Blogactiv was pleased to speak to Sir Crispin Tickell, environmental thought leader, author and former adviser to Margaret Thatcher. He explains why he thinks we need a rethink or markets, economics, town planning, agriculture and much more in this wide ranging macro level interview.
The Asian financial crisis from 1997-98, followed by the subprime crisis of 2007-08 and the 2010 sovereign debt crisis have all but torpedoed what most analysts like to call “the Washington Consensus“. Entire nations and political groups that had opted in the nineties for free markets, political democracy and neoliberal economics are now turning in… » read more
The US Treasury is expected to issue its semi-annual report in 15 April. Will it declare China a “currency manipulator”? This would be “for purposes of preventing effective balance of payments adjustments or gaining unfair competitive advantage in international trade.” This could lead to the imposition of countervailing duties on Chinese imports. The possibility of… » read more
There is an interesting article in the New England Journal of Medicine today (as authoritative as medical journals get), entitled Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet. It addresses the issue of the changing flow of information between doctor and patient. The article states that, from a clinical practice perspective, the internet has… » read more
In an immediate volte-face the French government has drawn the conclusions from the debacle of the regional elections and abandoned the project of C02 tax that had been prepared with much fanfare during the last two years. Designed to win voters from the green camp it has lost its purpose. Anyhow it had been so… » read more
The following article appeared in the Beijing Review on 24 Decemeber 2009 Better Times Ahead The Lisbon Treaty and a new EU hierarchy point to greater stability and a resurgent dynamism By Stanley Crossick The year 2009 was a difficult one for the European Union (EU). The European Parliament elections, held in June, are always… » read more
The economic crisis is having a profound impact on labour markets, exposing a huge gulf in the pay and conditions on offer in the public and private sectors. UEAPME, a European lobby group representing small firms, summed it up neatly today when they warned that the workforce will soon be made up of insiders who… » read more
The true meaning of Earth Hour is to prepare us to deal with the coming energy shortages, scheduled brown-outs and long duration electricity cuts.
The following story about German consent for helping Greece financially was published by EurActiv on 24th March 2010. Just ahead of an EU summit starting tomorrow (25 March), Germany signalled for the first time that it may accept European financial aid for Greece as a last resort, but only if the IMF is involved and… » read more
Blogactiv was pleased to speak to Alexander Sarris, Commodities and Trade Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation at FFA 2010. Mr Sarris explains the potential influence of climate change and water use in food production. He also discusses “land grab” and use of land for biofuels.
Blogactiv interviewed Donato Fanelli, National Delegate for Coldiretti at FFA 2010 in Brussels. He explains the balance between farming, feeding the world, land use and CAP reform.
When Swiss said no to more minarets in referendum in Nov. 2009 I was making TV news about it and in front of my eyes had a video from Switzerland with minaret and Swiss Alps in the background. My co-worker sitting next to me commented immediately: “That even doesn’t look like Switzerland, minarets doesn’t belong… » read more
Being a citizen of a country that seems to be facing fire from all angles, I feel the duty if not to help, at least to take the time and read about what is going on in the Member State I live in. That is how I stumbled upon something that my basic understanding of… » read more
Pamela Geller* (Atlas Shrugs) and Robert Spencer ** (Jihad Watch), are not the kind of people, Geert Wilders likes to show himself off with. In Europe, that is.On May 1st, in Los Angeles, he will do, what he avoids doing in Europe: Associate openly …
EU foreign policy supremo, Cathy Ashton, visited Gaza last Thursday During her visit, rockets were fired into Israel, killing a Thai worker. Israel retaliated with air strikes on Gaza. Yesterday, the Quartet, meeting in Moscow, condemned Israel’s recent announcement that 1 600 new housing units for Jews would be built in East Jerusalem. Next Thursday… » read more
As a part of plan of economic recovery, EU decided to allocate EUR 3.98 billion on energy projects. Today, the vast majority (97 %) has been devoted CCS technology demonstrations, building some cross-border gas and electricity interconnections as well as for developing a series of offshore wind parks etc; but not a single euro for… » read more
The EU is taking its time in deciding what real policy actions to implement regarding the crisis over Greek finances and the eurozone, but publics in Greece and elsewhere are not waiting to express their disenchantment with national and supranational elites.
The historical struggle in Washington about Health Care Reform went mostly under the horizon of the European mainstream press, lastly. One understands why. The procedure got stuck, last autumn, in the dark alleyways of US decision-making on the f…
Over the last few days, the regulation of various types of financial operator and market have come in for attention. Everyone seems to agree, we need more financial regulations. When I say everyone, I mean everyone in politics… It is clear that when billions – many hundreds of them – have been used to ‘bail… » read more
Writing in BusinessWeek on 12 March, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said global economic growth would be about 1.5% higher if China stopped restraining the value of its currency and running trade surpluses. “We should not be afraid of what the Chinese might do if we pressure them to stop this currency manipulation,” Krugman said.… » read more