About this blog
Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
This blog covers a variety of topics from US foreign policy to European politics and the Middle East - and whatever else happens to be in the news or catch my attention.
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Category Archives: The EU
I’m in Brussels at the moment taking part in a conference that brings together scholars and academics from Europe and the Arab world as well as civil society organisations, religious communities, journalists and politicians. This is the fourth in the … Continue reading
Travelling by train from London to Strasbourg this week gave me the rare opportunity to catch up on some long intentioned reading. My book of choice for the journey through the sun kissed French countryside was Peter Mair’s Ruling the … Continue reading
The Euro zone deal agreed in the early hours of this morning might be short on financial details, but there is little doubt as to its political ramifications. Signatories have made clear that they see the Euro as core to … Continue reading
This week’s photo essay captures the demonstrations outside the Greek Parliament in Athens as Members of Parliament voted on the recent changes to the government. This vote was seen by many as a necessary first step in an arduous process of securing a further financial bailout from fellow … Continue reading
With Operation Odyssey dominating the news it is easy to overlook other issues that need our critical attention. I know that Europe is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the European Union Bill has its second reading in the House … Continue reading
To date I’ve always thought that the Coalition government’s European Union Bill amounted to nothing more than a bit of red meat thrown to the Europhobes to keep them happy or distracted following the debacle over the Lisbon Treaty. So distracted Cameron … Continue reading
Seeing one’s own problems through the eyes of others can sometimes be instructive and at times sobering. It can also be amusing. I found the following animated ‘You-Tube video’ from a Taiwanese film company particularly helpful when trying to make sense … Continue reading