Food in Europe – a new general principle on food safety?

K J Garnett "…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason." Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis …

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Expert scientific advice – a growing chasm between European voters and the decision-makers?

In the same week that Dr Ann Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to Barosso, made a splash in the media by spilling the beans on her time working in Brussels the European Ombudsman released a report calling for a root and branch reform of the EU’s approach to expert scientific committees, which calls for greater …

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Tsipras – a false prophet but without the beard? The sick man of Europe is still sick and Syriza does not have the medicine to revive him.

There has been much euphoria across Europe since Sunday’s elections in Greece. Alexis Tsipras, his boyish face fresh with triumph, hails a new era not just for Greece but the entire European continent no less. Man, this man is on fire. Just look at his rhetoric... “The Greece of the elite has been defeated.” “The …

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A herbicide spray to keep the bio-tech industry at bay? RIP traditional European agriculture

By Kathleen Garnett Ever since the first boff in a lab profited from fiddling around with the genetic make-up of plants European agriculture has been at the mercy of the big corporations. Not unlike the pests GMO products are said to repel the bio-tech industry has been swarming all over the treasure chest that is European …

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“EU BANS TEDDIES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS”.

Kathleen Garnett True? False? Who cares? It’s a great headline. With many shops, particularly in the UK, already displaying Christmas baubles in their windows it’s a timely news item certain to grab reader's attention – especially that broad demographic “parents” who are already fretting over how to fill their children’s stockings in time for Christmas. …

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The EU v Palo Alto: An EU perspective on privacy

Kathleen Garnett Related links: Little Brother, Big Brother, Brother on Brother Dave Eggers’ much hyped novel, The Circle, from a literary point of view is a flop. Set in an imaginary tech-campus modelled on Googleplex in California the characters have about as much charisma and fluidity as two-dimensional card-board cut-outs. The message is at times over-flagged …

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