WHY THIS IS NOT THE END OF NORDSTREAM 2

Nord Stream 2 is a Russian-German gas pipeline project that connects both countries via the Baltic Sea. The pipeline construction is about to be finished, the gas supply contracts are signed, the German interconnection pipelines are built and operational, and the investment costs of about $11.5 billion are sunken. What is missing is about 160 kilometers of pipeline laid in the Baltic Sea. Only foreign sanctions on pipe-laying vessels prevent the project’s realization.             

CHANGE IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS

Under Biden, the numerous political, economic, and strategic differences between Washington and Brussels will not just disappear, and certainly, there will be no return to the good old days of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Still, Biden, with his foreign policy experience and his inclination to compromise, will work diligently to restore transatlantic relations.

PRESIDENT BIDEN’S RUSSIAN TEAM

  1. Antony Blinken, Nominee for U.S. Secretary of State ((Biden’s former National Security Adviser and Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration)
  2. William Burns, Nominee for Director of the CIA (Former Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. ambassador to Russia  
  3. Victoria Nuland, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  4. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Nominee for Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia in the future National Security Council
  5. Kathleen Hicks, Nominee for Deputy Head of the Pentagon

EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS : TOWARDS A COLD PARTNERSHIP

Authors:  Sabina Fischer, Ivan Timofeev

The EU-Russia Expert Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) brings together 40 prominent foreign policy experts and think tanks from Russia and EU member states. The members of this core group come from different cities in Russia (Ekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg) and from 14 EU member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands).

REVIEW OF APPOINTMENTS IN 2020

Source: Politico (Category Influencers)

*Excludes appointments within the EU institutions

18 December 2020

KEY POINTS OF THE BREXIT DEAL

  • Zero tariffs and quotas on goods
  • The end of free movement, meaning UK citizens will no longer have the right to work, live, study, or start a business in the EU without a visa
  • Border checks will apply between the UK and EU member states
  • There will be no hard border on the island of Ireland between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • The UK will be able to further develop British fishing activities for at least 5-and-a-half years, during which time European fishing communities will be safeguarded

NEW APPOINTMENTS OF INFLUENCERS IN 2020

During the course of the year, entities here below have received new staff; some existing ones have been promoted while others have voluntarily left and others retired.
 

WORLD’S NUMBER 4 CAR MAKER

Fiat Chrysler and PSA merger (to be called Stellantis) is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter of 2021. FCA's controlling shareholder is Exor, the holding company of Italy's Agnelli family while PSA's investors are the Peugeot family, the French government and China's Dongfeng.

THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLAN CHECKLISTS

Authors: Iskander De Bruycker (Political Science, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands and Aaron McLoughlin (Senior Advisor, FleishmanHillard, Brussels, Belgium)

STEP 1: SITUATION ANALYSIS

VON DER LEYEN STATE OF THE UNION 2020

President von der Leyen pledged that the Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that will give the EU a global platform that will give the EU a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. According to the Commission’s President, Next Generation EU represents a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to make change happen by design and to enable the EU to become green, digital and more resilient.

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