President's Column

  • 11/04/2014
    GreetingsI reported little last week on the EU-Africa summit. The meeting set priorities for EU-Africa co-operation (peace, democracy, human rights, sustainable human development, energy and climate...
  • 04/04/2014
    Brussels highlights this week included visits from China's President Xi Jin-ping, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-mun and the heads of state and government of many African countries who were in town for...
  • 14/03/2014
    Greetings,This week was our penultimate Strasbourg week (formal debates on the floor of the House and legislative votes) before the House rises for the elections, so it was a busy one. As the Liberal...
  • 11/03/2014
    MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today voted on new EU rules to combat money laundering and tax evasion. A new public register of companies will give authorities the tools they need...
  • 07/03/2014
    GreetingsThe situation in the Ukraine again dominated the week in Brussels. Foreign Affairs ministers met on Monday, EU officials met Russia's Foreign Affairs minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, the...
  • 28/02/2014
    GreetingsThis letter might better be entitled 'Letter from my sick-bed' since a fall from my bicycle early in the week entailed a hospital visit for stitches to my face and a period of recuperation...
  • 21/02/2014
    GreetingsThe failure last week of the Council of Ministers to approve or reject the authorisation of Pioneer Dupont's genetically modified maize TC 1507 continues to make waves. Under an ancient and...
  • 14/02/2014
    The Swiss people's vote in a referendum on Sunday to pull out of free movement treaties with the EU, by the narrowest of margins (50.3%), will cause their government a major headache: they have three...
  • 07/02/2014
    GreetingsAfter chairing last Saturday's EU-wide Liberal Democrat conference in Brussels to select our candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission I spent Sunday and Monday morning there...
  • 24/01/2014
    GreetingsOn Monday EU leaders received Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who paid his first visit to the EU's capital in five years. He met the presidents of the European Commission, the...

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