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Alain Lamasourre, MEP, (in his comment of 4 February) came up with a great idea for the appointment of the President of the European Council, which is expected to be decided during the French Presidency (July to December 2008). In a nutshell: Candidates are invited to declare themselves publicly. Each candidate has a televised hearing… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Brussels, February 2008     Rats make leaders and are fair in their dealings with others and expect the same from others in return. The Year of the Rat is a time for hard work, activity and renewal. The Earth Rat adds solidity.   All these characteristics are needed if China is going to maintain… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

An interesting Konrad Adenauer Stiftung debate on Wednesday, led by Elmar Brok, MEP, prompts me to offer some reflections on the planned new European External Action Service and the EU High Representative for Foreign & Security Policy. (ugh! I will go on referring to them as EU Diplomatic Service and Foreign Policy Chief). The earlier… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick