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Sir, Regarding ‘Carbon capture and storage‘: I find the whole saga of the CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) issue entirely distasteful. The oil industry magnates and the coal industry giants must be laughing all the way to the bank and their shareholders must be agreeing with them that they can make a huge killing with… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Relief as drug ‘advertising’ plan ditched‘: As a student at a university in the United States, I think it would be in Europe’s best interest to allow prescription drugs to be advertised. The US is one of two countries that allows this and it has proven to be very beneficial. All of the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU to raise trade defences against foreign state aid‘: This is short-termism as usual from the EU and will not really work in the long-term interest of the EU. It is about time, therefore, for the EU to get ‘real’ and understand its major deficiency, address it at its core as an emergency… » read more

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Sir, Now the EU is awake at last, it should deal with debt workouts for EU and developing countries. With the Greek financial crisis rocking the foundations of European Monetary Union, the EU has finally realised it needs to agree on debt mechanisms. With regard to the Council’s conclusions on a ‘permanent crisis mechanism’, EU… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU’s new transport strategy to put price on pollution‘: The most important external effect of (urban) traffic is congestion. In cities larger than about one million inhabitants, the cost of congestion far outweighs the combined costs of pollution, traffic accidents, noise and climate change. Transporting people one by one in a tonne of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament backs 20-week maternity leave‘: Europe’s leaders must use Thursday’s EU summit to fight against the introduction of new laws on maternity leave, voted on by MEPs last week, that will increase maternity leave from the current EU minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks, all of which will be on compulsory full… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Treaty change debate divides EU foreign ministers‘: In its present state the Lisbon Treaty explicits forbids any form of financial solidarity between eurozone member states. This ‘original sin’ must be erased to guarantee the survival of the euro. The treaty must therefore be revised. Such revisions are consubstantial with the evolving nature of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Bio-economy poses new competitiveness challenges for Europe‘: Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has highlighted an area where the EU is missing out compared to other countries – particularly the USA. It need not do so, for it actually needs to address it through a different emphasis. Firstly, the EU should seriously consider removing the… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU team sent to Greece to curb ‘alarming’ refugee flow‘: It is with great concern that I read the news about the EU’s Rapid Intervention Teams being sent to the Greek borders. I’m not arguing against border controls, but once again there is no mechanism set up for identifying persons in need of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Barroso drops financial taxes from draft G20 wish-list‘: It is shocking to see the European Commission backtracking from pushing for financial taxes to be on the agenda at the forthcoming G20 summit in Seoul in November. A global bank tax to help poor people survive the economic and climate crisis must be urgently… » read more

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