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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

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The Daily Telegraph – a very Eurosceptic English daily newspaper – today published an interesting article under the above banner. The article conclude that Lady Thatcher of then 1980s might in fact have supported the new Treaty of Lisbon, for the following reasons: The institutional reforms in the Reform Treaty are largely designed to make… » read more

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I received a provocative note from my good friend and colleague, Eberhard Rhein, and with his permission, publish it below: During their recent visits to Ryadh the French and US Presidents have called on the Saudis to lower the oil price as it hurts American and French families. They received a polite but firm answer… » read more

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Diplomatic whispers

The game of ‘diplomatic whispers’is a reversal of ‘Chinese whispers’ (see endnote). Diplomatic whispers begin with a given country’s embassy in Ruritania routinely sending to its foreign ministry ‘telegrams’ on the political, economic and social happenings and analyses of their implications. These reports are often written by diplomats who are relatively new to Ruritania, have… » read more

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The 2009 EU Troika

A new EU Commission takes office on 1 November 2009. The Lisbon Treaty is expected to come into force officially on 1 January 2009 but this date may slip. There is talk of a postponement until 1 November, but this would be of doubtful validity. This gives rise to an intriguing situation relating to three… » read more

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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

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China-EU: A common Future

Reproduced below are the Contents and the Epilogue of book, edited by Etienne Reuter and myself, which has just been published. “China-EU: A Common Future“, available at amazon, contains a series of original contributions by 35 European and Chinese experts, sometimes joint and sometimes twin, discussing the key issues that are relevant to the EU-PRC… » read more

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The recent visit of George W Bush to the Middle East confirms the bankruptcy of the current US policy in the region. In Jerusalem, the president stated, “I believe that an Israeli-Palestine peace treaty will be signed during my presidency.” Was this mere rhetoric, does he believe it, or is it an expression of faith?… » read more

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Dear Friend 2007 has been another grim year. The many problems with which the year began are still unresolved. We end the year with serious troubles in Afghanistan, Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine and Sudan, to mention only the major ones. We have to cope witb a Putinesque Russia and an increasingly… » read more

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A two hour China-EU Summit in Beijing on 28 November was followed by a five day (and part night) negotiation between officials before the Joint Statement could be agreed. Why a 47 paragraph statement has to be issued when very little of its contents were discussed at the summit is hard to comprehend. Neither the… » read more

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