Pioneers and Pirates Demand A Free Internet

Pioneers and Pirates Demand A Free Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, the man who is responsible for the internet came to the European Parliament to deliver an impassioned plea to keep the internet open, free and available to all. He described the internet as a medium that didn’t discriminate on national or political grounds and that he hoped that industries involved would allow a [...]

January 2nd, 2010 by Andy Carling 

Blessed Are The Peace Volunteers

Blessed Are The Peace Volunteers

The European Union may set up a new volunteering organisation, the European Peace Corps, after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on democracy building in external relations in the EU.
Item 17  calls on the council, Commission and Member States “to consider the establishment of a volunteer European Peace Corps, while taking into account the positive [...]

December 31st, 2009 by Andy Carling 

The Disarming Mr Blix

The Disarming Mr Blix

Ahead of the UK’s Iraq Inquiry, ex Chief Weapons Inspector, Hans Blix spoke in Brussels at an event organised by the European Policy Centre and presented his thoughts on the Iraq war and nuclear disarmament. He said that the early ’90’s saw some reduction in weapons stockpiles but in the second half of the decade, [...]

December 29th, 2009 by Andy Carling 

The Tories and Europe

The Tories and Europe

There have always been two factions in the British Conservative party when it comes to Europe. The pro-Europeans see engaging with Europe as part of the nations trading legacy and see the value of being part of a group of democratic states.

The Euro-skeptics are more isolationist, as befits an island nation and see the EU [...]

December 28th, 2009 by Andy Carling 

Rethinking International Relations: Meet A Guerrilla Diplomat

Rethinking International Relations: Meet A Guerrilla Diplomat

Daryl Copeland has served in the Canadian Diplomatic service for almost three decades and has traveled on six continents as a backpacker. He sees the traditional diplomacy institutions as not being able to cope with the complexities of a global world and suggests a radical approach in his book, Guerrilla Diplomacy. In this interview he [...]

December 27th, 2009 by Andy Carling 

Painting Provence

Painting Provence

American artist Patricia Clendening Buzzerio had her artistic spirit awakened when she lived in Provence. By taking up a paintbrush she was influenced by her mother, who was a gifted artist in stained glass, and this is evident in her use of colour and light in her work.
She describes her style as “letting the sketch [...]

December 26th, 2009 by Andy Carling 

ECR Today, Gone Tomorrow?

ECR Today, Gone Tomorrow?

The controversy over Michal Kaminski shows no sign of dying down, indeed as the British election campaign has unofficially started, it seems that Labour will keep it alive. This is causing concern to the Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS), who have had discrete chats with the EPP group. So far these have come to nothing, [...]

December 26th, 2009 by Andy Carling 
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