

    The past two years have been a rollercoaster in Austrian politics, especially with regards to the EU: early general election, a ruling coalition with a far-right party, the EU Council Presidency, the Ibiza scandal, and now the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.

    So, #EUWhatsNext?

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    #EUWhatsNext - A meaningless vote

    Acumen is publishing a special blog series in the run-up to the European elections in May 2019. Today we focus on what's happing in the UK.

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    #EUWhatsNext - Finland in control: progression or regression?

    Acumen is publishing a special blog series in the run-up to the European elections in May 2019. Have a look at what's happening in Finland ahead of their EU Council Presidency starting in July.

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    Lithuania: Presidential Election Fever but European Election Apathy

    Acumen is publishing a special blog series in the run-up to the European elections in May 2019. Today it's all about Lithuania.

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