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The Digger (Stephen Gardner)

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Where do fonctionnaires come from? NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 2 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
As part of the heated debate about a month ago about the European Union’s budget, questions were asked about the salaries and conditions of EU officials. Various journalists got hot under the collar about it, and the European Commission, in gen...
Listening to citizens – or not NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
“The European Union is made of its citizens and for its citizens!” proclaims the European Commission. There is even a €215 million “Europe for Citizens” kitty for projects to “give the citizen a key role in the development of the European...
Weather overground NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 53 Minutes ago
Let’s talk about the weather. It’s been terrible. In northern Europe, summer has so far been a wash out. Russia has seen disastrous and deadly flooding. Last week I was in China and there was a different extreme: heatwaves across Beijing...
Back to Bilderberg (again) NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 3 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
This is a little out of date now, but anyway… This year’s Bilderberg meeting took place in the US from 31 May to 3 June. It was the third year that the organisers published a list of participants and so for the first time we can say it mi...
Military spending dressed up as research NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 3 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Great article by Andrew Rettman on EUObserver on the latest no-government-should-be-seen-without-one, public-money hoovering, military-industrial subsidies disguised as research fad: EU firms join gold rush on drones. I did some work on this issue la...
Getting away with it NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 3 Years, 7 Months, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
The European Environment Agency published an interesting study a few days ago. It puts a price on the damage caused by air pollution from power stations and industrial plants in the European Union. Most interestingly, the cost of damage is broken dow...
The appliance of Italian science NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 3 Years, 9 Months, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Research scientists in Italy seem to have been particularly busy last week, publishing at least three significant reports. The first was about an apparent finding that needs to be proved and may or may not have major ramifications. The other two were...
Corporate welfare gone mad NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 3 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Visitors passing through London’s Heathrow airport on the way to next year’s Olympics can no doubt have confidence in the airport’s security systems. But they might be surprised to learn that, courtesy of a European Commission grant...
Power vacuum NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
There seems to be a lot of confusion about energy efficiency, on which the European Commission published proposals yesterday. Take this from a press release from the Eurelectric power generators’ federation: “energy efficiency is key to d...
Back to Bilderberg NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
This year’s Bilderberg conference took place in St. Moritz, Switzerland, from 9-12 June. I’m not going to rehearse the usual conspiracy theories, but from a Brussels point of view it is worth noting that Herman van Rompuy was there, along...
Planning pollution in Estonia NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
A European Commission state aid notice published on March 23 has shown how EU member state governments can work directly against agreements they make at EU level, in this case on combatting climate change. The Commission said it would open an investi...
Bombs away! NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The unfolding situation in Japan and the European Union decision to stress test nuclear power plants brought to mind another pressing issue: nuclear bombs, and especially what happens when they are lost or damaged. A very interesting US Department of...
Climate change: still happening NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Blink and you’ll have missed it because it has attracted little media coverage, but 2010 was the warmest year on record. According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the global average temperature in 2010 was 0.53 degrees Celsius above t...
Outrageous FIFA NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 7 Months, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
It seems like a marriage made in heaven: Russia and FIFA for the World Cup 2018. The “mafia state”, as described in the Wikileaks dispatches, and the Swiss-registered, er, non-profit association that had revenues of $1.06 billion and a &#...
The fifth woman NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
An amusing story from the UK Labour party leadership campaign, which is ongoing. The following is an article of mine that was published in British magazine Private Eye: Although they are an endangered species nowadays, numbering only 13 out of Britai...
Convicted MEPs NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 4 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
Andrea D’ambra, a campaigner from Italy, is trying to get MEPs with criminal convictions booted out of the European Parliament. He has even set up a Facebook group. He lists three Italians, Vito Bonsignore, Aldo Patriciello and Mario Borghezio as h...
Bilderbuggers NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 5 Years, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Journalists love the Bilderberg group because it has an air of secrecy and conspiracy. In fact, rather than anything very substantial, it seems to be largely a vanity project – people who think themselves very important gathering in an air of secre...
Climate system scandal NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 5 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Look closely enough at yesterday’s European Commission communication on ‘moving beyond a 20 percent greenhouse gas reduction’ and you will spot a scandal. It’s on page 3 and it reads like this: ‘With many allowances unus...
I’m impressed… NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 5 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
…by Connie Hedegaard. Her pronouncements in the European Parliament this afternoon (9 March) mark an abrupt change of direction for European Union climate policy on a number of points. First, she wants to reverse the EU position on the continua...
Fish farce NEW
The Digger (Stephen Gardner) 5 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The European Commission has given its backing to a ban in international trade in the severely endangered bluefin tuna. Sort of. In fact, the Commission has said there should be a provisional listing of the bluefin in Appendix I of the Convention on I...