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Germany getting ahead with green petrol

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A recent article by Daniel Wetzel published in Die Welt newspaper on 12th November 2014 entitled: “Vom Klimakiller zum Kraftstoff”, which translates as “From climate killer to fuel”, describes the progress made by German industry to develope an environmentally friendly synthetic fuel, which can be put in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle. See […]

Don’t write-off Greece – or Europe

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Never trust experts. It was experts who said the Titanic couldn’t sink. It sunk. Two years ago experts said that Greece would sink and would have to leave the Euro.  It hasn’t – and it didn’t. In July 2012 Ireland’s ‘Independent’ newspaper reported that experts predicted a 90% chance that Greece would leave the Eurozone […]

BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe

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Ace BBC journalist John Humphrys broadcast classic myths about the European Union’s budget on Radio Four’s ‘Today’ programme yesterday. If he can get it wrong, is it any wonder that the British public is so confused? At 8:35am on Friday 7 November, John interviewed European Commission spokesman, Jakub Adamowicz, about the EU’s demand for an […]

Will The “Republican Wave” Crash Over European Defense Spending?

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By James Krotz It is no secret that the Republican Party, which, after Tuesday’s election, now controls both houses of Congress in numbers not seen since the Second World War, is decidedly more hawkish than its Democratic counterpart.  Republicans, moderate and Tea Party alike, believe in a strong, well-funded military, able to project American power […]

Why did UKIP win in Clacton?

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UKIP, a political party whose polices are based on a profound fear of immigrants, has just had their first  MP elected by the people of Clacton, a town which is over 90% white British, with hardly any immigrants.  Yet in London – one of the world’s most diverse ethnic cities, where less than 50% are white British […]

Could the UK Green Investment Bank become a victim of its own success?

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In 2008, with the passing of the Climate Change Act, the UK government set the target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% of the 1990 baseline by 2050. The setting of this target, coupled with targets set at the European level, furthered the need for new, innovative approaches to the reduction of CO2 emissions that […]

The Juncker Presidencies & EU budget stability

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I’m just doing some research on budgetary rules in the Eurozone, pre- and post-crisis, and stumbled over some interesting EU trivia: Reading the original Council Regulation (Regulation 1466/97) on the Stability and Growth Pact which was meant to ensure fiscal discipline in the Eurozone, I saw that this regulation was signed by then Council President […]

How Europe should change tax policy?

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Last June Eurostat published the 2014 edition of ‘Taxation trends in the European Union‘ which outlines current tax and social security issues within EU. According to the report European economy experiences recession and one of the catalyzing factor of the process is current tax policy. More recently, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) announced […]

A new economic miracle for Europe built on renewable energy

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The common threat to the economic prosperity of every member state of the European Union is a breakdown in energy supply, because we have to rely on fossil fuels in the form of oil and gas imported from regions of the world where there are wars and human rights abuses. An even greater threat – […]

A country called Europe?

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The designers of a new ‘social atlas of Europe’ hope it will help Europeans to view their continent as their homeland.  The maps below look at Europe in a different way to usual cartography – they are part of a collection of ‘social maps’ of Europe being launched at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday […]

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