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#Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis

#Qatar: EU urged to take a ‘leadership role’ in helping to defuse current Gulf crisis

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air routes with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, writes Martin Banks. Despite a frantic round  of shuttle diplomacy, led by the United States and Kuwait, there appears […]

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#BrusselsInView: Getting spiritual in the Ardennes

#BrusselsInView: Getting spiritual in the Ardennes

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Martin Banks explains how chilling-out is easy in one of the most spectacular parts of Belgium. In light of recent events, you could be forgiven for thinking the world had gone slightly mad. If, like many, need a reminder of humanity’s better side, there’s no better place than the Belgian Ardennes, which is home to […]

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British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

British expats in a post-#Brexit EU: What now?

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Brexit talks have begun. But what about the fate of British expats in Europe. What will happen to them? What are the current plans for them, asks Martin Banks? Those among the estimated 1.8 million expat Britons who have lived on mainland Europe for 15 years […]

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#BrusselsInview: #BanksysBites

#BrusselsInview: #BanksysBites

| June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Martin Banks chows down at a couple of restaurants in Brussels. Tenshi 1134 Chaussee de Waterloo, Uccle Japanese cuisine has, in recent years, become rather fashionable and, in Brussels, there’s probably no better exponent of the art than this pleasant restaurant. Located close to the popular Foret des Soignes, it is part of a mini-chain, […]

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Concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block #Albania justice system reforms

Concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block #Albania justice system reforms

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Amid a growing chorus of dissent within Albania’s opposition Democratic Party, concerns are emerging in Brussels and Washington about attempts to block the nation’s justice system reforms, writes Martinn Banks. The reforms, aimed at ridding the courts of corrupt and incompetent judges and prosecutors, is a key prerequisite before EU accession negotiations can begin but was being […]

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#India: Modi’s trade show in Europe

#India: Modi’s trade show in Europe

| June 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi is sweeping through Europe’s major cities, as he visits Germany, Spain, Russia and France. The trip is billed as giving a boost to bilateral relations across a wide array of issues including security, terrorism, business, energy and climate change, writes Martin Banks.  However, the true purpose of this […]

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#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former US president Barrack Obama has shone a light on the combustive mix of technology, politics and climate and their impact on global security and food production. In a speech at the Seeds&Chips food conference in Milan, Obama gave a level headed presentation about the risks faced by the world if consumption habits and production […]

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