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EU Election Results: The first tremors of a political earthquake, or business as usual? NEW
The Lobby 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 12 Minutes ago
Last night’s EU election results can be read in two ways. First, the status quo continues, with European People’s Party (EPP) expected to be the largest political group with 212 seats, followed by the Socialists & Democrats (S&D)...
The “Coffee Table” updated with latest publications NEW
The Lobby 9 Months, 10 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
We have updated the “Coffee table” page with this year’s issues of our BigPictureBrussels – a bi-monthly publication which covers many of the key events in Brussels at the EU level. Everything you wanted to know about EU Summi...
Grayling’s PondHopper October 2013 NEW
The Lobby 9 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Although the talks between the US and the EU were ultimately cancelled last week due to the government shutdown, the EU-US negotiations are moving forward. We are therefore pleased to present you with the October edition of the Pondhopper, Grayling&r...
Lithuania happy to be out of the limelight NEW
The Lobby 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Countries who take over the EU Presidency in the second half of the year always complain that they have drawn the short straw. Sandwiched between the Summer holidays and the Christmas break, these Presidencies like to point out that they only have a...
Grayling’s Espresso – your antidote to Autumn’s approach NEW
The Lobby 1 Year, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
We hope you had a peaceful Summer and are looking forward to what is sure to be a very busy end to 2012! In preparation for the annual “Autumn onslaught” – or perhaps to take your mind of it –Grayling Brussels is pleased to present you with i...
The new EU Airports Package proposals – In discussion with Brian Simpson MEP NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
In the first of a series of interviews with EU policy experts and decision makers, Brian Simpson the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee exchanges with Grayling’s Kevin Doran on the Airports Package that is curre...
Greek Crisis takes EU Leaders one step closer to a European Banking Union NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 1 Month, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The latest Grayling BigPictureBrussels explains that: Two mainstream parties in Greece managed to achieve a majority in the weekend’s elections and are likely to form a government of national unity to press ahead with the terms of the country’s b...
To bond or not to bond? NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 1 Minute ago
France and Germany do Battle over Eurobonds EU leaders agree that Greece should remain in Eurozone – but stick to its bailout conditions. New French President François Hollande not shying away from doing battle with Chancellor Merkel over Eurobond...
EU set to go it alone on financial transactions tax NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 2 Months, 13 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
This articles comes fromt he Grayling Brussels Espresso May 2012 edition. The Commission is proposing that Member States place a minimum tax of between one-tenth and one-hundredth of one percent on a range of financial trades. Although these proporti...
On the blessings of escaping daltonism NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Blessed with offices with a park-view, it has been hard not to notice the veritable explosion that has taken place over the last ten days: spring has finally come to Brussels! What was grey and brown has once more become green. And how fitting that g...
“Do you wanna take this outside?” – EP plans to take on European Council NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The newly elected European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced in an interview that he is going to try to “put the European Parliament in a confrontation with the heads of government.” The reason behind this is that, in Mr Schulz’s vi...
Schengen – Always a Welcome Scapegoat NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Handling the Euro-crisis demonstrates the unity of the continent, but when it comes to open borders and immigration, European leaders show a different face. No more queues and controls at the borders of European countries – Schengen makes it po...
2014: Making the next European elections truly European? NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
It’s hardly news anymore when we hear about voter apathy and declining turnout for European elections. So how do we make people care about a ballot that is usually seen as little more than a halftime show between general elections? One option is to...
Greece: The End of the Affair? NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
This morning we wake up to news that – finally – Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to bail out Greece for the second time to the tune of €130 billion. The “aid”, as it is referred to (making Greece sound like a third world country) is...
Grayling takes Big Picture of the Danish Presidency NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 7 Months, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The latest BigPictureBrussels from Grayling looks at the political priorities of the Danish Presidency of the EU and the likely impact Denmark will make during its 6 month term. Denmark takes on the Presidency of the European Union at a time of crisi...
Jonathan Wilkinson retires NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
On 12 December Jonny Wilkinson announced that he is retiring from international test rugby. “Jonny Who?” non-rugby fans may ask. “And why is there sporting news on a blog dedicated to the world of EU affairs?” ask other readers. So, who is Jo...
Does Europe have the Stomach for a new Treaty? NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Could another Treaty change be on the cards? European leaders still bearing the scars of the tortuous ratification of the Lisbon Treaty are now having to contemplate the prospect of re-writing the rule-book to accommodate further fiscal integration o...
Support the Grayling Team & spread the word! NEW
The Lobby 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
As you know the Grayling team are a diverse bunch of people – not only do we come from 15 different countries, we also have various ranges of physical fitness – some of us are fitness fanatics, others like to pick up the bat and ball occasionally...
Grayling Espresso on Polish Presidency NEW
The Lobby 3 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Grayling is proud to present you with the latest edition of Espresso, which this month focuses on the Polish Presidency. Articles include: An introduction by the General Manager of Grayling Poland, Ewa Szejner, on the “inside view” of the Preside...
Pig eats chicken, chicken eats pig? NEW
The Lobby 3 Years, 2 Weeks, 9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
After contaminated meat and bone meal fed to cows was found to be the cause of mad cow disease, the European Union ten years ago put a total ban on the use of meat meal in feed for animals bred for food production. “I’m no cannibal…...