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In search of a European identity

June 12, 2012
by James Clive-Matthews
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An American view of Europe the UK would be sensible to note

Once again, no one knows what’s going to happen – yet everyone knows it’s going to be bad. This from The Atlantic makes some good points amidst the “eurogeddon” worst-case scenario act – but this time from an American perspective, … Continue reading

December 16, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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The US State Department on the Lisbon Treaty

We’ve seen all the intra-European arguments about Lisbon (now in force for a full fortnight) – what we really need is some expert extra-European opinion. So ta very much to Philip H Gordon, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian … Continue reading

November 3, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Pre-US election links and the like worth a look

- As that all-important US election looms ever closer, EU foreign ministers are meeting today to discuss how to rebuild those battered ties between Europe and America that conventional wisdom sees as having been so badly damaged during the Bush … Continue reading

September 12, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The rise of new world order rhetoric and the current identity crisis

Two articles well worth a gander, both trying to work out the “new post-Cold War world order” that increasing numbers are identifying in the wake of the Georgia crisis, and slowly trying to define. First up, from The Economist, this … Continue reading

September 11, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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US response to Russia’s invasion of Georgia

This will bear close analysis, even with the imminent change of regime in Washington. Running, as it does, to nearly 6,000 words, I don’t have the time just now, but will hopefully return to this on the morrow. For now, … Continue reading

August 15, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Strong words from the US, but it’s up to the EU – for now

From the press conference held by Condoleezza Rice this afternoon on the South Ossetia situation: “the way that Russia has brutally pushed this military operation well beyond the bounds of anything that might have related to South Ossetia calls into … Continue reading

July 27, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Barack Obama’s European Vacation

I’ve largely ignored Obama’s European vacation because – like that fairly shoddy Chevy Chase vehicle – I couldn’t see the point of it. But one thing from his much-analysed Berlin speech did stick out – and I’ve not seen it … Continue reading

January 25, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Extraordinary rendition: the verdict

Sorry – missed this yesterday… The [tag]European Parliament[/tag] has yet to vote on the final report following its investigation into CIA [tag]extraordinary rendition[/tag] flights in Europe, but finalised it is (and you can download it from the temporary committee’s website … Continue reading