News from the Capitals #24
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.
The UK has been focussed on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Much of the local debate has been centred on the UK’s proposed sanctions on Russia, for which the government have received some criticism due to fears they do not go far enough, however the government has noted that their sanctions will be reviewed, and harsher sanctions implemented.
The internal crisis of the Popular Party has finally exploded, in what has been the biggest crisis ever experienced by the Popular Party, the main opposition party in history.
Suspicions of an illegitimate investigation carried out by the party itself into Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the President of the Community of Madrid, were leaked to the press last week. Since then, the inconsistencies in the party leadership's account and its inability to manage the crisis have led to the resignation of Party Secretary General, Teodoro García Egea and the calling of an extraordinary congress to elect a new Party Leader.
According to internal sources, and information that has been leaked to the press, private information arrived from Ayuso's brother involving the President of the Community of Madrid in an alleged corruption case. The Party leadership then contacted private detectives to further investigate on Ayuso. The Party Leader and Secretary General might have perceived Ayuso as a threat because of his growing popularity within the party. The Leader's actions to mitigate the crisis have been criticised by the public and the media to the extent that the entire party leadership has turned its back on him.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Sophie Wilmès and Ludivine Dedonder announced that Belgium will send military protection equipment but refused to send any weapons to Ukraine. Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, announced on Wednesday that he had convened a special meeting of the European Council on Thursday evening to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
The US has seen a rare case of bipartisan support to introduce severe and immediate action against Russia. Expected to be announced this morning, these additional sanctions are predicted to include the following: cutting off Russia’s top banks, stopping technology exports and directly sanctioning President Putin.