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In my previous post dedicated to the debate at the House of Commons I did not make mention of Dr Fox statement on French nuclear assets. Saying that “We must also remember that France itself co-operates very closely on nuclear issues with the United States. The United States, France and the United Kingdom form the… » read more

The Spanish digital review Atenea published on 3rd November an article written by Alfredo Crespo Alcázar and titled “La economía: factor determinante en la politica de defensa de David Cameron“. According to this website, Mr Crespo Alcázar’s book “David Cameron: tras la senda de Churchill y Thatcher” should be available from next December on (this… » read more

I Want Your Money Back!

EU institutions and member states are warming up for the negotiations on the post-2013 EU budget, which are just around the corner. French MEP Alain Lamassoure, who chairs the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, said yesterday that national gov…

Since the very beginning of operations in Afghanistan, exactly 2002 for the German Police Project, Germany has been training the Afghan Police as a contribution to the reconstruction of the state of law. However, times are becoming harder for the German Police. Die Zeit, the German weekly newspaper of reference, has published on 5th September… » read more

In the former times I had heard about the European Air Transport Command (EATC), supposed to put under one single operational authority the military transport fleets of Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Then nothing happened. But, some days ago, going through the blogs I usually visit, a post, showing an Airbus A400-M flying over… » read more

In the 90’s, along with German reunification and the upheaval of Eastern Europe map, France, Germany and Poland set up an informal forum, named the Triangle of Weimar. This forum stills exists, even if more or less on decline, and covers many fields of tri-lateral cooperation, including defence. Initially, this cooperation could have become to… » read more

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies, along with the French IRIS, issued in July a report dedicated to “Security and Stability in Africa in the twenty-first century“, written by Richard Downie. This report is really worth being read because of the accurate and updated view on Africa it conveys. I particularly enjoyed […]

As of January 1, 2010, France was supposed to have launched its ecological tax reform, under which fossil energy would be taxed at increasingly higher rates and taxes on income and would be lowered correspondingly. On December 27th, the Conseil d`Etat has, however, declared the envisaged legislation as unconstitutional, on the grounds that it contained… » read more

At last a touch of balance in Britain’s Daily Telegraph over the nomination of Michel Barnier to the internal market portfolio, with responsibility for financial services! I guess it’s no coincidence that the writer, eurosceptic Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, was the newspaper’s correspondent in Brussels from 1999 until 2004 – the same time span as Barnier’s former… » read more

The following article was published by EurActiv.com on 2nd December 2009. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the speakers of the EU 27’s national parliaments this week, informing them of their increased powers under the Lisbon Treaty, EurActiv has learned. In the letter to speakers of the EU’s 40 upper and lower… » read more

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