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The first National Human Rights Action Plan of China has just been published for the period 2009-2010. What are the motivations behind publication? Is this a genuine attempt to improve human rights in China or just intended to show that officials take human rights seriously? Is it an effort to ward off domestic concerns? Is… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The following interview was published ytesterday by EurActif : US President Barack Obama has already taken substantial steps to improve the United States’ relations with its Western partners, seek dialogue with the Muslim world and address hotbeds of tension, Stanley Crossick, the founding chairman of European Policy Centre, told EurActiv in an interview. European Policy… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

G2 vs G20

The first leader in the current issue of The Economist refers to the “big idea” that geopolitics is now a bipolar affair, with America and China the only two that matter. “Thus in London next month the real business will not be the G20 meeting but the ‘G2’ summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Hu… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A long foresight

“Owners of capital will stimulate working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized…” This is a quotation from “Das Kapital” written… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The European Parliament Conference of Presidents today decided not to bring the proposed Cross Border Health Directive before plenary this session. This is despite the fact that it was approved by its Labour & Social Affairs Committee by a 35-2 vote. This is an extraordinary decision. It may be that MEPs are focussing on the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A stimulating debate on “Is Chinese foreign policy changing?” at the 5th Informal European Parliament Dialogue on China on 18 February (organized by the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies) prompted me to write this post. The opening of China after Deng Xiaoping represented a pivotal change. Under Mao, the greatest threat was seen as… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Felipe Gonzales, chairman of the group of wise men on the future of the European Union and former Spanish prime minister, is reported as recently stating that countries which are not prepared to be involved in stronger European integration “can leave the EU”. I believe in deeper integration and indeed the Community Jean Monnet had… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A chapter in Yu Keping’s book “Democracy is a Good thing (referred to in post of 3 March) addresses the agenda for China’s political reforms based on the 17th five-year Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held in October 2007 (see post of 23 November 2007). Hu Jintao’s comprehensive report to the Congress sets… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick