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On 5 November the European Investment bank (EIB) signed agreements with Turkey to open two representative offices in Ankara and Istanbul. Operations will begin after ratification by the Turkish Parliament. * EIB total lending between 2000-2007 reached EUR 7bn and some EUR 2bn in 2007 alone. see article

Three American political commentators do not see global warming as one of the defining issues for the upcoming presidential campaign. The next president will probably be chosen on the basis of personality and domestic issues unless there is a new terrorist attack before November 2008. The three journalists, Rick Burke (NY Times), Carroll Doherty (Pew… » read more

One has got used to the fact that monthly magazines arrive quite early: In November you get the December issue with the October news. It seems the International Charlemagne Prize has a similar timing: On 13 November the prize committee announced the winner of the 2008 Charlemagne Prize: Angela Merkel. The official ceremony will take… » read more

UK’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband [blog] will be calling today for zero-carbon cars by 2030 during a speech in Bruges, according to the Guardian. This is an ambitious target which is not likely to get much applause in car industry circles as the sector is fighting hard to prevent future EU laws that would force… » read more

A 27 page report that summarizes the benefits of EU enlargement to non-EU countries. Here focused on Japan but has broader significance too. EU Enlargement implications for Japan?? Source: Delegation of the European Commission to Japan Original post by mlpoltic

http://www.aseminfoboard.org/Calendar/OfficialsMeetings/?id=221 * France to host the first meeting of ASEM working group on customs matters in Spring 2008 (AWC) * Tackling counterfeiting to be a priority of French Presidency in 2008 * European Commission to coordinate joint customs operations with ASEM customs such as “Diabolo 2″ http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/diabolo/i_en.html Note: Hong Kong and Taiwan are not members… » read more

* France to host the first meeting of ASEM working group on customs matters in Spring 2008 (AWC) * Tackling counterfeiting to be a priority of French Presidency in 2008 * European Commission to coordinate joint customs operations with ASEM customs such as “Diabolo 2″ Note: Hong Kong and Taiwan are not members of ASEM… » read more

I commend to you Tom Friedman’s op-ed piece in today’s International Herald TribuneLet me just offer some quotes: “Two dates – two numbers. Read them and weep for what could have, and should have, been. On Sept. 11, 2001, the OPEC basket oil price was $25.50 a barrel. On Nov. 13, 2007, the OPEC basket… » read more

This is rich. The US Congress is writing a fresh agricultural support bill. Brave Democrat Congresswoman Amy Klobuchar wants to restrict farm subsidies to farmers with incomes below $750,000. Even with the dollar in free fall that’s hardly poverty stricken. Our compassionate Nanny in Chief the Bush man wants to cap government largesse to farmers… » read more

This is rich. The US Congress is writing a fresh agricultural support bill. Brave Democrat Congressman Amy Klobuchar wants to restrict farm subsidies to farmers with incomes below $750,000. Even with the dollar in free fall that’s hardly poverty stricken. Our compassionate Nanny in Chief the Bush man wants to cap government largesse to farmers… » read more

Mr. James speaks about how the BBC covers European Union affairs. Download “Editors … are now interested in the role EU plays on the world stage … or isn’t playing and should play.” Original post by Mark F. Rendeiro

Greetings from high above the streets of Paris, where the biggest labor battle in a decade is taking place. As I strolled the streets last night you could feel the tension in the air.  The strike had begun, across the country transport workers were walking off the job.  At many of the nation’s universities, students… » read more

Greetings from high above the streets of Paris, where the biggest labor battle in a decade is taking place. As I strolled the streets last night you could feel the tension in the air. The strike had begun, across the country transport workers were walking off the job. At many of the nation’s universities, students… » read more

There are a lot of moral problems linked to the issue of climate change. One of them shows itself clearly in a recent report published by international development agency Christian Aid. Its 19-pages ”Truly Inconvenient” report looks at ways to “tackle poverty and climate change at once” and concludes that developed countries like the US and the EU… » read more

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