Interview with former Greek ambassador was published in the New Statesman on 24 February, 2013. It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was […]Read more "Greece: “A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising”"
News article originally published in the Guardian on Tuesday 21 December 2010. The European commission has rejected calls from eastern Europe to introduce a so-called double genocide law that would criminalise the denial of crimes perpetrated by communist regimes, in the same way many EU countries ban the denial of the Holocaust. Last week six countries wrote to Viviane Reding, the European justice […]Read more "Eastern Europe and the push for ‘double genocide’ laws"
News article that was originally published in the Guardian on 4 March, 2011 The European commission has launched morning raids on several publishing houses suspected of fixing the prices of ebooks, as a huge battle for the future of the sector is fought within the publishing and technology industries. Officials in Brussels have refused to say how many […]Read more "EU raids ebook publishers in price fixing investigation"
News article originally published in the Guardian on Wednesday 7 September 2011 The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labelled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorisation before it can be sold as food. In what green groups are calling a “groundbreaking” […]Read more "EU bans GM-contaminated honey from general sale"
Investigation originally published in the EUobserver 12.07.10 Transparency campaigners are worried that a PR outfit that lobbies the EU on maritime issues has “bought up the top of the EU’s maritime department lock, stock and barrel.” The alert comes as Malta’s Joe Borg, the commissioner responsible for maritime affairs and fisheries until last year, gets set to […]Read more "Ship Ahoy! Lobby firm buys up EU maritime officials"
In 2010, under pressure to balance the EU’s treaty-required regular consultations with religious leaders with those without faith, Brussels launched an annual summit between the three Roman Catholic presidents of the EU and representatives of atheist organisations. Oh, and freemasons too. I first broke the story in ahead of the first summit and have followed […]Read more "The EU’s ‘very odd’ atheist and freemason summits"
Opinion piece originally published in the EUobserver on 30.11.11. Not everybody’s into techno music. Some folks are a little bit country; others a little bit rock and roll. But under what one Brussels wag recently called the EU’s ‘techno-party’ strategy – replacing elected representatives with technocrats and an end to consideration of fiscal policies by parliaments in favour […]Read more "The EU’s ‘techno party’ is hollowing out democracy"