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By Jim Egan, Principle Partner at Ferrumar. How the ‘Masters of the Universe’ view our world (Photo source) What delicious irony to behold the Goldman Sachs cult’s desperate attempts to evade its well-deserved public and political back lashings. Tout au contraire, that Goldman’s “… reputational damage is hard to gauge …” (The Economist, “Sachs and… » read more

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Dr Christine Loudes, Campaign Director for Amnesty International, asks whether the Belgian Presidency of the European Union will work to provide greater protection for females. Aissatou Diallo was 14 years old when she was held down forcibly by six people while the seventh person cut her in her home in Guinea. She was made to… » read more

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Gender awareness expert Dr Jane Hailé discusses whether the world needs more women in decision making positions. The last couple of years have been difficult ones for the several of the so-called Bastions of Male Privilege – the Banking and Financial Sector globally, the Catholic Church, the British Parliament with its expenses scandal. For the… » read more

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Cet article existe en français On Tuesday, Belgian MPs, members of the Belgian Parliament’s Social Affairs Committee voted – unanimously – a resolution to include the proposal for a European minimum wage on the agenda of the EU Presidency chaired by Belgium starting in July 2010. (1) Hyperlinks are missing … contact me on corine… » read more

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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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