News from the Capitals #5
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 primaries of the centre-right Les Républicains will take place at the end of September, with Valérie Pécresse and Michel Barnier seem to be the favourites according to the press articles, and especially among the youngest. On the left side, Arnaud Montebourg, former Minister for Economic Affairs under F. Hollande presidency, is running for the election, and Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris) is expected to declare her candidacy at the end of the week. Finally, the Green Party primary election will take place in the course of this week, with 4 candidates. Emmanuel Macron has not yet declared if he will run for his succession but there is almost no doubt he will since he has met a lot of people and travelled a lot in various cities and villages during the summer.
Germany is prepared for a national election on September 26th. The possible coalition combinations are: “Germany” - SPD + CDU/CSU + FDP; “Traffic-light” - SPD + The Greens + FDP; “Jamaica” - CDU/CSU + The Greens + FDP.
A survey suggests that the majority of Germans are for changes to the German health insurance (69%). The current system means that the self-employed, well-off and civil servants can be privately insured (paying for certain premiums), whereas the proposed single-payer healthcare would provide more equality. A surprising observation is that Union (CDU/CSU) and FDP voters showed clear support for this system, yet the parties have positioned themselves against this in their manifestos.
Boris Johnson’s long-awaited social care announcement was made this week, following the return of Parliament. MP’s last night voted through the proposed National Insurance tax increase by 1.25%, that will raise an estimated £36bn for the NHS covid recovery and social care transformation over the next 3 years. Sajid Javid this week also announced new funding that will be available for the next 6 months for the NHS to tackle the backlog of care. Javid noted that £5.4bn would be available immediately. Concern that the funding will not be enough has been shared by NHS leaders and independent groups.