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EU external unity

The EU has failed its first test of external unity under the Lisbon Treaty. It is normal for governments to address messages of congratulation to heads of government/state after being democratically elected or confirmed. Such messages are usually synchronised in the EU, and this was agreed last week by EU ambassadors in Kiev in the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

With the above words, Peter Mandelson, former EU Trade Commissioner and now UK First Secretary of State, concludes a perceptive op-ed in today’s New York Times. Lord Mandelson identifies a mismatch between our expectations of China and China’s own assessment of its role and responsibilities. Today’s Chinese leadership is defined by two decades of Chinese… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

China’s influence on the world stage steadily increases but European media reporting remains generally prejudiced against China. This is probably due to two main factors. First, bad news makes good news in the news world. Second, there are well-organized lobby groups hostile to China, namely Taiwan, Tibet and human rights, and also industrial sectors seeking… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Chinese New Year Greeting

TO ALL CHINESE READERS This last year was an extremely difficult one for all of us. China has performed extraordinarily well economically in the global recession, which has helped see the acceleration of the trend of economic and financial gravity away from the West and to Asia . Barack Obama entering the White House was… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

France and Germany sought the lifting of the EU arms embargo in 2004 but Washington insisted on the embargo being maintained. The embargo was lifted against Uzbekistan last October, despite continuing concerns about human rights in the central Asian nation. This leaves China in the company of a handful of countries, including Congo, North Korea,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Mind the Gap

“The right of the European citizen to move freely throughout the EU is the clearest and most important demonstration that the EU Treaties are ultimately concerned with individual freedom.” This is how Professor Sir David Edward, former European Court justice, prefaces a report published yesterday by ECAS (European Citizen Action Service) on better enforcement of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

In my first post of 11 October 2007, I wrote: “This is the beginning of an unknown journey for me. I hope that you find I have something worthwhile to say and that you will bear with me until I professionalise my blogging.” All I can say that I knew I was talkative but not… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick