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Europe: Leader or Follower?

Philip Stephens, in today’s Financial Times writes that European leaders have a better opportunity than for some time to “stop asking what Washington can do for them and start thinking about what they might do for themselves.” The Lisbon agenda should be ratified and the new leadership is not tainted by the fall-out over Iraq.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Dear Friend 2007 has been another grim year. The many problems with which the year began are still unresolved. We end the year with serious troubles in Afghanistan, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine and Sudan, to mention only the major ones. We have to cope witb a Putinesque Russia and an increasingly… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A two hour China-EU Summit in Beijing on 28 November was followed by a five day (and part night) negotiation between officials before the Joint Statement could be agreed. Why a 47 paragraph statement has to be issued when very little of its contents were discussed at the summit is hard to comprehend. Neither the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Perhaps I’m missing something, but to me Bali was a failure although not a disaster. I’m no expert on climate change but two questions bug me: What has Kyoto really achieved, after several years of negotiations and the 10 years which have since elapsed? What will the new treaty achieve at the end of a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China-EU Summit rules OK

European officials breathed a collective sigh of relief when they returned to Brussels after the 10th China-EU Summit on 28 November. European expectations were low and many saw damage limitation as their top priority. Frustration had increased over the trade deficit, which is rising at the hourly rate of €15m; the fall in the value… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Why did the British Prime Minister sign the new EU Reform Treaty in Lisbon on 13 December alone, three hours after the official signing ceremony? Certainly not because a House of Commons committee meeting takes precedence. We know that Gordon Brown is not a social soul and prefers ‘talking turkey’ to sipping champagne. The only… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The New Bruges Speech

David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, outlined on 15 November his vision of European integration at the College of Europe – 20 years after Margaret Thatcher’s infamous Bruges speech. Miliband is regarded as a European ‘from the heart’ and his original appointment by Gordon Brown, a Prime Minister who appears neither to like foreigners (a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick