MEP James Elles’s new blog on politics, policy and long term policy issues ..

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I have followed MEP James Elles’s thinking from the EIF in the European Parliament – and it’s great to see that he has his own blog on policy and long term trends.

James talks of a range of issues in his blog covering both politics and policy and especially covering long term trends.

In his inaugural blog, Future Trends: When will Europe get its act together? - he contrasts the long range thinking of the Americans as outlined in the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s (NIC) “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” report with the lack of similar initiatives here in Europe(and notes that the Chinese government also have similar thinking in place)

James says ..

I find it astonishing that we have so little fundamental appraisal of long-term trends when the EU takes decisions, for example on climate change, establishing the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, relying on international evidence but having no independent process to assess information for itself.

Might it not be a good idea to create something similar in the EU, as exists in the US, to get a clearer idea of what the EU might expect in the future?

I expect that knowing James’s background and detailed knowledge of transatlantic policy issues, this will be an important blog to follow – both for policy and politics.