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The Economist suggests that the EU leaders should sign the new EU treaty in Brussels and “just call it the Treaty of Lisbon” in order to avoid a travel circus from Lisbon to Brussels where the regular EU summit takes place. But the question is not that simple. Also Peter Sain ley Berry from EuropaWorld… » read more

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The integrated energy-climate programme which the Merkel government is likely to approve in December could bring Germany 5 billion euros in energy savings. The 29-points package (”Eckpunkte für einintegriertes Energie- und Klimaprogramm“) was evaluated by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in a special study presented on 31 October 2007. With its climate plan the… » read more

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True to its Treaties the Union’s budget continues to be in surplus. In the year to September 30, 2007 the Union has received E88bn in revenue compared to payments made of E81bn and giving rise to a surplus of E7bn. That surplus compares to E4bn in each of the fiscal years of 2006 and 2005.… » read more

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Just as noted in The Open Europe blog reconciling head count by different parts of the European Union is not easy. As at 23 August 2007 from the European Union’s official website Europa (Annex Part C) the draft 2008 general budget projects a 2.3% rise in staff head count from 42,545 in 2007 to 43,564.… » read more

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Technorati Tags: climate change, European Union German economics professor Hans-Werner Sinn has an eye-opening article on the Vox-EU-blog. According to the well-known economist, the EU’s policies to reduce fossil fuels consumption are insufficient as they forget about the supply-side of the energy market: “The European Union’s consumption-reducing measures will be in vain if oil sheiks… » read more

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For us West Europeans, unless we are on our vacations, the Aegean sea seems to be pretty far away, tucked away in one of the most remote parts of Europe. We prefer to think of it in terms of dream islands swimming on a warm sea. The truth is much more brutal than that: […]

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The Open Europe blog estimated in January 2007 that around 54,000 staff worked in EU entities. The breakdown of these were: 42,548 Temporary and permanent EU officials 8,123 external Europeam Commission staff 2,254 extra European Parliament staff 1,075 other staff that Open Europe estimated

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Reading through the stastics for the last 7 years relating to the top arms dealers in the world, you can’t ignore the role of Europe in the dealing of weapons around the world.  True no country is a bigger merchant of arms than the US, followed by Russia.      Yet after Russia the next… » read more

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Reading through the stastics for the last 7 years relating to the top arms dealers in the world, you can’t ignore the role of Europe in the dealing of weapons around the world. True no country is a bigger merchant of arms than the US, followed by Russia. Yet after Russia the next three […]

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Technorati Tags: biofuels, climate change Martin Wolf is without any doubt one of the best European economic journalists of his time, although I do not always agree with his neo-liberal “let’s leave everything to the market” politics. Today, the FT columnist launches a brilliant attack on the political support and subsidies for biofuels which he… » read more

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EurActiv writes today that French want their say on EU treaty “61% of French citizens would like to see a referendum on the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ set to be signed by EU leaders in December, according to a recent poll. However, President Nicolas Sarkozy remains determined to pass the document by parliamentary vote.” But the article… » read more

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Two articles in the Guardian are worth spending a bit more time on today. The first “Civilisation ends with a shutdown of human concern. Are we there already?” is by environmental journalist George Monbiot and deals with the UNEP’s recent report on the state of the planet. Read also my own recent comments on this… » read more

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The Environmental Audit Committee in the UK’s House of Commons looked at the governmental structures in place to deal with climate change and found them ineffective. In its new report “Structure of Government and the Challenge of Climate Change“, it recommends that the government create a cross-government Office of Climate Change and Energy and a… » read more

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One of the tragedies of our times is that countries which are lifting themselves out of poverty are doing this by making exactly the same mistakes Western economies made in the past. For all the talk in political circles of our current development not being sustainable, nobody really seems to give a shit. Like lemmings… » read more

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