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    Is Europe ungovernable heading into the 2019 changeover?

    “Europe is back,” “the wind is back in Europe’s sails,” “France and Germany will together propel Europe forward” – oh dear, Italy delivers “stinging rebuke” to Europe, “steps back” from the EU, “issues warning” to Europe, “repudiates Brussels”. A week used to be a long time in politics: this was the mood shift in just half a day from the 2-1 vote by German SPD members to back a third grand coalition (‘GroKo’) with Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2005 to ... Read More
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    Acumen reinforces its healthcare offer with new Strategy Director

    Acumen, a leading public affairs company in Brussels, announced today that Thomas Bols is joining as Strategy Director. He will primarily focus on reinforcing Acumen’s already well-established healthcare practice, bringing specific expertise in assisting healthcare companies and associations with their strategic communications and public affairs projects.

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    “Journalism covers the EU well – for the elite”

    David Gow, Senior Advisor to acumen public affairs, recently moderated the joint Acumen and ECPA event on the future of the Brussels Press Corps. “Journalism covers the EU well – for the elite,” said a 2014 Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism report, Reporting the EU, co-written by Cristina Marconi, an Italian journalist and former habituée of the Berlaymont salle de presse. The rest of us, it added, are badly served. I put this to Bruno Waterfield, EU correspondent for The Times ... Read More
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    Season's greetings from acumen public affairs

     

    Everyone at acumen public affairs wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

    Abigail, Agnès, Alex, Alexandra, Elaine, Eva, Fabienne, George, Giles, Katarina, Maëlle, Maissane, Misachi, Nikos and Sophie

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    Droning on: can Europe really be a global leader in drone policy?

    Agnès Leroux -  Acumen Account Director and our resident expert ... Read More
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    Brexit: What happens now that Article 50 has been triggered?

    We all knew that it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch British Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter invoking Article 50 be delivered. The letter starts a two-year process through which the UK’s exit from the EU will take place. One thing is certain: the next two years will be quite eventful!

    We have broken the Brexit timeline down into five stages: the triggering of Article 50, preparations for the negotiations, the negotiations taking place, voting on the final deal (in the UK Parliament, European Parliament and European Council) and the UK’s eventual exit, with or without a transitional deal in place. Click on the picture below to access the timeline.

     

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    The week in Brussels by Elaine Cruikshanks: It’s like 1998 all over again

    Cast your mind back to 1998. The Good Friday Accord ... Read More
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    European Commission proposes changes to comitology procedure

       Download pdf here The European Commission published on 14 February a legislative ... Read More
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    Health Technology Assessment: what are policymakers talking about?

    Since its inception in 2005, the development of EUnetHTA has ... Read More