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In search of a European identity

August 22, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Russia: History and humiliation

Two interesting – and thematically related – pieces look at past conflicts in relation the the Georgia / Russia spat over the last couple of days have prompted some thoughts along the old comparative history line (always an interesting intellectual … Continue reading

April 4, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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NATO, Russia and Europe

The NATO summit is the perfect illustration of the fraught relations of Russia and the West, but it’s also just a sideshow… Continue reading

July 18, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Brown’s EU diplomatic strategy

What with the ongoing spat with Russia (hyped out of all proportion, I reckon, and hope I’m not proved wrong), the fact that our dear new Prime Minister has made his first overseas jaunt while in office seems to have … Continue reading

January 19, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Constitutional confusion Redux

Despite some people making useful suggestions, elsewhere in the EU it seems all but impossible to shake of the spectre of that damned [tag]EU constitution[/tag]. Current European Union president Angela Merkel keeps on bringing the bloody thing up, repeating the … Continue reading

December 11, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
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Carnival of German-American relations

Sixty years ago today, Germany declared war on the United States. To mark the occasion, check out the Carnival of German American Relations – lots of interesting stuff. Alternatively, check out Britblog Roundup 43, over at DK’s place. (Although amongst … Continue reading

November 15, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
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Germany update

In case you missed it, they (again) finally seem to have sorted out a compromise cabinet, plus a few policy agreements which many are predicting are likely to lead to the coalition’s (and perhaps the country’s) imminet collapse – largely … Continue reading

October 10, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
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Power shifts

Looks like the balance of power in europe has shifted – Angela Merkel to take over the German Chancellorship. So, the left(ish) anti-war, pro-France leader of Europe’s largest economy is replaced with a right-wing, pro-war, pro-Busher who has hinted at … Continue reading

September 16, 2005
by James Clive-Matthews
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Kroes, Merkel and Commission impartiality

German elections: Controversial Dutch EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes (who caused a bit of fuss a year ago during the confirmation hearings for Barroso’s Commission thanks to her links to umpteen business interests and unproven allegations of shady dealings) has … Continue reading