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The confusing pickle into which the European Union, United Nations and Cyprus have fallen was revealed by the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mehmet Ali Talat. While in Brussels, at a meeting of the European Policy Centre, he described the latest round of talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. No Community solution… » read more

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1. The lost lorry How do you solve the following problem? A large lorry from a Member State of the EU arrives by ship at a port in Cyprus with goods for delivery. All the custom documents are in order according to EU legislation. Unfortunately the goods were intended for the Cypriot Greek south of… » read more

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For centuries Europeans have argued: where are the limits of Europe? Professors and writers have battled on the subject. So have armies. Europe as a political and organisational entity would never exist if citizens had had to wait for experts, academics and politicians to agree. “The definition of Europe as a geographical entity has long… » read more

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Intensive talks on the unity of Cyprus are underway again. At the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus presents an enigma to other Europeans. Firstly it is a witness against today’s politicians in Brussels and elsewhere. Why could they too not make war ‘not only unthinkable but materially impossible’ — as Robert… » read more

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The Lisbon Treaty is taking Europe into the 21st century. Don’t believe me. That is what the Europa.eu site declares. Europa is the European information site that still has not had the courage in all its existence to publish the full text of the Schuman Declaration at the origin of the European Community. Europa.eu is… » read more

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A Council protocol will aim to completely reverse the basic rule of European democracy defended passionately and with courage over decades by such European democrats as Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak and Joseph Luns. Many Commissioners in the past also fought an unequal battle to maintain democratic values against the return to raw, bare-knuckle, power politics.… » read more

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