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Mutual understanding is essential to underpin a long term strategic relationship. Despite the common belief that Europeans and Americans share basic, common values, languages and culture, there is clearly considerable lack of mutual transatlantic understanding. Europeans and Americans are very different in many ways, think differently, are influenced differently, and frequently see problems differently and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer spoke twice in England this week – on the 24th at the London School of Economics (Asia and Russia in the Age of Globalisation: the impact for Europe’s future) and on the 25th at Oxford University (Dreams, Myth, Realities: Transatlantic Relations in the Obama Era). In both speeches, he… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China’s role in resolving the current financial and economic crisis is vital, and so therefore is the EU-China relationship. The European Parliament has a history of highly critical resolutions on China, usually focusing on Tibet and human rights and Taiwan. It rarely debates the broader aspects of the relationship. However, Parliament is an important player,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The Pope is going again to Israel where he hopes to repair Catholic-Jewish relations which have soured over the Pope’s decision last month to lift the ex-communication of Bishop Williamson. Pope Benedict XVI told American Jewish leaders today in relation to the Holocaust that “any denial or minimisation of this terrible crime [was] intolerable“, especially… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Climate change has at last been recognised as, arguably, the biggest problem facing mankind. The United States is now led by a president who does not share the reluctance of his predecessor. However, the problems to surmount are enormous and made more complicated by: · uncertainty as to cause · uncertainty as to speed ·… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The joint EU-China statement of 29 January, after the visit to the Commmission of Premier Wen Jiabao, opened by stating that, “[t]he visit has increased mutual trust, promoted bilateral cooperation, and achieved complete success.” This is very encouraging. Wen, who last visited Brussels in 2004 noted that mutual trust between EU and China had in… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A new poll for the Sunday Business Post in Ireland reveals that 58% are in favour of the Lisbon Treaty, 28% are against and 14% are undecided. In my view, the risk of a ‘No’ will be greater after the European Elections than before. The European elections are likely to return a more fragmented and… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Chinese Permier Wen Jiabao met the European Commission in Brussels on 30 January, as part of a tour taking in Davos, Berlin, London and Madrid. Paris was excluded because President Sarkozy recently met the Dalai Lama. Germany was previously punished and relations have been reasonably restored. Timing “This visit is intended to have a lot… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Following Defence Secretary Robert Gates attack on China for manipulating its currency, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to be criticising the policy of the previous administration (of which Gates formed part). “We need a comprehensive dialogue with China,” Clinton said, not just an economic one She said that the Obama administration is working to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick