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While many Eurocrats and consumer goods marketers would like to believe that the Single Market is indeed single, the reality on the ground looks very different. Going from north to south in Western Europe we pass from one consumer zone to another. In beds, it’s from singles to doubles. In cooking, it’s from butter/margarine to… » read more

How should the 20 per cent renewables target be divided among the member states? The EU has set two remarkable targets to be reached by 2020: 20 per cent energy saving and 20 per cent renewables in the energy mix. Those targets are remarkable because they were set without specifying in detail what the numbers… » read more

Internet replaces TV

Southampton, UK (View on map) Big Brother, imported from The Netherlands in 2000, grew out to be a big hit during the first two editions on British television. Clones and spin-offs like Teen Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother saw the daylight shortly after, just like many other reality-based programs. After huge initial successes, the… » read more

Childhood memories

Southampton, UK (View on map) Culture and traditions are handed over from generation to generation and the transmission usually starts at very young age. Childhood memories are therefore likely to be very culture-specific ? a good reason to harass some people with the following question: which is your first and/or best childhood memory? Sarah (23)… » read more

As one of the world’s biggest economic sectors, banks should play a leading role in the mitigation and adaptation actions needed to stop global warming. But a new report presented on 9 January by CERES, a US-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, shows that the banking sector’s climate actions to date are only “the… » read more

A system-wide financial crisis, food insecurity, supply chain disruptions and climate and energy chaos are the four major global risks for the coming year according to a report released on 9 January by the World Economic Forum. The report “Global Risks 2008” comes two weeks before the yearly WEF meeting in Davos and highlights most… » read more

Besides the appointment of ‘the High Representative’ the Lisbon Treaty provides for the creation of an External Action Service. To work in cooperation with the diplomatic service of Member States it would be comprised of: staff from General Secretariat of the European Council and Commission; and, staff seconded from Member State diplomatic services. Article 13a… » read more

Besides the appointment of ‘the High Representative’ the Lisbon Treaty provides for the creation of an External Action Service. To work in cooperation with the diplomatic service of Member States it would be comprised of: staff from General Secretariat of the European Council and Commission; and, staff seconded from Member State diplomatic services. Article 13a… » read more

The past six weeks have seen comments/visits by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to the following: Armenia – Upcoming visit in February 2008/implementation of Action Plan/Inclusion in Baku-Tbilisi-Kar railway Georgia – Upcoming visit planned early February 2008/Free Trade Agreement negotiations (expected completion 2009) Tajikistan/Afghanistan – Stronger border controls Pakistan – +61 person observer mission for February 17th,… » read more

The past six weeks have seen comments/visits by EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to the following: Armenia – Upcoming visit in February 2008/implementation of Action Plan/Inclusion in Baku-Tbilisi-Kar railway Georgia – Upcoming visit planned early February 2008/Free Trade Agreement negotiations (expected completion 2009) Tajikistan/Afghanistan – Stronger border controls Pakistan – +61 person observer mission for February 17th,… » read more

The past six weeks have seen the EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson make notable announcements on China, Iraq, and, South Korea. Trade talks were also held with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. At the 10th China-EU summit meeting in November besides highlighting the balance of EU-China trade reference was made to ways in… » read more

The past six weeks have seen the EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson make notable announcements on China, Iraq, and, South Korea. Trade talks were also held with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. At the 10th China-EU summit meeting in November besides highlighting the balance of EU-China trade reference was made to ways in… » read more

The victory of Barack Obama in last week’s Iowa elections came as a big surprise for the EU elites who had already put all their money on a new Clinton Presidency. If Obama continues his winning streak on Tuesday on New Hampshire, European policymakers and lobbyists will have to learn more about the positions of… » read more

Lobbying points in Europe

As ever more national legislation within Europe is aligned to laws created and set in Brussels lobbying in Europe assumes growing importance. But the question of where and who to lobby is critical. An August 2006 seminar in networking in Europe provided some useful pointers in where to start Networking in the European Union. The… » read more

As ever more national legislation within Europe is aligned to laws created and set in Brussels lobbying in Europe assumes growing importance. But the question of where and who to lobby is critical. An August 2006 seminar in networking in Europe provided some useful pointers in where to start Networking in the European Union. The… » read more

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