EU Perspectives

Kathleen Garnett Forget the expensive Eton education or the days studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. Cameron’s real education begins this week. In Brussels. The assertion that Cameron was more interested in buttering up his Bullingdon buddies to help pave the way for future office when in Oxford rather than swotting-up on modern European… » read more

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Kathleen Garnett The very earliest laws designed to curtail the adulteration of food typically (though not exclusively) focused on just a handful of foodstuffs: meat, bread, wine and beer. Other food stuffs were not so extensively regulated for the simple reason that bread, wine and beer were one of the few foodstuffs that, even in… » read more

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Kathleen Garnett “…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason.” Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis… » read more

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You’ve got to admire the Americans and their can-do attitude. Europeans simply pale in comparison. For years national media conglomerates from across Europe have been trying to establish a viable market for EU news. The greatest challenge to any media seeking to cover EU affairs and break even? Bursting out of the “Brussels Bubble” and… » read more

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Kathleen Garnett This week EU and US negotiators are meeting in New York to hammer out the Regulatory Chapter of the TTIP. Alongside the proposed Chapter on Investor State Dispute Settlement, Regulatory Co-operation is the second most controversial aspect of the proposed trade agreement. From an EU perspective the Regulatory Co-operation Chapter of the TTIP,… » read more

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“…treatment with trisodium phosphate, acidified sodium chlorite, chlorine dioxide, or peroxyacid solutions . . . should be of no safety concern.” Expert scientific opinion, European Food and Safety Agency. The EFSA may or may not be right to propose that chlorinated chickens are safe to consume but in this piece it is argued that homo… » read more

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In the same week that Dr Ann Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to Barosso, made a splash in the media by spilling the beanson her time working in Brussels the European Ombudsman released a report calling for a root and branch reform of the EU’s approach to expert scientific committees, which calls for greater transparency… » read more

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There has been much euphoria across Europe since Sunday’s elections in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, his boyish face fresh with triumph, hails a new era not just for Greece but the entire European continent no less. Man, this man is on fire. Just look at his rhetoric… “The Greece of the elite has been defeated.” “The… » read more

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As Clint Eastwood, in his eighth decade, celebrates the success of American Sniper some of his earlier films spring to mind – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in particular. The old cliché “who’ll blink first” has never seemed more appropriate when it comes to Greece’s election this week-end as Merkel and Tsipras face… » read more

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