As the new year beckons European investors start moving into new roles

As the Holiday Season approaches, new jobs for players in the tech ecosystem beckon. And this is no less true for investors. Two notable moves have recently happened that are worthy of note in the European scene. The first is that GR Capital, a pan-European VC, is opening an office in London and has lured Jason Ball, who, earlier this year, left Qualcomm Ventures where had been European Managing Director for over a decade. Ball spent ten years as a mentor at Seedcamp and individually invested in more than ten companies. He was understood to be looking for new challenges, either building a new fund or joining another – so now we have our answer as to what he decided. …

Nativism is driving the far-right surge in Europe and it is here to stay | Cas Mudde

Spains Vox party came in third as the mainstreaming and normalization of the far right has become a common phenomenon of 21st-century Europe In 2016, the far-right Vox party gained a mere 0.2% of the vote in the Spanish legislative elections. This Sunday, Vox came in third with an estimated 15.1% percent, 5.7% behind the mainstream right Popular party (PP). Within three years, Spain has transformed from a European exception into a European average in terms of far-right electoral success. As I argue in my new book rise in the polls in October 2018, when violent clashes between the police and pro-independence supporters in Barcelona. As the issue remained high on the political agenda, Vox gained 10.3% in the April …

Germany says it will stand in ‘full solidarity’ with Ireland over Brexit

German president echoes Angela Merkel in saying the backstop will not be revisited Germany will stand fully in solidarity with Ireland over Brexit, the countrys president has said, and look to underpin rather than undermine the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Irelands president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany stands firmly by Irelands side, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnsons optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited. Politically and economically, Ireland is more directly affected by Brexit than any other EU member state. For this reason, too, your country has our full solidarity. We have reiterated this pledge in …

Edi Rama, Albania’s unconventional PM who wants to escape the ‘curse of history’

The artist and ex-basketball player faces an uphill battle to put Albania on the path to EU membership Albanias prime minister, Edi Rama, wants to be the man who puts his country on the path to European Union membership, but he is facing two major problems. In Europe, enlargement-fatigued leaders are playing hardball, wary of accepting new potential members at a time of rising populist and Euro-pessimist sentiment, while at home Rama is facing weekly demonstrations against his rule, from an opposition that is also pro-EU but accuses his government of corruption and links to organised crime, and is demanding early elections. In an interview at his office in central Tirana last week, Rama said that for Albania, joining the …