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Northern Europe the place to be for environmental protection

A new study of different nations’ environmental protection has been released today prior to the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The report is different to previous analysis by the same authors from Yale and Columbia universities in that it ranks countries according to how well they are […]

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This week: the Sound of Europe [Updated, 23.01.2006]

New year, new EU Presidency, and a new debate about the European Constitution? This week should make things a bit clearer I hope… Friday and Saturday this week the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU is hosting a conference in Salzburg amusingly entitled “Sound of Europe“, and I […]

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Is this hypocrisy from the Irish?

An opinion poll in today’s Irish Times finds that 78% of Irish citizens want to re-introduce a permit system for migrant workers from the new EU member states, and a majority of the population thinks that enough immigration has taken place. The article can be found here. It strikes me […]

EU Politics

Whale solidarity

Sometimes a certain story just manages to capture the public imagination. This weekend, London has been lucky enough to benefit from such a story – the Thames Whale. See the coverage from The Observer here, The Sun here, and then it even reached Dagens Nyheter and Spiegel. Saturday was a […]

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‘Safe pair of hands’ personified: Olli Rehn

Now, if there is one issue that tends to get people motivated, it is EU enlargement. Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn was in London on Friday and, among other things, gave a speech at LSE about his work. Yet his speech, and especially his means of answering questions, were such a […]

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Bag on the bus

Some of the signs displayed in the London Underground rightly state that the best way to get to grips with a terrorist threat is for every individual to be vigilant and to look out for left luggage etc. But the question now in my mind is whether the people of […]

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Burning the midnight html: Europatermine

There’s been a good reason for the blog being a bit quiet recently: I have been working like crazy to get the website Europatermine.de complete for JEF and Europ√?ische Bewegung in Berlin. It’s needed a hell of a lot of hours of PHP work and neverending requests from the organisers, […]

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Wealth inequality, working hours, and happiness?

There is an excellent post on the New Economist blog (read it here) that discusses a recent study about whether there is a correlation between working hours and income inequality – simply put, the need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and to work to get the possessions that others […]

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Pressure problems for kids in planes, and Will Hutton

The flight back from Berlin was a bit better than the journey there – no annoying fellow passengers, and I managed to get from the plane and into the train in less than 5 minutes at Stansted – surely a record! So I managed to get the last tube from […]

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Brits with an American-style debt problem

The Brits have apparently reached the point where their credit card debt is starting to decline, but according to this interesting article in USA Today, we still have an average of $5188 of credit card debt per person – about ??3000! Remarkable that is the average figure! Further, one in […]

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What is it about the Aussies?

Whenever I fly with Ryanair I always seem to have the bad luck to end up sat close to some Aussies in the plane. Does not even seem to matter where: they have been on flights to Stockholm, Altenburg, and now to Berlin. Now I would not wish to generalise […]