The pantarhei europe blog
the pantarhei blog 17: Good riddance 2016!
2016 saw us lose legendary musicians and even a member state, and it made us face terror and fear. 2017 leaves us most of the problems and does not promise any answers. The EU must begin to reinvent itself.
the pantarhei europe blog 16: Why Trump must wait and what national culture means for Public Affairs
Culture and nationality play increasingly a role in our world order and have always been important in Brussels. A balance between being true to your roots and seeking interaction and work with other nationalities is what makes work at the EU level most successful and what is still needed in our current climate of fear and nationalism.
Blog 15 – Groundhog Day in EU Advocacy meetings: why we have it and how to escape
Once all arguments have been exchanged, all cards are on the table, advocacy meetings are in danger of turning into open-ended rituals, no results to ever be expected – to the frustration of everyone. And yet, on some policies, in some sectors, it does not happen once, but over and over again. We take a look at why that happens and how to get out of it.
Blog 14 – Public Affairs in your front yard: why you want to follow EU-US data protection agreements
Ready to pay 50 000 Euro for ignoring data protection rules? Data protection matters to all of us and can come at a hefty price – any social media user is affected by data transfer, as is almost any business. A new EU-US data protection agreement entered into force on 1 August, and it remains to be seen if it is legally sufficient. Here’s why and how you should follow data protection policy negotiations between the EU and the US.
Blog 13 – Doors wide shut – the problem with Barroso’s move to GoldmanSachs
CAN POLITICIANS JOIN COMPANIES THEY REGULATED, OR SHOULD THEY BE PROHIBITED TO DO SO? HOW REVOLVING SHOULD REVOLVING DOORS BE? BARROSO’S MOVE TO GOLDMAN SACHS BRINGS THESE QUESTIONS TO OUR MINDS AGAIN. THIS BLOG LOOKS AT THE OPTIONS: LEARNING FROM PRIVATE BUSINESS AND THEIR NON-COMPETE CLAUSES MAY BE ONE SOLUTION, PUBLIC INTEREST AND PROTEST THE OTHER.
Blog 12 – Democracy sucks: how Brussels deals with free trade
FRUSTRATION NOT ONLY ON THE SIDE OF VOTERS, BUT ALSO ON THE SIDE OF DECISION-MAKERS. JUNCKER WANTS FREE TRADE. BUT HE IS TIRED OF VOTES. HIS PROBLEM: GOVERNING WITHOUT OR EVEN AGAINST THE VOTERS DOES NOT WORK IN DEMOCRACIES. THIS BLOG IS WHY AND HOW THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION SHOULD COMMUNICATE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS.
Blog 11 – Now what? BREXIT and its consequences
AFTER THE BREXIT DECISION, STOCK MARKETS PLUMMET, POLITICIANS RESIGN, EU PASSPORTS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND AMONGST BRITISH EXPATS, IN SHORT: THE EU WORLD IS A MESS. WHILST MOST ARE BUSY RESTORING SOME KIND OF ORDER, WE LOOK AT WHAT GOT US THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Company headquarters and Public Affairs satellite offices are one family, and at the same time two very different worlds – and therefore source of a lot of frustration in Brussels and the home base. Headquarters are driven by business results, the stock exchange,...
Blog 10 – Britain, we love you
THEY HAVE ACTUALLY DONE IT: BRITAIN WILL LEAVE THE EU. APART FROM THE TECHNICAL IMPLICATIONS, HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE BREAK-UP?
The EU ante Brexit
The EU without Britain – months ago, BREXIT did not seem a realistic option. Nobody in Brussels could imagine that the UK referendum could actually result in a decision against the EU. One day before the vote, we are not so sure anymore. Scenarios what will happen to...
Blog 09 – I’m still Brussels – JESUISBRUXELLES: 3 months after terror struck the world of political compromise
3 MONTHS AFTER THE BRUSSELS ATTACKS – TIME TO LOOK BACK. LIFE IS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL. HOW ARE WE COPING? HOW CAN WE COPE? AND WHAT IS OK? A BLOG ON BRUSSELS AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE BRUSSELS PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROFESSIONAL’S LIFE
Blog 08 – Your essential guide to EU lobbying: 4 activities in just 2 hours per week that will boost your influence on politics
COMPANY HEADQUARTERS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SATELLITE OFFICES ARE ONE FAMILY, AND AT THE SAME TIME TWO VERY DIFFERENT WORLDS.WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE WITHIN ONE ORGANISATIONAL BODY?