For some 30 years, businesses have operated within a relatively favourable political environment that assumed the ongoing spread of free-market democracy. However, company risk analysts must now consider trends that are challenging the ‘Davos’ consensus around the benefits of an open global economy.
Brexit came as a shock to many British officials in the EU. For four decades, they had successfully shaped EU rules, norms and standards in the national interest. Now, amid deepening suspicion and bereft of government backing, British companies must find new ways to influence its – future – former EU partners. Florent Parmentier explains how.
Are Europe’s business leaders taking Brexit seriously? Many outside the UK believe that Britain will reverse its position and find a way to remain within the EU, a conceit that should be dismissed as wishful thinking or pure denial. But even those who accept that Brexit will be carried through, seem unaware or unconcerned about its potential impact on Europe’s business environment. Fernando Fernández considers the issues.