News from the Capitals #18
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.
‘Partygate’ allegations continue to damage Boris Johnson’s support from the public and from within the Tory Party. Johnson yesterday admitted to attending a party in the No10 garden to which around 100 people were invited and a reported 40 attended while restrictions were in place back in May 2020. Several senior Tory MPs, including Douglas Ross (leader of the Scottish Conservatives), William Wragg, Roger Gale and Caroline Nokes have called for Johnson to resign, however crucially he received support from his Cabinet. These allegations could come to a head as soon as the end of next week when the report by Sue Gray, the civil servant leading the investigation, is expected to be released.
A looming presidential election threatens the country’s political stability. After Sergio Mattarella’s mandate ends on February 3, the country’s lawmakers and regional delegates will determine who should be the new president, with a vote scheduled for 24 January. The main issue is whether Mario Draghi, currently the country’s prime minister, will be chosen as the new president. Draghi’s potential departure from government, however, risks impacting the economic and political stability. Furthermore, if former ECB chief Draghi is elected president, this could lead to early elections. But according to a poll released this week, over half of the Italian population, 52%, see Premier Mario Draghi as the figure best equipped to be the nation's next president.
In terms of politics, the US held a memorial to the January 6, 2021 insurrection last week. The panel to investigate the attack continues to be rebuked by Republican leaders who refuse to testify. Only 300 days remain until midterm elections, leaving the big spending bill and the voting rights bill in limbo – and dependent on whether or not changes are made to the filibuster.