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I have for some time wanted to write on this subject, but have felt unable to do so, because without American support, there would have been no European Union. The International Herald Tribune’s leader of 12-13 January 2008, “Looking for an America we can recognize again”, made me change my mind. Strong criticism of US… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The international implications of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision (Medellin v Texas) that President Bush had no power to tell the state of Texas to reopen a death penalty case, need careful study. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled in 2004 that 51 Mexican nationals sentenced to death in the US were… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Protectionist winds (3)

Fears of growing protectionist sentiment in the US are worrying (see 4 March post). The US Air force decided that the Northrop Grumman/EADS (Airbus) refuelling tanker was to be preferred to that of Boeing; a huge sum of money is at stake. The outcry against the decision continues to grow, and is now mixed up… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I do not usually spring to the defence of President Bush, and I am not able to assess how much of what he says is reality and how much rhetoric (a common problem in politics). However, he is entitled to be heard. On Wednesday morning he spoke at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference 2008.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Protectionist winds (2)

Today’s ‘Informal European Policy Dialogue on China’ (co-chaired by Elmar Brok and Glyn Ford) echoed the contents of yesterday’s post. Trade tensions were discussed in the light of today’s economic downturn. Both the European and Chinese participants agreed that there is a growth in protectionist sentiment in the EU and China, with action likely to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

“Barroso protectionism alert” is today’s Financial Times headline. Also on the front page is a report under the title “US anger at award of defence contract to EADS”. Commission President José Manuel Barroso warns that protectionist pressures are increasing across Europe, even among forces traditionally committed to free markets. Fears of growing protectionist sentiment in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Letter published in the Financial Times on 27 February: From Mr Stanley Crossick. Sir, Gideon Rachman’s denunciation of Barack Obama’s rhetoric (“Obama and the art of empty rhetoric”, February 26) misses the point. Barack Obama is appealing to voters who wish: first, to return to the traditional American land of hope from the present environment… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Kennedy 45 years on

I urge the next President of the United States to read and apply the extraordinarily current words of John F Kennedy in Philadelphia on 4 July 1962: “But I will say here and now, on this Day of Independence, that the United States will be ready for a Declaration of Interdependence, that we will be… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

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