News from the Capitals #20

by RPP colleagues

 

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.

 

UK

No.10 Downing Street is now under police investigation over multiple allegations of COVID rule-breaking. Met Chief Cressida Dick announced the decision this week after public pressure and conclusions drawn in Sue Gray’s highly anticipated report. The report itself was expected to be published at the start of the week but has been delayed while they consider the legal implications of releasing it in full.

Boris Johnson has ordered a Cabinet Office inquiry into allegations by Conservative MP Nus Ghani who claimed that she was fired from her job as transport minister in the February 2020 mini-reshuffle because she is Muslim. Chief Whip Mark Spencer tweeted following the allegation to deny making the alleged remarks. This adds to other inquiries that are ongoing, including the Sue Gray report and following William Wragg’s allegations that MPs were being blackmailed by the Whips.


Spain

This week’s major event is the controversy generated by the government's intervention in the National Statistics Centre (CIS). The centre for sociological research is a public institution that until now was the benchmark in sociological studies. The centre periodically publishes voting intentions, which, month by month, allow voters to see the evolution of the political preferences of Spaniards. Prime minister Pedro Sanchez put a former party militant in charge of the centre, leading to a lot of criticism that the centre has lost objectivity. The latest development has been that former Vice-President of the government Pablo Iglesias has published the results of a survey on the upcoming regional elections in Castilla la Mancha before the poll results were made public. The government's influence in CIS has sparked controversy and public opinion is demanding that the centre's director, Tezanos, resigns for misappropriation of funds.


France

The sanitary pass has been replaced by a vaccinal pass since Monday, 24 January. This measure will eventually be suspended in case of a drop in contaminations.

Teachers were on strike on 27 January, to protest against low wages. This dissatisfaction is mixed up with the fuzzy situation regarding the school’s sanitary protocol that caused many organisational problems in the past few weeks.

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