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A noisier EU Quarter in Brussels NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Since 6 February, planes have been rerouted from their route over the leafy suburbs of Flanders east of Brussels to straight over the EU quarter. People in the eurobubble say it's another example of Belgium dumping problems on people who cannot vote...
The greenest government ever? NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 12 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
British Conservatives have among the worst voting records in the European Parliament on climate issues, according to a new analysis.In May 2010, David Cameron, the UK's prime minister, made a bold claim. As he finalised talks on forming a governing c...
Switzerland's misleading model NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The EU helps Eurosceptics when it allows Switzerland to be in the EU while pretending to be outside of it.Last week, when Dutch Eurosceptic politician Geert Wilders unveiled a much-anticipated 'nexit study' (Netherlands exit from the EU), Switze...
Target fatigue NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The EU's attitude toward targets has changed dramatically over the past five years.Back in the heady days of 2008, before the European Union was plunged into a period of crisis around both its currency and its legitimacy, setting hard targets for sol...
Caving in on the cave-in NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The humiliating saga of the ETS aviation dispute has exposed the limits of respect for EU law, both outside and inside Europe.It's not looking good for the European Commission's proposal to undo an EU law that would have charged all airlines for...
Climate nationalism NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Many having given up on the international process delivering solutions to climate change, and eyes are turning to national solutions to fill the void.While covering last week's UN climate summit in Warsaw, I found myself encountering very different m...
Quebec: no need for readmission NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Given that it is the only significant independence movement in the developed world outside Europe, the cause of Quebec secession is often used as an example in discussions of separatism in the European context. And so it was perhaps not surprising th...
International nationalists NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The far right has a poor history of working together in international forums. An alliance brokered by Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen is seeking to reverse that trend."There is nothing harder to set up than a nationalists' international," wrote ...
EU citizenship for sale NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
As the holder of an EU passport through some arcane and perhaps undeserved reasons, I’m often asked by my fellow Americans how they too can get in on this European action. For me it’s been an incredible asset, to hold both EU and American...
Torch the rainbow NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
A monument to peace displayed by Poland outside the European Parliament during that country's presidency of the EU was burnt to the ground last night in Warsaw.Chalk it up to some very unfortunate timing. Yesterday, as delegates arrived for this...
Eastern enthusiasm NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
A visit to Lithuania this week showed me how history and geography make such a difference to attitudes toward the EU.Lithuania is a land in between. Part of the Soviet Union until just two decades ago, it today finds itself sandwiched between two dan...
Immigrant-on-immigrant xenophobia NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Italians were shocked yesterday to learn that a Northern Italian teenager who had recently gone to the UK to study and find work had been beaten to death over the weekend. Joele Leotta, 19, was brutally attacked by a group of young men...
Toilet humour NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 7 Months, 22 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
British MEPs and their national press were on pun overload this week after they learned that in the coming days the EU is going to set the criteria for which toilets can receive a special ‘ecolabel' based on using less water in a flush. Th...
Dutch rally round ‘right to be racist’ NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 20 Minutes ago
It’s that time of year again. The stockings are being hung by the chimney with care, the hot wine stands are setting up shop, and of course, the Dutch have begun putting on their blackface, big red lips and afro wigs. It’s time again for...
How small is too small? NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Yesterday the citizens of San Marino voted on becoming an EU member state. But is that even possible? As Brussels braces itself for the inevitable disappointment of a referendum on EU accession in Iceland, when or if that ever takes place, it wi...
The car chancellor NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 19 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Allegations of nefarious influence have abounded this week in Brussels, with German chancellor Angela Merkel accused of controlling the Council of Ministers, and automaker BMW accused of controlling her.So who's really pulling the strings? And how di...
Vapers win the battle, but not yet the war NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Despite the message being sent today by Europe's media, the e-cigarette war is not over. Chalk it up to an oft-repeated confusion about EU policymaking.Following today's vote on new EU tobacco rules in the European Parliament, a wave of jubilati...
Total recall NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The UK is set to enact a right to recall elected politicians in the coming months. But the American example should shows this may not be the boon to democracy it appears.Recently, the disgraceful tale of a Scottish politician refusing to resign in th...
The pan-sceptic ticket NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
I was a bit taken aback on Wednesday when, during his response to President Barroso's State of the European Union speech in Strasbourg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage devoted almost the entirety of his speech not to warnings about the creeping Europea...
Selling the parliament NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 1 Year, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 16 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
For any journalist who has previously covered the start of a national election, today's launch of the 2014 European Parliament elections was a different sort of animal. As I sat in today's launch in Strasbourg and watched the promotional video,&...