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I’m in Berlin. 2009 to 2010 is the year of Germany as the Chair of the rotating EUREKA Presidency and the end of this year is being celebrated with a Ministerial Conference and award ceremony. In case you don’t know, EUREKA is a network that helps to stimulate and foster new projects. Though they have… » read more

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Your author can clearly recall hearing Tony Blair and Gordon Brown justify the invasion of Iraq as being ‘for’ democracy. New Labour love ‘democracy’. So much so that they mentioned it in their election manifesto! You can watch as democracy is explained to Britain here: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/uvl8a-ZiyTY” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] I don’t know about… » read more

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An odd question, I know. Isn’t the global financial centre New York? Why ask if it is changing? My thoughts are becoming more and more based on the economic realities of life. The regions with the strongest economies have strong financial centres. People go to these places to access capital to help their company grow.… » read more

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Over the last few days, the regulation of various types of financial operator and market have come in for attention. Everyone seems to agree, we need more financial regulations. When I say everyone, I mean everyone in politics… It is clear that when billions – many hundreds of them – have been used to ‘bail… » read more

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Your author was fortunate enough to attend an excellent event last night. The Bavarian Permanant Representation In Brussels played host to WWF and ‘Make Space For Nature’ in this the International Year of Biodiversity. The event had an excellent array of speakers. Hosted by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands were European Commissioner for the… » read more

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With the Copenhagen summit approaching fast, the daily news is covered with stories about climate change, both good and bad. One area that seems to be ignored by the masses – and often the media – about climate change is the simple subject of ‘Who will pay?’. While it is obvious that all of humanity… » read more

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Are You A Terrorist?

The video I am linking to here shows just how bonkers the war on terrorism really is. The video has been produced by the State of Colorado – a hotbed of bad people and high-risk targets I’d imagine from this… If you can make it in to about 2 mins of the film you will… » read more

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Clearly, I have no clue what I am talking about. I’m sorry for that dear reader, and sorry that one of my recent posts suggested that this recession might run and run and take well into the next decade to end. Obviously, my thinking that all this government bailout money would need to be repaid… » read more

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Today’s European Voice (11/06/09) had a story suggesting that Latvia is in for shock therapy. This did not seem to be as seriously regarded in the paper as might be justified. In 2007, Canadian journalist Naomi Klein published “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism”. In this extraordinary book, Klein argues that the influence… » read more

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This weekend is quite an event in terms of democracy. The European Parliament elections provide an opportunity for approaching 500 million people to vote. That is quite something. With the financial crisis and recession overshadowing these elections, it seems quite reasonable that parties to the right of the political sphere will suffer. However, in many… » read more

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In the UK at least, the issue of MPs expenses is all consuming. At long last, the general public is concerned and complaining about politicians. Heaven forbid – politicians are being called to account for their actions and finances!! The cheek of it! The scandal is dragging many long-standing politicians into the mess from all… » read more

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Yesterday saw me at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in the lovely Biblioteque Solvay in Brussels. The main event was Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. Krugman spoke at some length about the current financial crisis and how he believes it is masking a growing food shortage around the world. He feels that… » read more

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Your author has tickets to EBS next week. This isn’t because of my stellar environmental knowledge, but for other occupational reasons. For those that don’t know, EBS is the European Business Summit and is a similar type of event to Davos. However, EBS concentrates on the environment, business and innovation. EBS is a very high… » read more

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