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Road to recovery dashboard

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Gregor Irwin
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Global Counsel’s recovery dashboard takes the pulse of the global economy. It shows how hot or cold the current recovery is in historical perspective with regards to industrial production, trade, confidence and growth. The dashboard also draws on high frequency data to show the current state of disruption and rebound in G20 economies. In addition, it relies on latest…

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Lithium: the rare mineral that will determine the United States’ green future

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Ben Bassett
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Lithium’s role in the United States’ renewable energy transition and technological advancements is undeniable. Lithium is crucial to a successful increase in electric vehicle production that is necessary to meet net-zero goals, while the same can be said for meeting the ever-growing demand for wearable technology and augmented reality and virtual reality. However,…

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Jostling for position – Is there substance to the Africa summits?

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Isabelle Trick
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In late November, China’s flagship Africa summit, the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) took place in Senegal. In 2022, the EU, the US, Russia, and Japan have all planned major Africa-focused summits. This clustering of Africa + 1 summits has given rise to debates about whether we are witnessing a new intensification of foreign interest in the continent. But is…

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Top in Tech: regulating the gig economy, an unusual EU Council presidency

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Regulating the metaverse

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Conan D'Arcy
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“The metaverse will present new markets and a range of different businesses. There will be a marketplace where someone may have a dominant position.” The comment this week from European Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager marks a remarkable transformation in the metaverse from being a concept few in Brussels had heard of four months ago to an emerging priority in…

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Waste policy: no longer kicked to the kerb

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Charley Roberts
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The covid-19 pandemic has created a hidden problem: the sheer volume of waste generated in response to the health crisis. The environmental cost of covid-19 has been enormous, with an estimated 25,000 tonnes of covid-19 PPE alone having entered the ocean. 

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US data brokers on notice as Congress and regulators sharpen their focus on sector

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Miranda Lutz
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Online clicks and webpage visits have been tracked for decades; now data collection has leapt from the screen to the physical world. In 2020, there were more than 11 bn connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, from appliances to wearable health monitors. That figure is projected to more than double to 27 bn by 2025, according to IoT Analytics. Each one of these devices…

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The geopolitics of development spending

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Jens Presthus
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Jon Garvie, Miranda Lutz, Stephen Adams and Jens Presthus take a deep-dive into the growing prominence of infrastructure spending, exploring how and why it is becoming a geopolitical fault-line between the West and China.

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GC's 2021 Reading List

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Alex Dawson
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At the end of each year, the Global Counsel team has a tradition of sharing among ourselves a selection of our favourite articles, books and podcasts. We also share the list with our network in what has become a staple of GC holiday communications. Some of this informs our day jobs, but most of it can also be filed against the (very) interesting times we live in.

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Examining the UK-Aus FTA and the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement

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Elly Darkin
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Stephen Adams and Elly Darkin unpack two new UK trade deals: the UK-Australia free trade agreement and the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement.

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Global Counsel Holiday Reading List 2021

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Global Counsel Holiday Reading List 2021
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At the end of each year, the Global Counsel team has a tradition of sharing among ourselves a selection of our favourite articles (or podcasts) from the past year for Christmas consumption. We also share the list with our network in what has become a staple of GC holiday communications. 

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Any post-Frost return to ‘diplomacy’ will still leave UK business to fend for themselves in Brussels

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Tom White
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This week’s anniversary of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides a moment for firms to review operational adaptation to Brexit, planned and revised at speed as ‘no deal’ was (partially) avoided last Christmas Eve. However, Lord Frost’s dramatic resignation – and signs that power over EU relations could trickle back from Downing Street to the Foreign Office – is…

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Politics on the pitch – how policymakers are using football to advance their agendas

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Nick Hendrix
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Football and politics have never been entirely separate, but recent developments in the EU and UK have highlighted the utility of the beautiful game to lawmakers and legislators. The European Super League (ESL) exposed a fissure between football’s stakeholders and shareholders and served as a catalyst for politicians to intervene. This culminated in the adoption of the EU…

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Top in Tech: Biden and Brexit - one year on

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Then there were six, again, but time to look to the future

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Geoffrey Norris
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In the aftermath of the largest energy company failure yet, attention in the UK is slowly shifting from the circumstances of Bulb’s administration, to what can be done by the government and regulator. Ultimately, this specific collapse must be seen in the context of the last 5 years, where the prevailing policy wisdom within the UK government has been that customers were…

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Unpacking the US-EU-Japan trilateral partnership

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Alessandro Gangarossa
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What does the US-EU-Japan trilateral partnership mean for trade policy?

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Can the SAT and ACT adapt to a changing college admissions landscape, or does an opening exist for a new model?

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Chris Rinkus
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The US college admissions process is changing as a result of the pandemic, and traditional college entrance exams like the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) face an uncertain future. In the wake of these changes, there is a substantial opportunity for agile new market entrants that offer innovative alternatives to conventional assessments…

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Reviewing the UK’s G7 Presidency: building back better?

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Jon Garvie
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G7 foreign and development ministers will meet this weekend in Liverpool, alongside their ASEAN counterparts. It may be the UK presidency’s final opportunity to draw together the many initiatives which have sprouted under the banner of “build back better”.  The foreign secretary Liz Truss framed the meeting in characteristically ambitious terms, declaring that “I…

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