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Archives for EU Priorities 2020

I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the… » read more

The European Commission’s approach to yet another upcoming reform of the common agricultural policy is largely devoted to the continuation of the current policy with a few added concessions to green pressures on the side. This approach is increasingly irrelevant at this stage in the development of European agriculture and in an increasingly unstable world… » read more

József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more

African leaders are a breed apart. They worship power and when their hold on it is contested, either by elections or by mass protests, they are ready to kill their own citizens in order to keep it. Not only that, but leaders like Gaddafi or Mubarak wanted to keep power within their families and have… » read more

THE LATEST developments from Tripoli and the surrounding towns demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Gaddafi is a madman. By attacking his own population and killing them indiscriminately, he and his family are disqualified from the human race, let alone from leading an important oil producing country like Libya.

Improved food security has long been a justification for protecting farmers. In the long history of European agriculture policy flinging up tariff walls and subsidising production has nearly always been the governmental response to the prospect of potential food shortage. The evidence that such actions generally result in a reduction of production outside the protected… » read more

The Belgian government was left in chaos in April after Belgium’s King Albert II accepted the resignation of the Flemish Christian democrat and Prime Minister, Yves Leterme – Leterme’s third resignation since July 2008. This was the latest installation in the long-term power struggle between the country’s French-speaking Walloons and Flemish-speaking majority. Leterme’s five-month old… » read more

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen writes The PES – and more recently also the European Parliament – has made a clear demand for new regulation to cover all financial players including hedge funds. In response the European Commission has launched a ‘consultation’ on regulation for hedge funds. It is not what we asked for but it is… » read more

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