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Sir, This morning I read the article ‘Council of Europe slams Belgium over linguistic feud‘. In this article, which is available in English, French, even German, but not in Dutch (the official language in Flanders), I read about a town called ‘Crainhem’. The use of this quasi-French name (it is not even official in French)… » read more

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Sir, In an article published by EurActiv on 1 December, ‘Monitoring your MEP: Mission impossible?‘, it was indicated that there is very little information available on how MEPs behave inside the European Parliament. We, the founders of a new project called VoteWatchEU (to be launched on www.votewatch.eu early next year), would like to share with… » read more

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Sir, As a Chinese national, I am all for the Chinese government’s decision to cancel the EU-China summit. When you have a summit with a supposedly “strategic partner”, you expect to receive treatment as such. If the Europeans cannot stop their outrageous way of asking the Chinese for economic cooperation on the one hand but… » read more

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Sir, It is unacceptable that some Central and Eastern European countries still rank their national egoism much higher than global welfare, disregarding the fact that unlike the current financial crisis, the issue of global warming will not disappear. In fact, it will remain a long-term threat. The current situation whereby a few countries can block… » read more

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Sir, In your recent interview, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said that regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union, the bloc “may consider transitional periods and even permanent derogations” with respect to the free movement of Turkish workers. This statement has been heavily referred to by several agents of the domestic press in Turkey. As… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Lawyer: Bulgaria wrongly portrayed as EU’s bogeyman‘: We have a saying in Romania that “the neighbor’s goat should die too!” That is exactly what Andreas Geiger is saying. Instead of looking into problems and finding solutions, it is much easier to find a comparison and say: “Look, he is performing worse than me,… » read more

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No bogeyman here, Mr. Geiger

Dear Sir, I read EurActiv’s interview with Mr. Geiger with great interest (‘Bulgaria wrongly portrayed as EU’s bogeyman‘, 18/11/2008). It seems that, as a result of his contact with the Bulgarian government, Mr. Geiger has caught a virus common to many Bulgarian politicians. The said virus leads Bulgarian politicians and, apparently, Mr. Geiger, to believe… » read more

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Sir, I have written a rejoinder to Rühl’s interview on peak oil. Please click here to read it. I have put in BP’s figures from the 2008 Statistical Review in a plot, which shows that there might well have been a global peak in 2006. John Busby Energy analyst Sanders Research Associates

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Sir, J’ai lu avec intérêt l’interview avec Mr. Andreas Geiger, lobbyste pour le gouvernement bulgare. Il affirme avoir accès à la correspondance entre la Commission Européenne et le gouvernement bulgare sur les sujets de la lutte contre la corruption et la fraude avec les fonds européens. Il estime qu’il y a un problème de communication… » read more

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Reflecting on EPSO exams

Sir, My name is Eva Kertesz. I have already sat the EPSO translation exam three times without success. I am a teacher of English and French from Romania. My mother tongue is Hungarian. Due to the numerical and verbal reasoning test, I cannot go any further as I always miss some points. I have already… » read more

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