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The European Commission will present a preliminary assessment and response to the main conclusions of the de Larosière Report on 4 March. A detailed implementation plan should be produced by the end of the year. The report published on 26 February, calls for tightened financial supervision, makings 31 recommendations and calling for a European System… » read more

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Leadership

I recommend you take five minutes to see and hear extracts from Barack Obama’s budget speech on Wednesday to the US Congress. While recognising that the new President’s success will be judged by the effectiveness of his actions and not his words, nevertheless the confidence he gives to the people is an essential part of… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Felipe Gonzales, chairman of the group of wise men on the future of the European Union, 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 in mind, but do not… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Human nature being what it is, we tend to cooperate more in economically favourable times than when there is a recession. And yet, such cooperation is needed more in the latter case. Worse still, we tend to adopt selfish policies. The Founding Fathers of the European Union were determined to put an end in Europe… » 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

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

There is no agreed definition of “think tank” nor is it always obvious how it differs from a research centre or academic body. The essence of a think tank, in my view, is an organisation which advocates public policy solutions/recommendations. Its objective is to influence policy/decision-makers and opinion-formers rather than increase knowledge generally. To be… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton did not mention the EU in her statement at her 13 January Senate Hearing from which it has been deduced by some in Europe that this is an indication that the new administration will downgrade the EU in favour of the Member States. The relevant paragraph reads: “Our traditional relationships… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

My post of 5 November sought to identify influences behind Barack Obama’s thinking, particularly in foreign policy. The main conclusions were: George Marshall for his inspiration for the renewal of the global order Rheinhold Niebuhr, the American theologian I have just carried out a similar exercise for Hillary Clinton, only to discover that she too… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick