Michael is a correspondent for MLex in Brussels. He previously reported on EU politics as the Financial Times’ Nico Colchester Fellow in Brussels. Michael has a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, and a degree in History and French from University College London and Paris IV Sorbonne.
Selected Insights by Michael
While there have been scores of national support measures approved under the EU's temporary coronavirus state aid framework, strikingly only Denmark has made extensive use of an alternative mechanism.
Dominant digital platforms would need to meet strict — and still undefined — criteria to be classified as “essential facilities,” EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
Europe’s airlines, struck down by the Covid-19 pandemic, shouldn’t expect a free rein from the European Commission on receiving emergency bailouts from national governments.
Don't be fooled by the latest eruption of fire and brimstone from big EU countries pushing for a loosening of the bloc's merger rules to allow the creation of "European champions."
The UK government bailout of Flybe, which has drawn a state aid complaint to the European Commission from rival IAG, comes just as the EU digs in its heels on keeping the UK tied to the bloc's "level playing field" rules in future.