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“If Winter comes can Spring be far behind?” With apologies to Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind, I am increasingly struck by the parallels between Public Affairs, the British housing market and the state of European integration! The prolonged recession and the growing sense that there is likely to be no immediate relief, eventually forces… » read more

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Valedictory Lecture delivered by Tom Spencer, Sometime Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs – Brussels 8th November 2011 It used to be the tradition that departing British Ambassadors would send a final telegram home to the Foreign Office in which they spoke outside the normal constraints of diplomatic niceties. This practice may… » read more

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Why does the great ape known as Homo Sapiens Sapiens insist on celebrating anniversaries? Does it have some evolutionary advantage? Maybe Darwin has somewhere argued that anniversaries are the most obvious way we have of sorting our memories into appropriate categories and highlighting aspects of ourselves that we wish to improve. Anniversaries are top of… » read more

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