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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: July, 2009
By: John Temple Lang & Eamon Gallagher
Title: Essential Steps for the European Union after the 'No' Votes in France, the Netherlands and Ireland
[The authors are both former senior officials of the EU. John
Temple Lang is a lawyer and a former Director responsible for
telecommunications and media in the Competition Directorate
General of the European Commission. He was a Director there
beginning in 1988, and from 1974 to 1988 he was in the Legal
Service of the European Commission, dealing primarily with
competition law issues. Eamonn Gallagher is a former Director
General in the European Commission and former EC Ambassador
to the United Nations, New York. He played a key role in Irish
diplomatic affairs over several decades and died earlier this year.
Both were committed supporters of the European project but
have serious reservations on the direction taken in recent years
with the lessening of the power of the Commisssion and the
growing power of the nation states and the replacement of the
‘community method’ by the intergovermental method of dealing
with issues.
This paper, which they prepared for the Centre for European
Policy Studies (CEPS), is limited to the technical aspects of the
changes and does not draw out the full political implications of
what these mean – or why they have come about. However, this
is an important contribution to the debate and the implications of
the changes for Foreign Policy are highlighted in a very useful
way.]

Biographical note by Jack Lane

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: January, 2009
By: Feargus O Raghallaigh
Title: Cowed By EU Globalism
Brian Cowen came back from Brussels on 12th December 2008 with a package of "legal guarantees" in response to The Statement of Concerns of the Irish People on the Treaty of Lisbon which he had brought with him. The deal with Sarkozy was set out in the EU "Presidency Conclusions" which committed the European Council to finding a legal means to enable it, while implementing the Lisbon Treaty, to retain a Commissioner for each member state and provide "protocols" in relation to Irish neutrality, national sovereignty in the area of taxation policy, the "right to life, education and the family" and workers' rights. All of this was on condition of the Irish Government "seeking ratification of the Treaty of the Lisbon by the end of the term of the current Commission". The mechanism offered to secure these "legal guarantees", according to Sarkozy, would be legislation attached to the next enlargement Treaty, presumed to be that for Croatia in 2010 or 2011 (See Cowen/Sarkozy Lisbon Deal: The Primacy of Politics over Legalism, Irish Political Review, February 2009)

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: January, 2009
By: Philip O'Connor
Title: European Commission: Answer to the Globalist Crisis
The European Commission recently pronounced on the international financial and economic crisis for the benefit of the Spring Council of Ministers and the G20 meeting scheduled for 2nd April (Communication for the European Council, Driving European recovery, 4th March 2009 -

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Articles
Date: January, 2009
By: Philip O'Connor
Title: Japan and WW2: “Asia for the Asians!”
Japan advanced through South East Asia expounding a programme as they went of “Asia for the Asians,” which, as Brendan Clifford writes, “was very different from the message carried to Eastern Europe and Russia by Nazi Germany” (‘Afterword’, p. 192).

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From: Labour & Trade Union Review: Editorials
Date: July, 2002
By: Editorial
Title: Israel's Generous Offer at Camp David
Yasser Arafat was made an unprecedented and extraordinarily generous offer for a final settlement at Camp David in July 2000 by Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, but he turned it down.

This view, assiduously peddled by Israeli spokesmen, is widely believed, even by people who are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. It is untrue: the offer was far from generous, as we will see.

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