News from the Capitals #8

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

The ongoing effects of Brexit on the number of HGV drivers continues to cause shortage issues, as the UK found themselves embroiled in a race for fuel this week as a shortage in petrol stations caused panic. The UK Government has the army on standby to step in and provide support to prevent further issues, however more shortages are expected later this winter when people will begin celebrating Christmas. 

Party conference season continued this week as the Labour party looked to rebrand themselves, moving away from the Corbyn era. The Conservative conference will start later this week, with Parliament not returning until 18 October.

 

Germany

Germany had its national election on Sunday evening. The SPD won the greatest number of votes, with 25.7%, the CDU came second with 34,1%, in third place was the Green Party, with 14,8%, followed by the FDP with 11,5%, then the AfD with 10,3%, and ‘Die Linke’ the lefts, who didn’t get into government because they did not meet the 5% threshold, but they got in through 3 direct mandates. The two biggest parties (SPD and CDU) will now have to enter into coalition negotiations with the FDP and the Green Party. for a coalition to form the parties need to cross the 50% threshold of seats. They do not want to work with each other, therefore the most likely coalitions will either be Jamaica (CDU, FDP, and Green) or traffic light (SPD, FDP and Green). 


Spain

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has appeared this week in the control session of the Congress in which he has defended the measures taken by the executive, that had been strongly criticised by the opposition. The main critics were focus on the increase in the average interprofessional wage, at a time of record unemployment in the country and the rise in the price of electricity, which has reached an all-time high.

The national convention of the Popular Party has taken place. This milestone was of great importance as it welcomed European leaders, such as the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that participated to support the national leader. The 2021 convention of the Popular Party had the goal of strengthen the role of Pablo Casado as party leader, as he lacks the popularity of other party members such as Isabel Diaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid. In fact, Isabel Diaz Ayuso's absence from the convention was seen as a risk, as one of the party's main objectives was to show unity, precisely in terms of support for Pablo Casado. 

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