diplomacy Archive

  • A democratic scandal

    There’s been a lot of reporting lately on what deal the government might have offered Nissan. The Japanese car manufacturer (part-owned by Renault) has a major manufacturing plant at Sunderland which exports a large proportion of its output to the EU27. What happens to that […]

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  • “Blessed are the peacemakers”: dissecting diplomacy (31 January 2017)

    The 2016-17 WPCT Corbishley Lecture will be given by Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG, President, Trinity College, Oxford. The theme will be “Blessed are the peacemakers”: dissecting diplomacy Tuesday 31 January 2017 5.30 – 8.00 pm Monnet Room, Europe House 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU […]

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  • Lessons from Libor for EMU

    The European Council meeting has reached yet another agreement that will solve the EU’s financial crisis, this time relating to banking supervision.  (Read about it here.)  Mark Twain said something similar about giving up smoking: the EU finds it easy to make plans to end […]

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  • The European External Action Service: Changing The Nature of Diplomacy or Old Wine in New Bottles? (22-23 November 2012)

    A conference at Europe House organised by the London School of Economics, and the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust Thursday 22 November and Friday 23 November 2012 National foreign ministries have authorised the creation in the EU of a system of procedures for coordinating the workings […]

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  • Transparency & privacy, diplomacy & secrecy: where lies the “Common Good”? Exploring the Wikileaks phenomenon (2 June 2011)

    The Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust invites you to a meeting to discuss the relative claims and limitations of “freedom of information” in our modern world Date :  Thursday 2 June 12.30-2.00 pm Place:  to be announced Our invited speakers will present different perspectives and a […]

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  • Moral right

    Former head of the army, Lord Dannatt, says to the BBC that: “If we thought that Gaddafi had lost the moral right to rule this country a month ago, he has lost it in the last 24 hours, that’s for sure.” But when did Colonel […]

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  • Lessons from WikiLeaks

    The classified documents leaked from the US State Department will cause a lot of embarrassment for a lot of people – the British government minister denounced as a “hound dog” around women, for a start – but is there anything to be learned beyond simple […]

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  • Feeble argument by Frattini

    Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini has spoken out against the apparent joint preparation of EU decisions by Germany and France.  “Pre-cooked decisions” are not acceptable, he says. Indeed, the whole point of the EU institutional system is to ensure that decisions are taken by all […]

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  • What does the Manifesto Club propose instead?

    A new publication denounces the European Union’s Brussels establishment (or perhaps that should read Establishment) for its contemptuous attitude towards the public. Bruno Waterfield and Chris Bickerton are critical of the way in which the EU institutions represent the member state governments and enable them […]

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  • A visit by the Saudi king (continued)

    It is one thing to note how the Saudi king can be invited to make a state visit; it is a different question as to whether he should be. If diplomacy can sometimes be useful, there are degrees of diplomacy and degrees of usefulness. Do […]

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