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In search of a European identity

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

July 21, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Deal ‘will slash EU farm subsidies’

Potentially promising stuff for those of us who dislike the CAP – though worrying news for Europe’s beleaguered farmers: Europe’s farmers will be “major losers” from a new world trade deal, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has admitted. He told … Continue reading

July 21, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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“The fathers of Europe and their successors”

In the US, the Founding Fathers occupy a near-sacred place in the national myth and national consciousness – a glorious pantheon of visionaries who helped guide the divided States to their destiny as a greater whole. In Europe, bar in … 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

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