US ROLLBACK OF DIPLOMATIC AND INTERNATIONAL AID PROGRAMS

The U.S. State Department faces cuts of nearly 29 percent, with $10 billion shaved off its core program funding under proposals to eliminate climate-change initiatives and to slash foreign aid, contributions to the United Nations and cultural exchanges.

WHY THIS PARANOIA ABOUT PUTIN, RUSSIA?

Author: Jonathan Porter

"The state of being vigorously anti-Russian Vladimir Putin is becoming out of control. It is in danger of becoming pathologiccal and self-destructive. What does the West gain in the long run if it sees nothing ahead but being anti-Russian?

The West is in danger of having embarked on a journey to nowhere. Russia is not going to change significantly in the near future. The very close Putin/Dimitri Medvedev team are going to remain the saddle for a long time. If Putin is here to saty we have to deal with him in a courteous and constructive way. 

POPULARITY OF FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

28 March 2017

1st Round

Marine Le Pen

  1. 26.0% (Opinionway)
  2. 25.0% (IPSOS)
  3. 25.0% (IFOP)
  4. 20.9% (Brand Analytics)

Emmanuel Macron

  1. 25.5% (IFOP)
  2. 24.0% (IPSOS)
  3. 24.0% (Opinionway)
  4. 23.1% (Brand Analytics)

François Fillon

  1. 23.6% (Brand Analytics)
  2. 20.0% (Opinionway)
  3. 18.0% (IPSOS)
  4. 17.5% (IFOP)

Jean-Luc Melanchon

BREXIT NEGOTIATORS WHO'S WHO

1. European Commission Negotiating Team

THE COUNCIL OF BARS AND LAW SOCIETIES OF EUROPE (CCBE)

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) is the representative organisation of more than 1 million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies from 32 full member countries, and 12 further associate and observer countries. The CCBE is an international non-profit-making association incorporated in Belgium. The CCBE is at the forefront of advancing the views of European lawyers and defending the legal principles upon which democracy and the rule of law are based.

UK PROPOSED PRINCIPLES FOR DISCUSSION (ART. 50 NOTIFICATION)

  1. We should engage with one another constructively and respectfully, in a spirit of sincere cooperation. The United Kingdom does not seek membership of the single market: we understand and respect your position that the four freedoms of the single market are indivisible and there can be no "cherry picking". We also understand that there will be consequences for the UK of leaving the EU: we know that we will lose influence over the rules that affect the European economy.

THE CHALLENGE OF FRENCH COMPANIES

The impact of new regulations is a major issue for businesses and in-house lawyers in French companies must tackle upstream the elaboration of policies that could apply tomorrow to their company.

There is however a dichotomy in France between the Public Affairs and the Legal Department and this division is harmful as it restricts in-house lawyers’ participation in the lobbying process. Public affairs is often at the heart of public policy advocacy activity without having the necessary technical competencies of an in-house lawyer when debating a draft law.

RANKING OF US LAW FIRMS LOBBYING EARNING PRACTICES

EUROPEAN COMPANY LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

ECLA is the umbrella organisation for 17 company lawyer associations in Europe and represents common interests of European company lawyers.

ECLA was created in 1983. It is an international non-profit association governed by Belgian law. Membership is open to national associations only. While individuals are not members of ECLA directly, each company lawyer, who is a member of a national association, can share the benefits ECLA negotiates. These include discounts to conferences, legal education, training, free publications and more.

BREXIT TENTATIVE CALENDAR

Important Note: Until the process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this. According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member.

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