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The 3 March post “I love Big Brother” highlighted Gideon Rachman’s conversion from eurosceptic. The single market is at risk. “Protectionism and nationalism are close cousins.” Division in Europe would be “particularly unfortunate at a time when there is an urgent need for international cooperation on a global scale”. “The EU is the best example… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A chapter in Yu Keping’s book “Democracy is a Good thing (referred to in post of 3 March) addresses the agenda for China’s political reforms based on the 17th five-year Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held in October 2007 (see post of 23 November 2007). Hu Jintao’s comprehensive report to the Congress sets… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I love Big Brother!

Gideon Rachman’s op-ed in today’s Financial Times should be read by all declared eurosceptics and those who do not regard themselves as such but are supporting greater ‘nationalisation’ of policies. The columnist arrived in Brussels in 2001 believing that most Europeans felt more loyalty to their nation than to Europe; that steadily enlarging the powers… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Iran Awakening

Iran is one big enigma. Having lived three years in Iran, one lesson I learned was not to try to analyse Iranian behaviour in order to determine policy or motivation. You have to try to feel what is in mind because Iranian thinking differs fundamentally from western thinking. Having been part of Iranian negotiating teams… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The European Commission will present a preliminary assessment and response to the main conclusions of the de Larosière Report on 4 March. A detailed implementation plan should be produced by the end of the year. The report published on 26 February, calls for tightened financial supervision, makings 31 recommendations and calling for a European System… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Mutual understanding is essential to underpin a long term strategic relationship. Despite the common belief that Europeans and Americans share basic, common values, languages and culture, there is clearly considerable lack of mutual transatlantic understanding. Europeans and Americans are very different in many ways, think differently, are influenced differently, and frequently see problems differently and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer spoke twice in England this week – on the 24th at the London School of Economics (Asia and Russia in the Age of Globalisation: the impact for Europe’s future) and on the 25th at Oxford University (Dreams, Myth, Realities: Transatlantic Relations in the Obama Era). In both speeches, he… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick