Fractured, but still standing
Last year in this space I referred to Europe as a jigsaw puzzle. It’s still appropriate, but now there’s a hint of anxiety – the kind you would feel when the cat lands on your just-finished puzzle and in your mind’s eye, the pieces were already on the floor.
Brexit may not have been that dramatic – yet – but Europe is no longer the stable (if always fragile) union it used to be. Germany and France face the turmoil of elections in 2017 contested by powerful populist parties, Greece is still in crisis, immigration issues are not going away and neither unfortunately is terrorism.
Still, we have got used to thinking of Europe as an entity with 50 national components even if those 50 components remain so different in so many ways — which is one of the great advantages that Cornerstone International Group offers.
Of our 61 locations around the world, 20 are in Europe. That means we have highly skilled teams on the ground in the top 20 markets on the continent. Each member is owner-managed, locally founded and regionally prominent. This will be a firm which knows intimately the preferences and priorities not just of the host country, but of those with whom it actively trades and associates.
At the start of each year ask our members to submit a brief overview of the year past and to come. You will find these listed in the left hand column under “National Outlooks”. Should you want more information on our services in any region, the list on the right-hand side connects you with a profile of each office, with contact data.