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Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament starts debate on Consumer Rights Directive‘: The first half of the year has passed under the auspices of consumer protection and consumer rights: starting with the European Parliament’s hearing with national parliaments on the Consumer Rights Directive at the end of February, followed by the European Consumer Summit 2010 at the end… » read more

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Sir, Two articles in the Danish press caught my attention and concern last week. One was the possible end of a 20-year moratorium on whale hunting. An article in Politiken on 5 June 2010 stated that there were indications that Denmark (and several other nations!) might agree to lift the ban on hunting whales. The… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Worries mount over China’s ‘rare earth’ export ban‘: There are a couple of misconceptions about rare earths and China. Whilst China corners the market in terms of end product (i.e. rare earths that can be turned into products), the country is not the only one with deposits. What China has done is single-mindedly… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Kroes chooses ‘wait-and-see’ approach on future Internet‘: We found it particularly encouraging that EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes was reluctant to provide on-the-fly legal guidance for the Internet sector, quite rightly protesting that “it is not possible for one person or one institution to lay down a single way to approach these… » read more

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Sir, Concernant ‘La Belgique promet ‘la rupture’ lors de sa présidence de l’UE‘: En Europe, très peu de pays ont une histoire continue plus longue que la Belgique: l’Angleterre, la France, les Pays-Bas et la Suisse. L’Espagne et le Portugal ont connu des périodes récentes de dictature. Tous les pays de l’Est ont connu un… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘European Parliament paving way for tougher anti-piracy rules‘: Last week’s European Parliament vote in favour of a tough approach to fighting online theft signalled much-needed support for thousands of creative artists across the EU. Effective protection of online property is fundamental to ensuring that innovation and creativity are able to flourish in the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘A sceptical view of the Slovenia-Croatia arbitration agreement‘: Slovenia’s mainland is simply too far away from international waters and direct contact of her territorial waters with the high seas would run against the 12 miles rule, which is firmly established in international law. Second, introducing nationalist territorial claims and arguments that the border… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Europhiles lead ‘economic governance’ calls on Europe Day‘: The financial crisis that hit global economy in late summer 2007 is the worst in post-war economic history. It affected the European Union, proving the need for real economic governance in Europe involving convergence of fiscal policies. Up till now, there has only been economic… » read more

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