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#Huawei – Not everyone wants a level playing field

#Huawei – Not everyone wants a level playing field

| April 7, 2020

I remember one particular week in December 1990 very well.   The great and the good of world trade were gathered in a Brussels conference hall, at an area known as the Heysel, to conclude – they hoped – the ‘Uruguay Round’ of trade talks that would hopefully remove barriers to commerce around the world, writes […]

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#BorisJohnson in #Brussels — visibly invisible

#BorisJohnson in #Brussels — visibly invisible

| July 22, 2019

Boris Johnson’s ubiquity these days can be tiresome. But as a newspaper hack in Brussels he preferred to keep a low profile. Jim Gibbons recounts the many faces of the man who could be the UK’s next prime minister. Many people say there are two Boris Johnsons: the bumbling everyman so beloved of his fans […]

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Europe after the #EuropeanElections

Europe after the #EuropeanElections

| June 7, 2019

The European elections threw up few surprises but a lot of confusion. The major blocs in previous European Parliaments, the European People’s Party and the Socialists, lost a lot of seats, although relatively few went to the more extreme populists, writes Jim Gibbons. The success of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party in the United Kingdom may […]

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#Brexit – Trying to turn the tide

#Brexit – Trying to turn the tide

| May 19, 2019

Those areas of the United Kingdom now expected to vote yet again for anti-EU parties in the European Elections were not always so insular.   Take the East Midlands, for example.   In the outgoing European Parliament, the region was represented by two Conservatives, two UKIP members and only one from Labour.   Much the same is expected […]

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A chaotic #Brexit may well bring another Scottish referendum closer

A chaotic #Brexit may well bring another Scottish referendum closer

| March 8, 2019

Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations it will have a huge impact on Scotland.   The Scottish people, like those in Northern Ireland, voted by a large majority to remain but their democratic decision has been ignored in Westminster.   A group of those interested in how it will work gathered in London for a conference […]

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