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UK banks are no longer allowed to accept €500 notes, as they are mainly used by criminals. The European Commission should examine the extent to which such notes are legitimately used, and to consider withdrawing the €500 note altogether.

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced on 31 March the Commission’s 2010 Programme, with 34 strategic priorities, under four main elements: 1. Tackling the economic crisis and sustaining Europe’s social market economy. 2. Building a citizens’ agenda which puts people at the heart of European action. 3. Developing an ambitious and coherent external agenda with… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The seventh session of the Informal European Parliament Dialogue on China took place at the European Parliament on 13c April and was organised by the Brussels Institute of China Contemporary Studies (BICCS). The Dialogue was attended by some 60 MEPs, European and Chinese diplomats, think tank analysts, academics and others. Elmar Brok MEP and Reinhard… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Feng Zhongping*, a politically influential scholar, gave an interesting perspective on the EU-China relationship. He insisted that Europe was important to China. However, it came third behind the US, and the neighbourhood countries of Russia and Japan. The EU is China’s number 1 trade partner and a valuable supplier of technology. But the EU’s political… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

ASEM: Who?

How many Europeans know that an ASEM Summit will be held in Brussels on 4-5 October this year, attended by prime ministers or presidents of 45 countries plus the EU/Commission? Indeed, how many are aware of the existence of ASEM, which is distinct from ASEAN? ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) embraces the 10 ASEAN members (Brunei, Cambodia,… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A lecture by Professor Li Jinshan of Zhejiang University on 27 April surprised the BICCS (Brussels Institute for Contemporary China Studies) with the complexity of the Chinese governing structure. This illustrates why the enforcement of laws passed by the Central Government is not easy, as foreign companies have found to their disadvantage. China has five… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Ian Bremmer’s article in the March 2010 issue of Prospect is well worth reading. The world’s two great powers are growing dangerously hostile to one another. Could this be worse than the cold war? Previous posts have raised the increasing conflict between China and the US. President Hu Jintao’s attendance at the nuclear disarmament conference… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A fascinating election

The UK has never faced such a fascinating General Election than the forthcoming one on 6 May. The list of uncertain factors is long. For example the effects of: the size of the turnout tactical voting the influence of Scottish and Welsh nationalists achieving or preventing a hung parliament on the Liberal Democrat vote social… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

I have expressed growing concern over the dangers of the deterioration of US-China relations – the Obama visit, Taiwan arms sales, Dalai Lama, Google, cybersecurity and the trade deficit, with the likelihood of China being branded a ‘currency manipulator’ by the US Treasury on 15 April. The leaders on both sides have realized these dangers… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick