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Klaus on the summit

Speaking about splits, here’s a pretty frank and thought-provoking note from Czech President Václav Klaus, regarding today’s EU summit on Libya:Notes for the European Council on Libya1. The Czech Republic considers today’s meeting as very important …

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One challenge down, many to go

EU member states have today agreed to impose sanctions on the Gaddafi regime. The decision follows on from a UN Security Council Resolution adopted over the weekend.Italy, who only a few days ago strongly rejected talk of sanctions, has apparently back…

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Everyone who has read George Orwell’s novel 1984 is familiar with the concept of “memory holes”, which the Ministry of Truth used to get rid of inconvenient documents and photographs. Well, it seems as if the EU has picked up on the idea.Apparently, a …

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The House of Lords EU Committee has strongly criticised the EU’s police training mission in Afghanistan in a fairly damning report released yesterday. The report concludes:This was an opportunity for Europe to pull its weight in Afghanistan in a discip…

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Lacking confidence

In global affairs, the EU seems to suffer from a peculiar lack of confidence, stemming from its all too frequent failure to come up with anything meaningful to say on the world stage.This is probably also why EU leaders attach such a huge importance to…

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