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Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

      Why Brexit is the right future for the EU, as well as for Britain (in my humble opinion). Brussels, 17/12/2017. It would be unnatural not to have doubts about the wisdom of Brexit. The news reports play a daily tune on the latest setback or political difficulty, […]

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18/12/2017 at 00:00EU EU_Business

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

    Why is it that my country is so poor? I ask myself this question after listening to the latest set of economic and social problems emerging on today’s BBC Radio 4. Of course doom and gloom in the news is everyday ordinary (it is the journalist’s bread and […]

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13/12/2017 at 14:55EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

Brexit-Shorts – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga …… EU vision over Brexit? Not … 04/12/2017. Clearly the various EU establishments are determined to make life as difficult as possible for the UK during the Brexit negotiations. The image of Donald Tusk, that […]

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15/06/2017 at 11:27EU Life&Liberty

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Graphene motorcycle helmet launched

Update 08/12/2016. Recent research under the EU’s Graphene Flagship programme (http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=170781&CultureCode=en) has shown how graphene’s electrical properties can underpin much more powerful sensors. The benefits of such sensors can be double-edged. Graphene’s ability to sense impact could be used in a very positive way – for example enabling an in-helmet […]

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01/12/2016 at 16:34Auto EU EU_Energy

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

Whistleblowers in the EU need protection

        “Besides journalists’ legal protections, equivalent protections should be extended to the people who risk their livelihoods, and lives, to bring this information to light in the first place,” wrote Lauren Kirchner, reporting on Columbia Journalism Schools’ seminar “Journalism after Snowden” in January 2014. See this piece […]

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18/11/2016 at 23:25EU Life&Liberty Snowden

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

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

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