Global Counsel is running a series of webinars and calls with senior officials to keep its global network informed on how Brussels and EU member states are grappling with diverging pressures and expected responses to covid-19, and what these developments will mean for businesses and investors in the mid to long term.  

The series features policymakers, experts and decision-makers from across Europe in conversation with members of our team, including Peter Mandelson, Chairman of GC and former European Trade Commissioner, Tom White, Director and Head of Europe and others from our team of experts.

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Looking East min-series

Poland and Central Europe: black sheep or unicorn?

8 December 2021 | 12pm GMT, 1pm CET

Digital panel discussion with Stanisław Pietrzak, Director, Intelligence, CEC Group; Tom White, Director, Global Counsel; and Anikó Zsebik, Senior Associate for Central and Eastern Europe, Global counsel, to look into the root causes of the current challenges, better understand the domestic debate in CEE countries and discuss possible scenarios for the short and medium-term.

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Germany Bundestag election: from Merkel to Scholz?

GC expert panel discussion with Denzil Davidson, Adviser on EU Institutions; Thomas Gratowski, Senior Practice Lead, MENA; and previous staffer to a member of the Bundestag; and Ana Martínez, Practice Lead for EU Policy discussing their predictions for the outcomes of the German federal elections.

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Reshaping the EU: National politics and EU priorities

Panel discussion with Nicoletta Pirozzi, Head of Programme on the EU at the Istituto Affari Internazionali; Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute; Guillaume Albert, Director of International Coordination at LJ Com; Martin Kobler, Senior Advisor at Berlin Global Advisors; and monitored by Ana Martínez, to discuss key events and priorities in Germany, France, Spain and Italy and how these can influence the EU’s agenda.

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Germany's place in the world after its general election

Panel discussion with Dr Norbert Roettgen, MdB and chairman of the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee, Jeff Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German studies and Peter Mandelson, Chairman of Global Counsel on the future of German foreign policy.Germany's place in the world after its general election.

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Reshaping the EU: the future of EU financial services

In conversation with EU financial services commissioner Mairead McGuinness to assess the progress and challenges of delivering Banking Union, Capital Markets Union and a globally-competitive EU financial services sector.

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Reshaping the EU: Europe’s post-covid recovery plans

Our team of policy experts explore where the commission, council and parliament have chosen to focus their efforts and the political choices of the next few months in the areas of trade policy and the “twin transitions” of the green and digital agendas.

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Reshaping the EU: was Portugal’s push for a social recovery a success

In conversation with Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Foreign Minister and current chair of the general affairs council to review his country’s EU presidency and the EU’s international relationships.

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Reshaping the EU post-covid: Romania on the road of recovery

In-conversation with Anca Dragu, President of the Romanian Senate; and Peter Mandelson, Chairman of Global Counsel to discuss how a new generation of national politicians are spearheading the efforts to create efficient and transparent governance; challenges to the post-covid economic recovery in Romania and the wider region and ways to reinvigorate business environment and attract global investment.

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Reshaping the EU post-covid: Jean Pisani-Ferry and Bronwen Maddox on what’s next for France

Panel discussion with Jean Pisani-Ferry, one of France’s and Europe’s leading thinkers on public policy and economics; Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government; and Lord Mandelson, Global Counsel Chairman to discuss France's future after the pandemic.

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Reshaping the EU post covid: reviewing Germany’s EU presidency

In conversation with Olaf Scholz, Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor, and Peter Mandelson on the priorities of Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU and the bloc’s response to the covid-19 pandemic.

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