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Why has Germany fallen behind in the climate protection index?

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In December 2014 the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) for 2015 was published by the environmental organisation Germanwatch, as a means of assessing the performance of 58 countries in tackling climate change. Between 2005 and 2013 Germany was one of the top 10 countries, whose climate policies were seen to be making the most effort […]

Could sustainable gas as opposed to fracking give Grangemouth a long-term future?

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According to recent reports in the British media, the chemical company Ineos is at the point of investing £640 million in the controversial shale gas extraction process known as fracking. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30125028 and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/20/ineos-founder-wants-shale-gas-revolution-in-uk. The company is hoping to use the gas extracted by this process as a raw material or feedstock for its chemical […]

Germany getting ahead with green petrol

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A recent article by Daniel Wetzel published in Die Welt newspaper on 12th November 2014 entitled: “Vom Klimakiller zum Kraftstoff”, which translates as “From climate killer to fuel”, describes the progress made by German industry to develope an environmentally friendly synthetic fuel, which can be put in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle. See […]

What can we learn from the history of the Wirtschaftswunder?

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The recovery of Germany after the Second World War is often referred to as the Wirtschaftswunder or economic miracle. The rebuilding of Germany was not just a matter of rebuilding the towns and cities that had been devastated during the war, but also the rebuilding of the country’s economy as well as its reputation after […]

Reconstruction of car accident that seriously injured Vice-President of the European Parliament

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Late on Friday night 6th September 2013, police closed a section of the A1 motorway – near to the Leverkusen interchange in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – in order to reconstruct a fatal road accident of 22nd February 2013, in which Alexander Alvaro, a Vice-President of the European Parliament was seriously injured. The aim of the […]

The solar trade dispute

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The recent anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the EU on imported solar panel components from China, highlights a crisis not only in trade relations between Europe and China, but also the divisions within the renewable energy sector in Europe. Within Europe’s solar panel industry, there appears to be two conflicting interests between the producers of the […]

The Price of Victory, by Michael Charlton, published by the British Broadcasting Corporation, London in 1983, ISBN 0 563 20055 3

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The Price of Victory, by Michael Charlton consists of a series of transcripts of BBC radio interviews the author conducted with civil servants and politicians involved with Britain’s diplomatic relationship with European countries following the Second World War.  The theme of the book is Britain’s attitude to the project of European integration from 1945 to […]

Arundells: The former home of the Prime Minister who brought Britain into the European Community

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The historic house of Arundells in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury is a special place for anyone interested in Europe’s history, as it was once the home of Sir Edward Heath (1916 – 2005), the Prime Minister who brought Britain into the European Community.  Sir Edward lived there from 1985 until his death in 2005 and […]

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