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Owen Tudor's Articles

Europe needs to commit on aid

25 May 2015, by in International

Tomorrow, foreign ministers from across the EU will be meeting and will consider what to do about Europe’s pledge on overseas aid. For the first time, the British minister will be attending with a legal commitment to spend the UN recommended 0.7% of GNI (Gross National Income) on official development assistance. Hopefully, it will strengthen…

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Temporary migration in Australia: a cautionary tale

18 May 2015, by in International

Australia is known as a settler nation (although the Australian unions are careful to acknowledge their debt to the people who cared for the land before Europeans arrived.) But more recently, what started as a way to plug short-term recruitment and skills gaps has seen the settler nation become home to an army if temporary…

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Where is the UK Parliament on the EU-US trade agreement?

15 May 2015, by in International

This soon after a General Election, the short answer is that we don’t know. The Conservative majority, narrow though it is, suggests that the new House of Commons is more likely to support EU trade deals like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)…

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TTIP – after US Senate blow, European Parliament is next up

14 May 2015, by in International

The shock decision by the US Senate on Tuesday not to deliver ‘Trade Promotion Authority’ to the President for negotiating a trans-Pacific trade deal dealt a serious blow to the EU-US Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated. It now seems likely that the Senate will be presented with an amended package that…

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Save migrants’ lives in the Med

23 Apr 2015, by in International

The TUC has joined the international chorus calling for the European Union to restore the funding needed for initiatives like ‘Mare Nostrum’ to protect the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Ahead of the emergency leaders’ summit today, Frances O’Grady wrote directly to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to back…

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What polling on working time shows about attitudes to Europe

16 Apr 2015, by in International

The High Pay Centre launched the findings of some interesting polling yesterday, showing that social measures like the Working Time Directive and restrictions on bankers’ bonuses introduced by the European Union were popular with British people, but not well-understood to originate in Europe. What I though was interesting was that, while European ‘red tape’ is unpopular…

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Labour market deregulation: When the facts change…

08 Apr 2015, by in Economics

The famous remark, commonly attributed to Keynes, that “when the facts change, I change my mind…” could be about to face a stern test. The IMF is about to publish the findings of research by staff members that finds no evidence that labour market deregulation promotes growth. This will prove most uncomfortable for those right-wing…

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