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Sir, Why is it that for so many, including members of South African Development Community (SADC), the penny still has not dropped in respect of President Robert Mugabe? In ‘Adolf Hitler: the Final Analysis’ (Spellmount, 2005), I produced compelling evidence that the Führer was suffering from chronic schizophrenia, and that this accounted for his bizarre… » read more

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Sir, Combating the economic crisis by building more infrastructure (like motorways) and exploiting our already over-exploited Earth even more in the process is not the right approach. Whoever thinks along such lines fails to understand both the debates of recent years and the Stern and Sukhdev reports! To put discussions on the right track again:… » read more

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Sir, In your coverage of the EU’s clean vehicle procurement legislation, you note that aim of the policy is “to kick-start a market in technologies that are currently not commercially viable, such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas or LPG, electric or hybrid vehicles”. While appreciating the spirit of the sentiment, I would like to draw… » read more

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Open letter to the newly appointed trade commissioner, Baroness Catherine Ashton BusinessEurope out of Charlemagne now! Baroness Ashton, welcome to your new position as EU trade commissioner. I am hopeful that we will be able to collaborate successfully, especially on environmental and global justice issues. During the autumn of 2006 your predecessor, Peter Mandelson, presented… » read more

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Sir, The EFN welcomes the intention to move on with the enlargement process. Just coming back from Croatia, where I met nurse leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and FYR of Macedonia, it becomes clear to me that nurses want to belong to the EU family. They have enormous challenges in front of them when it comes… » read more

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Sir, EU regulators continue to call for a third pan-European card payment system. All well and good. However, their commitment to stoking payment network competition and how they’ve pursued it leave much to be desired. Their actions suggest they simply want another regulated card-payment network public utility, one they can call European. Regulators worry the… » read more

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Sir, The European Federation of Nurses (EFN) supports the European Public Health Alliance’s (EPHA) position on the registration of NGOs in the register. If you look at the register now, it is very clear that there is no financial transparency. EFN is registered under Belgium law and all its financial details are published and transparent.… » read more

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Sir, In recent months EurActiv has published several very useful articles and reports on the new EU legislation on pesticides. Your latest LinksDossier “Pesticides: Striking the right balance?” is another useful contribution. However, I was surprised that it made no mention at all of the fundamental nature of the change this legislation would bring about… » read more

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