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The September reset

The September reset Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, associate partner6 September 2021 Good morning, September is, in many ways and for many people, the real new year. It marks not only the return to school for much of the UK, but also a time of change in our routines, buying patterns, …

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Springer has sprung

Springer has sprung Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner31 August 2021 Good morning, It’s simply not true that one can’t make money from journalism in the digital age. Just ask Washington heir Robert Allbritton, who has just sold Politico to international media group Axel Springer at an estimated valuation of almost $1bn. This is hardly a surprise, …

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The great recalibration

The great recalibration Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Adam Shaw, associate partner6 August 2021 Good morning, The history of Anglo-French relations is often portrayed as one marred by mutual suspicion and at times open hostility. Since the signing of the entente cordiale in 1904, however, cooperation and pragmatism have mostly characterised the relationship between the …

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The Spanish paradox

The Spanish paradox Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner29 July 2021 Good morning, Spain has had very little to celebrate with regards to Covid-19, until recently. While countries such as the UK find themselves dealing with the third wave of coronavirus infections, my home country is currently undergoing its fifth epidemic wave, …

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Blame it on climate change

Blame it on climate change Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, associate partner20 July 2021 Good morning, “The German language knows hardly any words for this devastation”. That’s how chancellor Angela Merkel summed up the deadly floods that wreaked havoc in parts of Germany and neighbouring countries last week. She was visiting affected towns …

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Patria y vida

Patria y vida Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner13 July 2021 Good morning, Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to rally against the communist government of Miguel Díaz-Canel. They shouted “fatherland and freedom” on a day that saw hundreds of arrests and violent clashes after the Cuban president urged his supporters …

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We’re hiring, please

We’re hiring, please Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, associate partner9 July 2021 Good morning, This has been a pandemic of shortages. What began with empty toilet paper aisles and followed with limited vaccine supplies is now giving way to a different kind of shortage: labour. As it happens, despite a relatively …

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The backbone of the nation

The backbone of the nation Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Kevin Pringle, partner2 July 2021 Good morning, Very few political parties have stood the test of time quite like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Although its authority has ebbed and flowed over its 100 years of history, the party’s Leninist determination to be the …

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