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The first meeting (on 1 April in London) between Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev went very well. Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have pledged to agree cuts in their countries’ nuclear arsenals by December of this year, as part of a “fresh start” in US-Russian relations and a step towards “a nuclear free world”.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Solidarity has always been an important part of the foundations of the European Union. While it is clearly much more difficult to achieve solidarity among 27 Member States than 15 or less, this spirit is seriously lacking during the current economic and financial crises. But sadly this is a reflection on human nature. The Union… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Europol (European Police Office) assists the law enforcement authorities of Member States in their fight against organised – an important role. Once again, however, Member State egos come before the interests of EU citizens, which means that Europol, will probably be without a Director when Max-Peter Ratzel retires next month. Unanimity is required for the… » 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

The Conference of European Presidents have decided that three reports on the Lisbon Treaty (Brok, Dehaene and Leinen), adopted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee, would not be put to plenary. The reason is that a major public debate on arrangements applying the Lisbon Treaty could affect adversely the second Irish referendum. Parliament has obviously caught… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

An increasing number of voices are speaking out in the UK in favour of the EU, including those of hitherto eurosceptics (as reported in previous posts). The latest is Foreign Minister David Miliband in a speech in London on 9 March. He sees the economic crisis as challenging the EU’s core values and institutions, the… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Europe faces – together with the rest of the world – a frightening economic and financial crisis. How will this affect the EU itself? Will it lead to further integration or disintegration? How will it influence the June elections to the European Parliament? Paradoxically, EU citizens recognize that none of the major challenges facing their… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

EU extremist nightmares

The 3 March post “I love Big Brother” highlighted Gideon Rachman’s conversion from eurosceptic. The single market is at risk. “Protectionism and nationalism are close cousins.” Division in Europe would be “particularly unfortunate at a time when there is an urgent need for international cooperation on a global scale”. “The EU is the best example… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I love Big Brother!

Gideon Rachman’s op-ed in today’s Financial Times should be read by all declared eurosceptics and those who do not regard themselves as such but are supporting greater ‘nationalisation’ of policies. The columnist arrived in Brussels in 2001 believing that most Europeans felt more loyalty to their nation than to Europe; that steadily enlarging the powers… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick