Public Affairs Networking is changing to become………

A business intelligence website  about the European Institutions, their  policies, operations, dilemmas and their people. ·         A new channel using online TV to create information and business plan programmes for people in businesses, capitals and municipalities planning for the future. ·

A platform for intelligent and informed debate about European policy dilemmas ·

A new technology blend of the best of the new and the trusted old media. A media outlet that seeks out the trends, patterns and, most importantly, the undercurrents of EU politics, before an issue becomes a political or bureaucratic fait accompli.

A website in English the core of which is content aimed at the European policy analysts in multinational government and business audiences, as well as academia and stakeholder organisations.

A website whose material is relevant to debates about impacts and consequences of in or out across the EU

A discovery channel on industry features that helps industries and sectors to address the settlements that affect them and a discovery channel that help people and policy makers understand the facts and figures of European interconnectedness among the fog of nationalist comment.

Under the new editor, Tim McNamara the magazine is refocusing its coverage of EU affairs. It will increase the focus on the emerging direction of the Junker Commission and its directorates, the inter-relationship of competing centres of power among the Member States and the increasingly complicated UK-EU relationship.  Articles of EU wide interest as well as those focusing on individual national perspectives are welcome.

Global and geo-political matters impacting on EU institutions and Member States will feature.   2015 ushers in specific challenges that will overlay the economic and social challenges and trends that face most of the Member States’ governments.

What will be the priorities of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the UK and others as they pursue their own national interests in the corridors of power in Brussels?

Will a North/South divide become critical as economic policies rooted in the Bundesbank’s historical priorities continue or will the European Central Bank change tack and follow a reflationary course? How will the Member States coordinate their   responses to a continuing age of austerity?

What are the Commission’s underlying priorities? Will the TIPP agreement go through? Will the commission move to regulate the internet and online businesses across Europe.? Will the Parliament be far more assertive than in the past? How will the Council of Ministers square the equilateral triangle?

Is German dominance of EU matters fact or fiction? Are some governments pursuing policies that lead to comparative advantages by regulatory channels?

For the UK, May 2015, could be a seminal point in Britain’s relationship with its European counterparts. The outcome of May’s general election could lead to a referendum and a period of extreme uncertainty and instability.

Will EU institutional treaty reform come onto the table after UK and German Elections? Would other Member States re-appraise their EU membership?

These are just some of the issues that will inevitably attract attention and provoke strong feelings in the coming months. Contributions on all matters that have an EU dimension are warmly welcomed. Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2015.

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