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Guy Verhofstadt, president of the European Parliament (EP) Liberal Democrats and former Belgian prime minister, briefed the European Policy Centre today on his vision for Europe. In his view the main underlying issue at stake is whether the EU uses the ‘Community method’ or intergovernmentalism. The Union will only progress if it reduces its intergovernmental… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

With all that is surprising us in the world of politics, my mind looks back at 1984. The French proposed Claude Cheysson as president of the European Commission. Margaret Thatcher vetoed the appointment and supported the candidature of Jacques Delors, in the mistaken belief that he was an economic liberal and more likely to steer… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Israel has been widely condemned for its assault on a flotilla of humanitarian aid bound for Gaza. This was to be expected, but not some of the extreme statements coming from moderate countries. Even the EU response was biased. The EU condemned the use of violence and called for an independent enquiry. How could the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The China-EU Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED), held in Beijing on 24-25 May, brought a pack of high-ranking officials on both sides. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, accompanied by 16 cabinet secretaries or agency heads, led a group of 200 Americans, while State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Over 350 mainly young people gave European President Hermann van Rompuy an enthusiastic reception, at an event organized today by the European Movement, and held at The Bavarian Representation to the EU. He spoke for just 15 minutes on “After the LisbonTreaty – what can citizens expect? Moving from design to delivery”, and answered questions… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

These terms are frequently used and often appear interchangeable. But what do they mean? Is there any common understandable. Multipolarity is a system of power distribution in which several countries have very substantial influence. Our deepest challenge,” US national security advisor Henry Kissinger wrote in 1969, will be “to base order on political multipolarity even… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The UK House of Lords EU Committee published on 23 March an extremely thorough report of the state of the EU-China relationship. The following are its key conclusions and recommendations, and some comments on them: A strategic relationship The role which China and the EU can play in shaping 21st century global affairs will be… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The United Kingdom is in economic and budgetary crisis. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have joined forces to provide a strong government, able to take the necessary unpleasant measures. David Cameron and Nick Clegg and their parties have admirably compromised to establish a much needed consensual political culture. There of course remain major differences. The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick