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Here, that is, in our own “developed” world and not only in those countries which are traditionally being identified as “developing” countries (the now politically incorrect “third world” in the past). As the economic growth successes and the consumption abundance of our developed countries have been bought on the back of rapid over-exploitation of the… » read more

There is a drastic difference between two recent speeches by Nicolas Sarkozy: The one in Washington last week and his speech today in Strasbourg. Sarkozy’s address to the US congress was impressive. His declaration of love to the United States was so full of praise that one could indeed forget that France has ever had… » read more

At Leonardo ENERGY, we’re starting a reflection about the elements of the super-efficient society. Many of you have heard of Factor 4, and the derived Factor 10 or even Factor 20 schools of thought. In the milestone book ‘Factor 4′, many solutions are more like an incremental improvement rather than a step change. The building… » read more

Nobody in the EU press room?

Today some EU journalists might have asked themselves what happened to the online version of the EU press room. The Europeans Union’s main site for announcements and new publications still showed the date of Monday, 5/11/2007 and not a single new item on Tuesday evening. Maybe all available EU webmaster have been busy with the… » read more

When starting a blog about Europe and its cultures, what better place to start than Belgium? After all, it is the self-proclaimed capital of Europe. I’ve been living here for 40 years. We are always told to keep out of other people’s politics but, as an admirer and a long-standing resident of this country, I… » read more

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