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This article has been sent to Blogactiv by Dr Dan Luca, expert in EU Communication Techniques. Successful European integration requires more than the implementation of efficient institutions and the harmonization of national and European policy making. It also involves processes of communication and the appearance of public sphere that allows citizens to get involved in… » read more

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In this exclusive article, Sir Stephen Wall, formerly the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the European Union, explains why the new coalition government in the UK faces a changing relationship with the EU. A few days after the British General Election, I saw a UK Press review which was full of downbeat comments from pro-European… » read more

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With assistance from American friends, Blogactiv has been able to put questions to Bob Haywood, Executive Director of One Earth Future Foundation about the forthcoming UN Contact Meeting about maritime piracy. Mr Haywood explains the issues surrounding piracy and the EU in some detail. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/j5PvSKnp_jg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] One Earth Future is a… » read more

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Richard Wilson argues that if we are not careful electoral reform could be a distraction from the new politics we need. I never marched against the Iraq war. I can’t remember why; I was probably ‘busy’. I did, though, construct quite an elaborate intellectual defense. An argument which hinged largely on a critique of our… » read more

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The FT published a new Harris Poll today that suggests Americans are more tolerant of Muslim tradition than Europeans. As the headline reads: “Majority Support Outlawing the Burka”. That majority lies in the 5 Big EU States and ranges from 50% (German) to 70% (France). In the USA, by contrast, only 33% support a ban… » read more

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I have followed Michel Barnier’s career for many years, as a Master of Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduated 2003. I believe him to be very up and coming, and so talented. He is aware of the world’s economic outlook. You know he has a lot of pressures building on him.… » read more

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In 2009 over thirty countries contributed warships to protect vital tankers and cargo ships sailing around the Horn of Africa. While these navies have indeed reduced the number of successful hijackings per 100 attacks, the pirates doubled the number of attacks, vastly increased the area where they can mount assaults, and succeeded in hijacking forty-seven… » read more

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The following has been submitted to Blogactiv by Mr Florian Mueller. The simplest way to dismiss any claim that MySQL should not play a role in the assessment of the Oracle/Sun merger due to its limited revenues is to point out that MySQL is apparently important enough to Oracle that it puts the entire Sun… » read more

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