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It’s easy to write off ‘TEC’ as yet another talking shop as it is not a decision-making body. The second meeting took place in Brussels on 13 May and the next meeting is scheduled for October. If the quality and quantity of the US participation is anything to go by, the meeting was very important… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China-EU: A Common Future Edited by Stanley Crossick and Etienne Reuter World Scientific Publishing – see post of 17 January reviewed by David Martin, MEP As the Olympic flame burns its troubled way towards Beijing, the debate around the consequences and benefits of closer cooperation with China follows in its wake. Relations with China are… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Franco Frattini, Italy’s new foreign minister has lost no time in changing his Schengen tune from that sung as Commissioner for Justice, Freedom & Security. The Italian government is planning to restrict the free movement of people within the Schengen zone by introducing a minimum income requirement if an EU citizen wants to stay in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Battle lines are being drawn over control of the European Union’s new diplomatic corps, which comes into being under the new Treaty of Lisbon. Should it be part of the Commission and under the direct control of Parliament? Should it be essentially intergovernmental, under the control of the Member States and the Council? Or should… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

It has taken a natural disaster to remove from Chinese and European front pages the man-made mess of the Olympic torch relay and ongoing demonstrations in support of Tibet. We can only hope that the rescue operations are successful and deaths kept to a minimum, but the earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. Beijing… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

As the protectionist winds begin to flow eastwards cross the Atlantic, the number one target of the protagonists is the huge Chinese deficit with the United States and Europe. Three questions need addressing: What is the reason for the deficit? What damage does it cause? How can the deficit be reduced? Most of us find… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Pending publication of an extensive paper on Tibet, I would like to share with you one deep and worrying concern, namely the change in attitude of young Chinese as result of European behaviour over Tibet. While the PRC government may have felt it opportune to encourage – and certainly not to discourage – the young… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

European flags flying alongside Chinese flags in Tiananmen Square symbolised the success of the visit to Beijing of President Barrosso and nine Commissioners – the largest bevy of Commissioners ever to visit together a third country. 24-5 April was selected before the Tibet riots were on the horizon. Despite serious reservations about maintaining the visit,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Watching television in the aftermath of Labour’s severe defeat in last week’s English local elections, a thought struck me. Gordon Brown is not electable. Why not? Because times are hard for most citizens and they need a dose of hope and optimism from their political leaders. Take David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson. They… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick