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The European Commission launched in 2008 a voluntary register for lobbyists seeking to influence its policymaking. Interest representation is a legitimate part of a democratic system. The register was established in a Commission effort to enhance public confidence. The accompanying Code of Conduct is intended to bring more transparency to interest representation, its actors and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The Chinese Mission to the EU organized a workshop on China-EU relations on 17 June 2010. The following recommendations are supported by the Europeans present at the worshop, in the light of the discussions between them and representatives of the Mission, led by HE Song Zhe: Long-term 1. Mutual understanding 2. Jean Monnet methodology 3.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Might the law be an ass?

Seven individuals smashed up a Brighton factory owned by ITT of the US, at a cost of £187 000 and were recently found not guilty. In 2008, six Greenpeace members were acquitted of causing £30 000 damage to a power station owned by the German Eon energy group. In 2000, 28 Greenpeace members were found… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following article was published in Global Times on 30 June: Was the Toronto G20 summit from June 26 to 27 an impetus for action or a display of rhetoric? This is a difficult question to answer. The Toronto negotiations began well before the meeting. For instance, US President Barack Obama wrote to the G20… » read more

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‘Political’ blogging in Europe lags considerably behind the activity in the US. But the positive trend is clear. Independent bloggers writing about EU policy are nipping at the heels of their big media rivals, according to a survey on the EU’s English-language blogosphere recently carried out by Waggener Edstrom – “Brussels Blogger Study 2010”. Recent… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following article was published in New Europe on 12 July: China is rightly proud of its achievements – particularly the way it came through the global and financial crisis – and also in its successful organizing of the Olympic Games and Shanghai Expo. But China faces the danger of the growth of protectionism. Protectionism… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The Nixon Presidential Library has just released some fascinating correspondence on climate change. Within the White House, Patrick Moynihan wrote to John Ehrlichman on 17 September 1969: “this [carbon dioxide] very clearly is a problem, and, perhaps most particularly, is one that can seize the imagination of persons normally indifferent tp projects of apocalyptic change”.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The 22 Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey published on 17 June makes interesting reading. US favourability rating • Overwhelmingly favourable in Western Europe: eg 73% in France and 63% in Germany. • Improved sharply in Russia (57%), up 13% since 2009, in China (58%), up 11% and in Japan (66%), up 7%. • Highly positive… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The German Marshall Fund of the US and The Centre Asie Ifri, held a joint seminar on 15 June on “Responding to China’s Rise: Balancing Hard and Soft Power”. The presentation by Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute was very disturbing. Although The AEI is ‘neocon’ in philosophy, I fear that much of what… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

“Kicking ass” is not a phrase Europeans would expect to hear from a President, but it is understandable why President Obama used it. What is not understandable is why he calls the company ‘British Petroleum” and not “BP”. Ironically, British Petroleum changed its name to BP after the merger with US oil giant Amoco in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick