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L’AGRICULTURE DOIT PROTÉGER LES RESSOURCES DU CONTINENT AU LIEU DE LES ÉPUISER Le Monde, 29 January 2010. A la suite de l’élection du nouveau Parlement européen et de la nomination de la nouvelle Commission, l’UE va, cette année, commencer un réexamen fondamental de sa politique agricole.
TABOOS TOO POWERFUL TO BREAK? European Voice, 18 November 2009. The outgoing European Commission has failed to honour its promise for a fundamental reform the EU’s budget.
EU FARMS CASH IS THE ROOT OF CONFLICT Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2009. The EU spends the bulk of its budget on the wrong things, notably agriculture, which also causes political strife.
A PERMANENT BAILOUT Wall Street Journal Europe, 24 November 2008. Fifty years of EU farm aid ought to make us fear too much state intervention.
HEAD TO HEAD Irish Times, 20 October 2008. It’s only if farm subsidy payments are open that we can know whether the public is getting good value and if the payments are ending up with the farmers they were designed to assist.
L’ENFER DU NORD Rouleur 9, 2008. An extended feature on the Paris-Roubaix, the world’s most celebrated, and toughest, one-day bicycle race.
LE TOUR IN LONDON Prospect Magazine, July 2007. As the Tour de France comes to Britain for the first time ever, what can three books tell us about the meaning of the world’s most demanding athletic contest?
THE FAT OF THE LAND Prospect Magazine, January 2007. Individuals may not own countries any more, but land inequity is still a huge problem in both poor and rich nations. Is it time for a progressive land tax?
TRANSPARENCY IN FARM SUBSIDIES: IS SUNLIGHT THE BEST DISINFECTANT? SubsidyWatch Newsletter, October 2006. How freedom of information can inform public debate and lead to better public policy.
MOTHER MERCANTILISM Prospect Magazine, January 2006. There was a small measure of progress at the WTO Hong Kong conference, but negotiators still see trade as an arm of politics.
TOUGH ON TRADE Prospect Magazine, December 2005. It’s harder than it seems to make trade liberalisation work for the world’s poor.
KRAFTWERK AND THE ULTIMATE MAN-MACHINE Rouleur, August 2005. How Germany’s pioneers of electropop fell in love with the bicycle.
AID FOR TRADE Prospect Magazine, July 2005. Open markets will hurt the world’s poorest people unless accompanied by trade-related development aid.
HARDWORKING FAMILIES The Idler, June 2005. Why we must resist New Labour’s cult of work.
THE SHARED FARM POLICY AGENDA IN BRUSSELS AND WASHINGTON Agra Europe, 27 May 2005. The EU and US should stop fighting and start talking about the changing shape of farm policy.
TIME TO COME CLEAN ON FARM SUBSIDIES European Voice, 24 February 2005. All Europe’s citizens have the right to know who gets what from the Common Agricultural Policy.
CALIFORNIA CROSSES THE ATLANTIC New Statesman, 30 August 2004. Notes on a European Union plan to adopt a ballot initiative process.
A VERY AMERICAN TOUR OF DUTY The Guardian, 24 July 2004. What the Tour de France tells us about transatlantic difference.
FARMING WILL SUFFER FROM FRENCH VICTORY The Guardian, 28 October 2002. A bad deal on farm policy that will come back to haunt Europe.
CAP REFORM: WHY EU LEADERS MUST SEE THE WOOD FROM THE TWIGS Tribune, 7 July 2002. With Europe at the crossroads, agriculture policy is about much more than farming.