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A few reflections on last week’s European Parliament Election results: · The results are broadly as expected, with the centre-right clear winners, the centre-left clear losers, and the extreme right and euro-sceptics doing well. · In comparing the sizes of the old groups with the current sizes of the new groups, the reduction of the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

This is a good time to review the state of the EU-China relationship, after the postponed summit which took place in Prague on 20 May and the High Level Economic & Trade dialogue which met in Brussels on 7-8 May (see post of 14 May). The official reports and communiqués, following both meetings, are full… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The postponed 2008 EU-China summit took place in Prague on 20 May. The Beijing 2007 summit was followed by a joint declaration of over 47 paragraphs. The post of 23 December 2007 questions why such a statement has to be issued when very little of its contents were discussed at the summit. However, after the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The post of 15 May on US ambassadorial appointments drew attention to the failure of President Obama to appoint ambassadors in Brussels and Beijing. Today, however, Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman has been nominated ambassador to China. The appointment is very interesting for a number of reasons, not least of which is that he is a… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I have as yet not even heard serious gossip as to who President Obama will nominate as Ambassador to the European Union. and was wondering whether this was a reflection of the relevance of Europe to the new president. However, Beijing too is still without a nomination; although possible names have been mentioned. From 1… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The High Level Economic & Trade Dialogue (HED) took place in Brussels on 7-8 May. The atmosphere was very good. But what was achieved? The annual Dialogue was established in November 2007 by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in order to address the imbalance in trade flows between the EU… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

EU leadership deficit

We have a surfeit of leaders in the European Union (to borrow a phrase from The Economist’s Charlemagne) but a deficit of leadership. Barack Obama had recently to share the press briefing, following an uninspiring EU-US Summit in Prague on 5 April, with no less than the President of the Commission and the Prime Ministers… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following interview in Chinese has appeared on over 250 Chinese websites. It is accurate except on the theme of the heading. You will see that I say that US policy substance has not necessarily changed. EU scholar says U.S. “policy substance” toward Europe remains unchanged by Xinhua writers Wu Liming, Ban Wei PRAGUE, April… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

How did the United Nations and its leading member countries make such a mess of the racism conference in Geneva this week, dubbed ‘Durham II”?To try to answer this question requires other questions to be addressed: How can the UN Human Rights Council have credibility, given its anti-Israeli bias? With the experience of Durban I… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick