James Crisp. Freelance journalist in Brussels.

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Is the European Commission too white?

The controversy over France’s burkini ban – struck down by an administrative court today (26 August) – has thrown the spotlight on issues of diversity, integration and multiculturalism.

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission dodges burkini ban questions but says officials can wear burka at work

The European Commission today (25 August) dodged questions over France’s controversial burkini ban, but said there was nothing to stop EU officials wearing a burka to work.

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

European Ombudsman tobacco lobbying event

I moderated a panel discussion for the European Ombudsman on how best to improve the transparency of lobbying by Big Tobacco.

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thousands march in Brussels against cheap Chinese steel imports

Thousands of European steelmakers descended on the EU capital Brussels on Monday  (15 February) demanding that officials do more to stop the flood of cheap imports from China.

February 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

2015: Year of living dangerously

I gave a talk on the last year of EU politics at Acumen Public Affairs‘ fifth anniversary party. It covered everything from the Brussels lockdown to Grexit to Brexit, to … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Photos and video coverage from COP21

Mix of videos and photos taken during the last week of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. Sit-in protest during the talks Climate Commissioner reacts to announcement of … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Captain Europe: Grexit, Brexit & my double life

The European Union’s only superhero Captain Europe shares his thoughts on Grexit, Brexit and the refugee crisis. In an exclusive interview with EurActiv.com, he also gives us a glimpse of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Germany second only to Luxembourg in money laundering risk, says report

Germany’s secretive financial sector is second only to Luxembourg in its vulnerability to money laundering, and is one of the worst member states for tax dodging, according to an analysis of … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hire me to moderate your event

If you want a lively, engaging, insightful moderator for your panel debate, get in touch. I’ve moderated for companies such as Aviva, Pepsico, and GE Capital, for institutions including the London … Continue reading

October 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

My husband, Raif Badawi, faces death for blogging

Raif Badawi could be sentenced to death for apostasy, says his wife Ensaf Haidar, who told EurActiv she feared that her blogger husband could be flogged at any time. >>Read … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

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