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In search of a European identity

December 21, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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The problem(s) with ID cards

Everyone I’ve spoken to recently has been doing the same old “if you’ve done nothing wrong…” arguments, usually followed by the “so what’s the big deal?” line. Normally, after a five minute rant, I manage to convince them that this … Continue reading

December 17, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Blair government gives two fingers to the constitution

Hey, it was predictable, right? The Lords is only the highest court in the land – why the hell should the government listen to them when they vote 8 to 1 that the detention without charge of terror suspects is … Continue reading

November 28, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ukraine crisis continued – one week on

For a chronology of events and a by-the-minute look at the boom in global coverage over the last week: one, two, three , four, five, some analysis, and six – between them these provide a chronology of events and coverage … Continue reading

November 25, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ukraine crisis continued – room for hope

For a chronology of events and a by-the-minute look at the boom in global coverage over the last week: one, two, three , four, five, and some analysis – between them these provide a chronology of events and coverage from … Continue reading

November 24, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ukraine crisis continued – any solution?

This follows on from this, this, this and this, which between them provide a chronology of events and coverage from 7pm on Monday 22nd November until 11pm on Wednesday 24th (London time). I’ll continue to keep a close eye on … Continue reading

November 24, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ukraine crisis continued – international solution?

After the events of the last 48 hours covered here, here and here, time to step back and think a bit. 8:30pm: An anonymous comment to this blog provides a summarised translation of an article in Russian which gives a … Continue reading

November 24, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ukraine crisis continued – violence approaching?

Following this and this… 3pm: Ukranian special police will defend the people if Russian troops attack, while Russia refuses to confirm or deny its troops’ presence. 3:20pm: Another new site in support of Ukranian democracy (sorry – link corrected – … Continue reading

November 22, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Breaking News: Military-backed coup in the Ukraine?

Tuesday note – I’ll try and keep this post updated throughout the day Note 2: It has been brought to my attention by Europhobia’s Matt that “the use of the definitive article is wrong and quite insulting in Ukraine. ‘The’ … Continue reading

November 22, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Where next for democracy?

The New Republic analyses potential Democrat candidates for the 2008 elections (registration required, or try BugMeNot). Dismissing the ones who’ve had a lot of speculation already � the likes of John Edwards, Howard Dean, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama � … Continue reading

November 19, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Europe: “inward-looking and self-absorbed”?

Well, yep. That sounds fair enough… Thanks to Alun (a lovely chappie like wot gave me an email heads-up on this one) for pointing out BBC Radio 4′s Analysis: Eyes Wide Shut, which was broadcast last night. (I think you … Continue reading

November 13, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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Olympics screws Greece, so why should London bother?

The initial estimated bill for Greece to host the Olympics was 4.2 billion euros (�3.2 billion; $6 billion). It turns out that the final tally is nearer 9 billion (�6.3 billion; $11.6 billion) – and that doesn’t even include the … Continue reading

November 1, 2004
by James Clive-Matthews
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US elections – EU implications

No matter which way you look at it, the result of tomorrow’s election will have knock-on effects around the world. It’s easy to paint Bush as a wannabe unilateralist, avoiding the traditional channels of the UN, NATO etc. in his … Continue reading