News from the Capitals #22
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.
Eric Woerth, former Budget Minister under Sarkozy’s presidency and President of the Finance Commission at the National Assembly (Les Républicains, conservative), officially supported Emmanuel Macron. This is very unexpected since all the “Sarkozians” of the conservative party have always been loyal to their party. Nicolas Sarkozy has not yet expressed support for the conservative candidate Valérie Pécresse. Macron is likely employing his tactics from 2017 of winning the conservative vote by obtaining support from top figures among Les Républicains.
Johnson’s position as Prime Minister has continued to dominate the news as ‘partygate’ police investigations continue and the cost of living is set to rise. Following the resignation and replacement of several key No10 staff, a small ministerial re-shuffle, and a well-timed parliamentary recess, Johnson is hoping a reset could reassure backbenchers of his need to stay on and release pressure for a couple of weeks.
Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, and Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer have all made trips to Brussels and Russia this week in an effort to dissuade Russia from any form of military action. Liz Truss will be meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later today.
The Covid-19 Recovery Plan and Integration White Paper were released this week as the government hopes to set out a road back to pre-pandemic health care levels. The Integration White Paper will play a leading role in developing the state of health and care services after the Health and Care Bill has passed through parliament.