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This post is inspired by an excellent debate hosted last Friday by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, which examined “Israel-Palestine in the New political Configuration: Future Prospects.” Two ideas strike me as worth consideration, despite the current negative political environment in both Israel and Palestine. The first is to establish an international trusteeship; and the second… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

According to a World Bank report and its president, Bob Zoellick, 17 out of the 20 G20 members have taken protectionist measures since the November summit in Washington. The G-20* leaders signed a pledge in Washington to avoid protectionist measures. The only exceptions appear to be Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. This report exposes… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

An increasing number of voices are speaking out in the UK in favour of the EU, including those of hitherto eurosceptics (as reported in previous posts). The latest is Foreign Minister David Miliband in a speech in London on 9 March. He sees the economic crisis as challenging the EU’s core values and institutions, the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

EU extremist nightmares

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

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

Human nature being what it is, we tend to cooperate more in economically favourable times than when there is a recession. And yet, such cooperation is needed more in the latter case. Worse still, we tend to adopt selfish policies. The Founding Fathers of the European Union were determined to put an end in Europe… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Buy American

The Obama €825 economic stimulus package, as approved by the House of Representatives, contains a “Buy America” steel provision. Public works projects funded by the bill may only iron and steel made in the US. This is most unfortunate as it could influence the stimulus plans of other countries. A widespread protectionist, beggar-thy-neighbour approach would… » read more

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Global Zero

The initiative ‘Global Zero’, launched in Paris on 9 December, has received insufficient publicity. More than 100 international leaders are supporting a campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. Not surprisingly, a new worldwide poll shows overwhelming support for getting to zero nuclear weapon.Although the signatories are mainly former leaders, all current major leaders seem to support… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick