Monthly Archives: June 2017

The European parliament: an apology

“Signing the retirement documents in the European parliament with Secretary-General Klaus Welle on May 31st”. I find myself in the rather unusual position of having to offer an apology to the European parliament, following the Guardian story “MEP resigns amid … Continue reading

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COP21 climate agreement: An eye-watering amount of money for virtually no return

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£100,000 mis-spent?

Today (June 14th) the Guardian carries a report that the European parliament proposes to demand £100,000 from me for staff expenses which were allegedly mis-spent.  Naturally I have had many media bids from journalists who want more information.  And I’ve … Continue reading

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EU energy labelling: confusing consumers and creating problems for industry

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Five Live debate on Trump and the Climate Deal

Discussing Donald Trump and the Climate Deal on the Stephen Nolan Show. Click here. Just under three hours in.  

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The IRA and ISIL

There is a legitimate parallel to be drawn between the IRA and ISIL (or ISIS, or Daesh, or whatever we’re calling it this week). Indeed I have cited the parallel myself.   We should be careful to recognise that while most … Continue reading

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Trump and climate change

BBC Radio 4 World At One on Donald Trump and climate change – 13 minutes in

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Road-map to the EU’s bio-paradise

On Thursday morning in Brussels, I attended a breakfast briefing on the Commission’s plans for “A bio-economy for Europe”.  It was billed as follows: “In 2012, the European Commission adopted the strategy ‘Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe’ … Continue reading

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EU energy rules: Cat’s cradle or dog’s dinner?

Earlier this week I attended a dinner-debate in Brussels on the EU’s proposals for energy efficiency targets.  The plans are marked (like most EU plans) by overwhelming complexity, and several speakers made a good case that the proposals would have far … Continue reading

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