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23 July 2020

Zoom video of 164th Brussels 4 Breakfast

with co-presenters Sir David Lidington, Andrew Wilde (Edelman) and Simona Amati (Kreab)

Brussels Review with Graham Bishop, Sir David Lidington, Andrew Wilde (Edelman) and Simona Amati (Kreab)



Why you should watch:


It has been a very busy few weeks across the Channel - and, at least in some eyes, the EU's 'Hamilton moment'. The European Council's agreement on a 'Next Generation' Europe package, including €750 billion to be raised in the capital markets with an EU guarantee, was a big step forward - though it also raises serious questions about how the bonds will be serviced. The MAFF was also important. But that was far from all. There was an important change in the Presidency of the Eurogroup and a controversial decision on Apple's tax case. Plus, there is the continuing saga of EU/UK talks on a longer term relationship, which are clearly going down to the wire. October looks like the key month.



Moderator: Andrew Hilton (Director, CSFI) 




Graham Bishop is 'a leading technical analyst of economic and structural developments in the financial markets of Europe', via his on-line consulting service, He is also a long time advisor to the European Commission and the Parliament.


Sir David Lidington was MP for Aylesbury from 1992 to 2019. His distinguished Parliamentary career included stints as Minister for the Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State for Europe, Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He also has a PhD from Cambridge. Phew.


Andrew Wilde is head of European financial services at Smithfield, the specialist financial services consultancy of Edelman, of which he is also a director.


Simona Amati is now a senior adviser and chief economist at Kreab in Brussels, where she has co-managed the financial services public affairs practise. She formerly worked at the Central Bank of Luxembourg and at the ECB.

© Graham Bishop

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