An open letter to the members of the European Council, Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of the Republic of Ireland, and the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom under Article 50.2 TEU, arguing to unlock the deadlock in Brexit negotiations and promoting a Schengen-like solution for (Northern) Ireland

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AuthorMark Goudsmit
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On 2 February, the United Kingdom completed its negotiations with the EU on the revision of their treaty obligations. This did not provide the outcome Cameron had hoped for. It would appear that anti-EU movements in the UK in particular can turn this to good account. There is a real risk that the agreement is grist to the mill for anti-Europe parties in continental Europe as well. In this article I will discuss the history and circumstances of British participation in the EU, its desire to revise the terms of membership, the agreement of February 2 and the implications it may have for both Cameron, the UK and the EU itself (Google translation of an article written in Dutch on February 4, with some minor amendments).

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AuthorMark Goudsmit

20 years of Corporate Governance and increasing regulation in Netherlands and elsewhere did not bring about the much desired and anticipated focus on longer-term value creation for all stakeholders associated with the company. Essentially the focus is still short-term but with the added disadvantage of increased regulation, rising compliance cost and a check-the-box mentality. We need to address inadequacies in the system from within, rather than creating frameworks around the system. Rewarding longer-term shareholder engagement might be one solution, thus creating the right mindset to move things forward. 

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AuthorMark Goudsmit