Analysis

Publicis/Omnicom: regulators and the global market for marketing

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5 Aug 2013
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Regions: 
Americas,
Asia,
EU/Eurozone,
Multilateral

Nothing raises anti-trust eyebrows like a mega merger, and the proposed Publicis/Omnicom combination last week is certainly that. The deal will have to be approved by competition regulators in Europe, the US and Asia. The companies themselves are confident of regulatory approval for the merger,...

European Banking Union one year on: a guide for non-bankers

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19 Jul 2013
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

July 2013 marks one year since European governments committed to the creation of a ‘banking union’ in the EU. In their own way each of the three steps taken by European leaders since June 2012 has suggested that there is little real distinction between banking union and political union in Europe...

EU-China solar wars: the political limits of EU 'trade defence'

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28 Jun 2013
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Regions: 
Asia,
EU/Eurozone

This week EU officials have been in Beijing working out a negotiated settlement to the EU-China dispute over low-price solar panel exports to Europe. The case has seen the European Commission’s attempts to take a tougher line on Chinese subsidy practice, and enforce European ‘trade defence’...

Scotland's Choice

5 Apr 2013
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

On the 18th September 2014 Scotland will hold a referendum on the single question, “Should Scotland become an independent country?”Campaign activity on both sides is underway, and the debate has begun. The end of the summer break and the publication in the autumn of the SNP...