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Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Brussels, 03/05/2018. I went to a press conference yesterday. In the Brussels Press Club, it promised to be interesting. Apparently the nuclear-limitation agreement between Iran and the rest of the world is due to expire in nine days time. Tick-Tock, the conference was called. Should the agreement be extended? ‘Salvaged’ […]

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03/05/2018 at 16:28EU Life&Liberty

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

Update, 06/02/2019. Sometimes, truth needs friends – the latest EU Greens/EFA whistleblower-protection campaign as the EU legislation grinds its way through the EU Council and Parliament. See: Brussels, 18/04/2018. The European Commission is expected to propose a new EU-wide whistleblower-protection law within the week. The proposed regulation is an attempt […]

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18/04/2018 at 00:03EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

– being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga ……   EU Parliament plenary approves post-Brexit visa waiver for UK nationals 04/04/2019 Update. The full European Parliament, with 502 votes to 81 and 29 abstentions, today backed the draft EU law exempting UK citizens from […]

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15/04/2018 at 11:27Brexit EU

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

Short shorts

Short shorts

      – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to day-to-day reportings ……     Sajid Javid – Britain’s next Prime Minister? 04/06/2018. Very interesting to hear UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid today on BBC Radio 4. With the BBC these days being such an obvious government […]

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11/12/2017 at 13:25Control Culture EU 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