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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

Stories that reflect the growing pre-occupation of our governments with controlling their citizens.

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Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 3 The bar was quieter tonight. The usual suspects were there – we had planned to discuss Brexit again. But no-one wanted to tallk about it immediately – Maj and co. had gone off to play darts, others […]

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19/06/2016 at 17:02EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 2 Stassos was quoting Shakespeare, but in slightly modified form. “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune – or to take arms … that’s what you want to do.” He […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:16EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 1 It was a fine Spring evening in Brussels, the sun lingering on the pavements – quite the best time of the year in the city. Steve the Bar had put a couple of barrels and stools outside, […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:15EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

Amateur-rocket makers launch Nigeria into space

      By Odimegwu Onwumere Gideon Emenike and Chibuisi Nwafor were aged between 16 and 17 years when in 2013 they launched a rocket they’d made into space. Thrity minutes and five kilometres later, it crashed into the plot of Augustine Eke, a retiree. The clatter of the crashed […]

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04/05/2016 at 10:35EU_Business Life&Liberty

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

Politico Brussels’ footings setting firm

          It seems, according to the New York Times anyway, that Brussels-news newcomer (relatively speaking) Politico is making a name for itself in Euroland … Politico pierces the ‘Brussels Bubble’ with US-style coverage

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26/04/2016 at 13:58EU EU_Business

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Burgundy truffles also safer to eat – they resist radioactivity

Brussels, 03/03/2016. Those prized Burgundy or summer truffles apparently have something more than just the ability to add flavour to fine dishes – they can also resist radioactivity!. Swiss and German researchers have analysed Burgundy truffles collected across regions of central Europe, and found that unlike other fungi, they possess […]

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03/03/2016 at 13:46Climate Life&Liberty

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Enduropale 2016 – the triumph of the human spirit, and la France republicain

Enduropale 2016 – the triumph of the human spirit, and la France republicain

“You know Le Touquet, don’t you,” I said to my father yesterday. “Yes. We’ve been there,” he replied. “A rather nice, traditional French seaside resort just down the coast from Calais. It’s popular with wealthier Parisians, who like to keep a holiday home there.” “Well,” I said, “Imagine it invaded […]

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02/02/2016 at 23:03Auto

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Which EU country lays claim to being the “largest outgoing investor in the world”? The Netherlands, according to Amsterdam-based NGO SOMO (the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations). Are the Dutch proud of this? Apparently not. The problem is, says SOMO, that the source of Holland’s world-beating level of outgoing […]

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15/12/2015 at 12:57EU EU_Business

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

Brussels, 29/10/2015. European Parliament MEPs today called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The call, carried by a narrow margin (285 to 281), is stated as “in recognition of his status as […]

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30/10/2015 at 00:36EU Life&Liberty nsa NUJ Snowden