The European Single Market is a Myth

by Simon Gentry, Head of Public Affairs I moved to Brussels in August 1990.  Everyone in the European Commission spoke French then.  The EU only had 12 member states.  Germany was just re-unifying. And the EC – as it was then – had just begun the great, visionary ‘1992’ project, intended to create a pan-Community, single market.  It was a bold and inspiring vision, a … Continue reading The European Single Market is a Myth

Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

The blog below is written by Dicomm Advisors our partner agency in Berlin and one of the leading public affairs advisors in Germany. There have been three regional elections in Germany this year and the results don’t bode well for Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, and now the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of September’s federal election. The latest … Continue reading Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

Talking Brexit in Berlin

Part of the Newgate public affairs team spent time in Berlin last week meeting business and political leaders to discuss Brexit.  Below we set out some of our impressions.  These are obviously in no way scientific, but they do give a flavour of the thinking in Berlin. A deep sense of loss is one way to characterise the feeling in Berlin about the UK’s departure.  … Continue reading Talking Brexit in Berlin

Britain unbound

Britain is indisputably European. Our culture, our way of life, our main religion, our history and, for most of us, our heritage are all European. And yet our experiment at European integration which began in 1972 will begin to draw to a close today when the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, delivers a letter to the President of the European … Continue reading Britain unbound