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A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

Among all the prestigious buildings in Brussels, and the MEPs, the functionaries, the journalists and the lobbyists, European citizens should have their own space.

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22/04/2010 at 12:41EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

Tales from a Brussels bar Tam the barman suddenly exclaimed “ffff” – that was what started it. He was under pressure –

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28/03/2010 at 22:50Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Tales from a Brussels bar An interesting topic came up on Monday evening last week. Outside temperatures had risen by at least eight degrees in the previous two days, and Brussels was showing the first welcome signs of spring. 

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16/03/2010 at 17:05EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

The EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) has launched an anonymous online fraud tip-off system for citizens who wish to report evidence of official corruption.

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10/03/2010 at 22:44EU Life&Liberty

SOLVIT – help with your EU cross-border issues

SOLVIT – help with your EU cross-border issues

SOLVIT is an online problem-solving network for EU citizens and businesses that is designed to help solve difficult cross-border problems with national EU administrations without resort to legal proceedings.

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10/03/2010 at 21:29EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

Tales from a Brussels bar I caught up with Maj in the bar yesterday after a particularly confusing euro meeting, so I was happy to get beer in hand and think about things less complicated. Barely had I settled in my seat, however, before the discussion slid to that bane […]

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Age and the balanced personality

Age and the balanced personality

Tales from a Brussels bar I was joshing with my old mate Maj last night – we were exchanging news and solving the problems of the world. And he started getting philosophical. Don’t get me wrong. Philosophy and the deeper state of being are not something we normally get up […]

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15/02/2010 at 15:30EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Liberty at stake

Liberty at stake

The Convention on Modern Liberty, London, 2009, saw general recognition from the great and good that Britain is dangerously close to a police state. What can be done about it?

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08/09/2009 at 13:10Control Culture Life&Liberty

Can-Am Spyder – a trike for bikers

Can-Am Spyder – a trike for bikers

Mention a motor-tricycle to most people and they will think of some kind of novel disabled person’s vehicle. The Can-Am Spyder, however, is nothing like that. A high-performance “recreational vehicle” that you can drive with a car licence, the Spyder is built along the same lines as the old Morgan […]

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20/08/2009 at 12:10Auto Share the vibe

Playing for change

Playing for change

    Playing for change – peace through music.

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12/01/2009 at 17:00Share the vibe