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The following article appeared in the Beijing Review on 24 Decemeber 2009 Better Times Ahead The Lisbon Treaty and a new EU hierarchy point to greater stability and a resurgent dynamism By Stanley Crossick The year 2009 was a difficult one for the European Union (EU). The European Parliament elections, held in June, are always… » read more

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David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, today announced the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat for the use of forged UK passports in the killing of a terrorist in Dubai. Eddie Meyer tried hard, on the Radio Four’s PM programme, to persuade Milliband to confirm that the UK intelligence community never uses forged passports from other… » read more

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Transparency is a buzzword which the EU institutions use all the time. But do they practise it? Utrecht University published last year a study which concluded that, “Expert bureaucrats decide on most EU regulations after proposal has been adopted.” Experts from the Commission and Member States in so-called comitology groups are responsible for deciding the… » read more

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EU foreign policy supremo, Cathy Ashton, visited Gaza last Thursday During her visit, rockets were fired into Israel, killing a Thai worker. Israel retaliated with air strikes on Gaza. Yesterday, the Quartet, meeting in Moscow, condemned Israel’s recent announcement that 1 600 new housing units for Jews would be built in East Jerusalem. Next Thursday… » read more

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Keith Bradsher’s article in the New York Times of 17 March is breath-taking but worrying for the West. It confirms the incredible drive by China to lead in all relevant technological developments. Just imagine that China may produce this year two-thirds of the global output of PV panels, despite Europe’s long start. And last, and… » read more

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