In the Brexit home stretch it looks like nobody is happy, which is a situation that negotiators and their backers often encounter and no one should extrapolate any great conclusions from the recent commentary or resignations of leading actors...
The days of a foreign power deciding how many people can live in the UK are rapidly closing. On any date past March 29, 2019 the UK government could decide to radically alter the future of Great Britain. And...
"Name five benefits of a Hard Brexit" someone asked recently, which conveniently forms the basis of a useful discussion. So then, let's have it: The UK instantly saves £39 billion pounds. The UK will no longer need to pay...
As the official Brexit date of March 29, 2019 approaches the main sticking point to an orderly Brexit now appears to be the lack of agreement between the UK and the EU on whether or not there will be...
Theresa May naively assumed that if she could just come up with the 'right' Brexit deal the EU would sign it and life would be good for citizens on both sides of the English Channel forever, and ever, and...
EU leaders had been heard praising Theresa May's Chequers plan in recent days and no doubt, she was in fine spirits as she flew to meet EU leaders in Salzburg Austria... only to find that her well-intentioned plan was...
"KPMG predicts economic growth of 1.4 per cent next year, but cuts this to 0.6 per cent if Britain leaves the EU without a deal." -- The Times While some firms predict slower than normal growth for the UK economy...
Fishing boats from France and the UK clash in international waters off the French coast While my head is with the British fishermen attacked yesterday for legally scraping for scallops in international waters, my heart is with the French fishermen...
For all the talk about negotiating a reasonable Brexit deal with the EU, not much negotiating has happened almost 2 1/2 years on from the EU referendum in which a majority of UK voters informed the government to make...
Assuming European politicians can't get their act together enough to craft a reasonable Brexit deal that works for both sides by March 29, 2019 Europe will be faced with a WTO Brexit which is known colloquially as a 'Hard...
Only 237 days to go until the official Brexit date of March 29, 2019, and only microscopic progress has been made on crafting a 'Win-Win' divorce deal. Such is the state of affairs that exists (1) within the UK, (2)...
By now, we all know Theresa May, Britain's Prime Minister since July of 2016. 'Articulate deal-seeker who vocalizes well-written speeches on behalf of the UK and a Prime Minister offering the sweetest divorce deal in history.' And yet in Austria on...
In the land of Brexit some has been lost while much has been gained in this, the summer of concession. Thus far, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, held a firm but fair meeting at...
"The Brexit Committee has warned that even under the most optimistic scenario, there may not be enough time to complete all necessary work before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. The Brexit Committee report also calls for...
Airbus Execs Say Company May Leave the UK in a 'Hard Brexit' Scenario The most obvious thing in the world has finally occurred and the only surprise is that it took so long! Yesterday, Airbus said it would “reconsider its footprint...
Exploring space is fun, isn't it? From the Sputnik launch in 1957, to the Apollo mission putting man on the Moon in 1969, to the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 that are now the farthest human-made objects to travel...
Few things are as useful to countries as membership in a progressive organization with business links around the world. For the 53 Commonwealth of Nations members meeting in London this week it's a chance to discuss ideas, policies, united positions...
Unlike the south of Ireland which broke away from Great Britain in a gradual process that began in 1921 and completed in 1949, the 6 northern counties of Ireland remained loyal to the United Kingdom over the past 477...
Time is running down on the Brexit clock (399 days and counting!) and the default path seems the only way that will allow a smooth and orderly Brexit in a timeframe that could be construed as reasonable to British...
A new report by a prestigious polling firm says that a so-called 'No-Deal' WTO-style Brexit could cost one EU country €5.5 billion over the next two years, as opposed to a Brexit with a trade agreement where losses for...
While UK Prime Minister Theresa May continues to take the path of least resistance towards Brexit (all the while courting and fawning over EU politicians) Conservative backbenchers are said to be considering their chances of staging a coup against...
As European Union negotiators can't see any reason to support Brexit, they will continue to keep the European Union's best interests in mind -- which is to say, they will try to stop, slow, obfuscate, or otherwise derail the...
The People of the United Kingdom voted in the June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum to decide whether to continue their country's EU membership -- a vote won by the 'Leave' campaign with a 52-48 per cent margin of victory. This...
As far as years go, UK Prime Minister Theresa May must be glad to see the end of 2017 as are many others in Britain and around the world. In matters Brexit, it was a year of low-level chaos...
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our...
Just as Theresa May's government appeared to be on the brink of collapse, the European Commission President asked the British Prime Minister to meet him in Brussels to jointly announce that negotiators had achieved the breakthrough needed in order...
It's starting to heat up in Brexit-land after 17 months of jockeying for position, and this month more than any month since June 2016 might indicate whether UK Prime Minister Theresa May's critics are right or wrong. Will Theresa May...
The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Abu Dhabi launched a new Visa Application Centre in the capital city of Abu Dhabi to bring enhanced accessibility and greater convenience to residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...
It's said without Cannes there's no Majestic and without Majestic, no Cannes. In a in-depth piece, Rahma Rachdi analyses the evolution of the world famous hotel from its inception to the present day, and the loyalty it has been...

Cannes 2016

A beautiful casting of notorious directors and glamorous actors With the Cannes 2016 all set to be opened from 11th May to 22nd May, excitement is in the air. The festival will be attended by leading stars and directors from...
8th April 2014 will see the commencement of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai which will see delegates from all over the world, including the Sakha Republic of Russia, for whom this meeting is an inaugural participation. Otherwise...
Tensions mar Kiev on the fourth day following the sudden step-up of an otherwise peaceful protestation at Independence Street, on the 18th February. Ukraine got the first hint of trouble in November 2013 when its national government refused an agreement...
Today's ECB meeting and subsequent speech by Draghi will shape the future outlook in the markets and will define future policy directions. Words used by influential policymakers often work effectively to shape the future of the financial markets. ECB Chairman,...

Merkel’s biggest test

The election of Angela Merkel for a third term highlights lingering and new issues that she will face and how her legacy is defined by her agenda. That Angela Merkel has been elected for a third term shows she has...
European destinations find favour with Middle Eastern travelers, where they spend significantly more than the average traveler and stay longer. According to a study by the leading price comparison site HotelsCombined, Middle Easterners traveling to Europe increased by 45 percent...
EU business leaders are pessimistic and are urgently demanding change -- but remain optimistic on the long-term prospects for prosperity and global prominence. This is the core message of the 2013 'State of the European Union' survey released today...