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Laurens Jan Brinkhorst is a former Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and a professor at Leiden University. The avalanche of reactions to Stanley’s death just over four months ago is a living proof of Stanley’s great impact on those who met him. He inspired, he sometimes irritated, but you could never forget what he had said.… » read more

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I first met Stanley twenty years ago in Kitty O’Shea’s, then used as the canteen for EPC as it had offices upstairs. When Stanley found out that I was a foreign policy expert he asked if he could send me a draft he was writing on the new common foreign and security policy (CFSP). I… » read more

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A speech delivered by Stanley Crossick’s daughter, Elizabeth, on the occasion of his memorial. This occasion really started as an afterthought. A response to those in Brussels and beyond who wanted to mark the sad event of my father passing. Not really for me, for the family at all. After all, we sat through the funeral, and… » read more

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Stanley Crossick, co-founder of the European Policy Centre and a champion of European integration, died last November. He is sorely missed by family and friends. Stanley’s was a well-respected voice in the EU blogging community, and in 2010 he was rated the 6th most influential EU blogger by Waggener Edstrom. He published… » read more

Stanley Crossick

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is with sadness that we write informing you of the death of Stanley Crossick on Saturday 20th November. Stanley, in spite of his serious medical condition, recently managed to travel to China. He was able to continue working right to the end on the project he was devoted to –… » read more

Get Well Soon!

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This is just a short note on behalf of Stanley to apologise for the break in blogging service. I have just been informed that he has been quite unwell recently and is currently in hospital. Doubtless Stanley will be back in the blogging hotseat very soon. Until then, everyone involved with Blogactiv wishes him a… » read more

Death of Max Kohnstamm

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Max Kohnstamm, Honorary President of EPC and one of it’s founding fathers, died peacefully on 20 October, aged 96, survived by his wife Kathleen and five children. Max was the last survivor of the nine EU Founding Fathers, and his death marks the end of an era. He believed deeply in vision, method and action,… » read more

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The following interview with the Global Times took place on 15 0ctober, bit was not published: 1. Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo this year. What’s your comment on the decision of Nobel committee? Can the award be interpreted as the pressure of the Western countries on China to accelerate its… » read more

500th Blog post (cont)

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Personal note I never blog about myself but Blogactiv have asked me to make an exception this time and tell an anecdote.  I received an unexpected letter from the French Minister for Europe in 200? announcing that I had been awarded by President Chirac the Ordre Nationale du Mérite for “services to Europe”.  Some weeks… » read more

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Three years on: state of EU-China relations When I posted my first blog exactly three years ago on 11 October 2007, not for one moment did I anticipate 500.  But I confess that I enjoy it – I hope a pleasure I share with you.  Watching the US, in particular during the Obama election, it… » read more