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This post is inspired by an excellent debate hosted last Friday by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, which examined “Israel-Palestine in the New political Configuration: Future Prospects.” Two ideas strike me as worth consideration, despite the current negative political environment in both Israel and Palestine. The first is to establish an international trusteeship; and the second… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following letter has just been published in the European Voice: The European Voice editorial ‘Next Commission president must be appointed in June’ (19-25 March) refers to “the centre-right governments , which are likely to have a majority of MEPs in the next European Parliament and therefore to appoint the next European Commission president.” The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Europol (European Police Office) assists the law enforcement authorities of Member States in their fight against organised – an important role. Once again, however, Member State egos come before the interests of EU citizens, which means that Europol, will probably be without a Director when Max-Peter Ratzel retires next month. Unanimity is required for the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Yesterday’s defeat of the Czech government underlines the need to change the current system of an EU rotating presidency. It is the third time that a presidency country’s government has been defeated – Denmark in 1993 and Italy in 1996. It is essential for the leadership and efficiency of the Union that the system be… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

G2 vs G20

The first leader in the current issue of The Economist refers to the “big idea” that geopolitics is now a bipolar affair, with America and China the only two that matter. “Thus in London next month the real business will not be the G20 meeting but the ‘G2’ summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Hu… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A long foresight

“Owners of capital will stimulate working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized…” This is a quotation from “Das Kapital” written… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick