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Sir, Regarding ‘IMF votes to shift more power to developing countries‘: Article 138§2 of the TFEU prescribes that “the Council may adopt appropriate measures for ensuring a unified representation (of the EU) in international financial institutions”. The recent reshuffle of seats and voting rights within the IMF was a unique occasion to trigger that clause… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Romania fumes at Franco-German Schengen blockade‘: The Jesuit Refugee Service is seriously concerned about the recent announcement by the Greek Minister of Citizens’ Protection that the Greek government is considering building a fence along the 12.5km section of Greece’s land border with Turkey, and about the weak reaction from the European Commission. We… » read more

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Sir, Both Europe and the USA have in relative terms to the constantly emerging South East Asian region declining economies. Although these economic blocs know that they have major problems on the horizon and when only innovation can get them out of their economic woes in the long term, they still continue to treat innovation… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Sports policy could help build ‘European identity’‘: Don’t ask what Europe can do for sport but what sport can do for Europe. Promoting European identity and unity through sporting events does not require much funding! For example, providing EU-27 national athletes with European flags and badges to be worn along with national ones… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Beijing issues stark warning on EU-China relations‘: Light entertainment is always welcome on a Friday morning – and thus a special thanks to Mr Song Zhe, the Chinese ambassador. PWR congratulates the Chinese people on the great steps they have taken to improving their standard of living. Everybody deserves to have as a… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Chinese Nobel boycott divides EU’s ‘inner circle’‘: The Nobel Peace Committee must act now. The Nobel Peace Prize as a means to inspire peaceful coexistence is fading. The Nobel Peace Committee must eventually recollect and act according to the clear, explicit and unambiguous last-will and testament of Alfred Nobel, to reward: “…the person… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘France blocks Romania, Bulgaria’s Schengen bids‘: We would like to bring the following facts to your attention: 1. Romania recognises the border with Republic of Moldova as it was inherited from the USSR. The Treaty for Managing the Border (as it is correctly named) recently signed between Romania and the Republic of Moldova… » read more

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Sir, In Afghanistan, a lot of children are subject to exclusion from and within the education system. Female children, children affected by conflict and war, children with disabilities, nomadic (Kuchi) children, children from poor economic backgrounds, working children and children affected by drugs are just some of the vulnerable groups. In 2009, more that six… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU regional policy budget will decline, says France‘: “Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes and a tolerable administration of justice.” Adam Smith, 1755 As regards the relative merit of structural funds and the development of Eastern Europe,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Commission proposes ban on industrial gas offsets‘: The plan by the European Commission to ban the use of controversial international offset credits from certain industrial gas projects in the EU’s cap-and-trade system after 2012 is welcome as a step in closing one of the most damaging loopholes in the EU emission trading system.… » read more

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