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"The Mythology of Climate Change"
Everyone agrees that the climate is changing. Always has. Always will. But there the agreement ends. Global Vision was honoured to have Roger Helmer join us for lunch, where he debunked some of the myths that have grown up around the climate debate like ivy round an old oak tree. He stripped away the myths until we could finally see both the wood and the trees. Roger has spent the past nine years in the European Parliament, where he sits on the Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change. He is an ardent campaigner on climate and energy issues, as well as national self-determination and independence.
"The EU’s 2020 Renewables Target: Costs to the UK"
At a recent lunch seminar, Ruth Lea and John Constable discussed the costs and impossibilities for the UK of the latest Renewables Directive, EU legislation which requires each country to commit to specific targets for renewable energy. The lunch was in advance of a much anticipated research paper on this issue, which will be published by Global Vision shortly."The Problem of ESDP: EU-NATO relations"
A lunch seminar with Geoffrey Van Orden MBE, MEP
17th April 2008
During the first week of April, the NATO Summit was held in Bucharest, where discussions related to NATO operations, enlargement and the development of partnerships are expected. At this timely point, Global Vision hosted a talk by Geoffrey Van Orden MBE, MEP, who discussed the impact of the European Security and Defence Policy on EU-NATO relations.
Global Vision was delighted to have such an experienced defence expert and politician join us for lunch. Geoffrey comes from a long career as a soldier and military intelligence officer. Geoffrey has invaluable experience as a counter-terrorist specialist and was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at the age of 27, for special duties in Northern Ireland. He was one of the Army's younger Brigadiers, and his last post was at NATO headquarters. He left the Army in order to enter politics and was elected to the European Parliament in 1999. He is currently the defence spokesman for the Conservatives in the European Parliament.
"The EU and a Conservative Government: first-term options?"
Ex-Treasury official Gurmaj Dhillon discussed the EU landscape that may face a potential first-term Conservative government - especially as it is likely that the Lisbon Treaty will have been ratified by all 27 EU Member States and, indeed, enforced by then. Gurmaj also considered the implications for the Conservatives’ wider political strategy.
Dr Syed Kamall MEP discussed the impact of 60 years of international trade liberalisation under the GATT/WTO and where the future lies for European Union trade policy.
"Globalization and Immigration? Why the elites and the electors are in disagreement"
Anthony Scholefield discussed why elites and electors are at odds over globalization and immigration. Globalization, mass immigration and EU membership (with its reference to free movement of people) are all advocated by most politicians but are generally unpopular with the electorate in the US, the UK and most of the EU. Both globalization and mass immigration create winners and losers. In the western world, the winners are the elites and the owners of capital. But there are differences. Trade is a reversible flow which leaves no 'footprint'. A transfer of people is a transfer of stock which has enormous and long-lasting effects on a country's wealth income and culture. Labour advocates 'managed' migration and David Milliband now wants to 'manage' globalization (Bruges speech 15th October 2007). As both the EU and UK have recently moved in tandem to a new policy of only allowing highly skilled migrants, will this work and why are they doing it now? Will the major parties admit their previous enthusiasm for (any) immigration was wrong?
"The 2008 election and American foreign policy"
Global Vision was honoured to hosted a lecture by Ambassador John Bolton, the former US Representative to the United Nations. To listen to his speech - which includes Ambassador Bolton’s views on Iraq and the US Presidential election race, and everything in between, from European Union Treaties to Climate Change and the Middle East - click on the link below.
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