Is No Deal the Likely Deal?

Is No Deal the Likely Deal?

Posted on 09 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the UK government should drop their Brexit ‘red lines’ if they wish to renegotiate the current deal. Varadkar said that if a no-deal happens, it will be a consequence of the decisions made in London. The Taoiseach admitted that a no-deal looks more likely. Since taking over as UK Prime […] Read more...

No-Confidence Vote?

No-Confidence Vote?

Posted on 09 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Dominic Cummings, special adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly told colleagues that Johnson could defy a vote of no confidence from the House of Commons by refusing to resign. This comes after Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, signalled he will call a no-confidence vote when Parliament returns in September. Read more...

Trump doubles down on China

Trump doubles down on China

Posted on 09 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The Trump administration heightened its trade war with China on Monday by labelling China a currency manipulator. The move came after the currency fell below 7 yuan to the US dollar for the first time since 2008. This is an extension of the downward spiral in diplomatic relations. Read more...

Von der Leyen’s charm offensive tour of Europe

Von der Leyen’s charm offensive tour of Europe

Posted on 02 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen continued her charm offensive tour of European capitals to discuss various contentious EU policies, including migration, climate targets and the rule of law. After stops last week in Berlin and Paris, where she met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Emmanuel Macron, this week’s meetings with Spain’s Pedro […] Read more...

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland

Posted on 02 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Boris Johnson continued his tour of the UK with a visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday where he met with the five main political parties at Stormont House to discuss Brexit and the possibility of reinstating a power-sharing government. On his first prime ministerial visit to Northern Ireland, Johnson pledged to do everything possible to […] Read more...

Germany refuses to join US Persian Gulf mission

Germany refuses to join US Persian Gulf mission

Posted on 02 Aug 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Germany has refused a request from the United States to join their mission in the Persian Gulf. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was “out of the question” that Germany would take part. The Germans are in close contact with the French, and Maas views the US strategy of “maximum pressure” as wrong, preferring to […] Read more...

European Commission prepares for new Secretary-General

European Commission prepares for new Secretary-General

Posted on 26 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Current Secretary-General of the European Commission and long-time confidante of President Jean Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, will leave Brussels at the end of July to take up a new role as European Commission representative to Austria. As the European Commission’s most powerful civil servant, Selmayr has been a somewhat controversial figure over the years, joining […] Read more...

Facebook’s EU data compliance investigation: decision by end of 2019

Facebook’s EU data compliance investigation: decision by end of 2019

by Editor | Posted on 26 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The investigation into Facebook’s compliance with EU data privacy regulations is expected to be concluded by December 2019. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland, which is the lead EU supervisory authority for most major tech companies, is heading the inquiries into Facebook and other multinational technology companies headquartered in Dublin. The body is charged […] Read more...

Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next Prime Minister

Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next Prime Minister

by Editor | Posted on 26 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

Boris Johnson was elected leader of the British Conservative Party and became the seventy-seventh Prime Minister of the UK on Tuesday. The former Mayor of London was a clear favourite from the outset and beat rival, former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, by 92,153 votes to 46,656 – an overwhelming 66% of the vote. In his […] Read more...

European Commission launch investigation into Amazon

European Commission launch investigation into Amazon

Posted on 19 Jul 2019 in Vulcan Insight

The European Commission announced that it has opened a formal investigation into Amazon over whether the tech giant is using sales data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller sellers on the Marketplace platform. Commissioner for Competition Policy, Margrethe Vestager noted that, through online shopping is increasing, “E-commerce has boosted retail competition and brought more […] Read more...

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