Cabinet reshuffles and COVID-19 countermeasures for the festive season

by RPP
Weekly European political updates

Cabinet reshuffles and COVID-19 countermeasures for the festive season

Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.    


United Kingdom

Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings has left his post with immediate effect, in a move likely to shepherd-in a less centralised model of government away from Johnson’s private office in Number 10 Downing Street. The move also represents the departure of key members of the Vote Leave campaign from the 2016 Brexit referendum – Johnson’s Director of Communications Lee Cain, heavily involved in Vote Leave along with Cummings, resigned soon before Cummings.

Resetting his administration’s agenda, Johnson signalled a slew of policy announcements which will be announced over the coming weeks, including a renewed focus on shoring up the ‘blue wall’ of newly elected Conservative MPs in former Labour heartlands in the north of England, in tandem with the Conservative ‘levelling up’ agenda of tackling social and regional inequality. ‘Levelling up’ will be driven by a new 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” centered in northern post-industrial towns, propelled by an additional £4 billion of new spending across several years.


The Netherlands

The Dutch Animal Party has announced two newcomers along with Party Leader Esther Ouwehand on its candidate list, namely Member of the First Chamber Christine Teunissen and Leonie Vestering (who is currently Part Leader of the Animal Party in Flevoland and Almere). The Animal Party has also published its new programme for the upcoming term, in which the party advocates the establishment of a Ministry of Climate and Biodiversity as well as a ban on disposable plastics. The party also wants to pilot a basic income for every Dutch citizen, a significant reduction in aviation and a stop to the bio-industry.



Regions with a high incidence rate, such as Valencia, Castilla La Mancha, Cantabria, Navarra, and Catalonia, have closed down their borders and implemented other security measures. Notwithstanding this, as epidemiological data improves in Catalonia, the regional government intends on reopening bars and restaurants as of 23 November, after a month of forced closure. Furthermore, family gatherings over Christmas are expected to be limited to 10 people. Although the de-escalation process seems to be kicking off in regions such as Catalonia, health authorities have erred on the side of caution.



WithCOVID-19 deaths exceeding the 100 mark, Health Minister Chris Fearne noted that public gatherings are not to exceed 6 people, both outside and inside over the festive season. Nonetheless, he stated that the countermeasures seem to be working due to the daily constant figures.


You can find more information on European news in our EU national elections heatmap, where we provide an overarching perspective with key political insight for individual countries. Make sure to check it here


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