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10th February 2017

London, UK

LGBT History Month is…

William Fox

by William Fox

Communications and Digital Officer, UKREP Brussels and Foreign Office Lesbian and Gay Group (FLAGG) co-chair

22nd February 2017 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Relevant, Responsive and Responsible Democracy

Democracy…..has the disadvantage of merely counting votes not weighing them. (Dean Inge 1860-1954) Meeting in Paris in 1990 the states of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, forerunner of the OSCE, heralded ‘A New Era of Democracy, Peace and Unity’: We undertake to build, consolidate and strengthen democracy as the only system of […]

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22nd February 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Сер Алан Данкан

Министер за Европа и Америка

Кон мојата посета на Македонија

Откако Обединетото Кралство изгласа да ја напушти Европската Унија, често добивам едно исто прашање од луѓето кои ги среќавам надвор од земјата: – Што значи ова за мојата земја? Мојот одговор е секогаш ист – Британија ќе ја напушти Европската Унија, но ние не ја напуштаме Европа. Сакам оваа порака да ја донесам на мојата […]

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22nd February 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Sër Allan Dankan

Ministër Për Evropë dhe Amerikë

Në prag të vizitës në Maqedoni

Nga momenti që Mbretëria e Bashkuar votoi të largohet nga Bashkimin Evropian, njerëzit që i kam takuar jashtë shtetit shpesh më kanë pyetur të njëjtën pyetje: Çfarë do të thotë kjo për vendin tim? Përgjigjja ime është gjithmonë e njëjta, Mbretëria e Bashkuar largohet nga Bashkimi Europian por nuk e lëshon Europën. Në vizitën time […]

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22nd February 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Sir Alan Duncan MP

Minister for Europe and the Americas

Ahead of my visit to Macedonia

Since the UK voted to leave the European Union, I am often asked the same question by the people I meet overseas: What does this mean for my country? Every time my answer is the same, the UK will be leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe. On my first visit to […]

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21st February 2017 London, UK

Aycan Alp Erozalp

Digital Communications, Press and Public Affairs Officer, British Embassy Ankara

0 to 50 in 3 years

Many of us have had second-hand cars that take that long to get from 0 to 50!  But add a “K” to the 50 and you have a description of the British Ambassador to Turkey, Richard Moore’s Twitter journey since he arrived in Turkey in January 2014.  Richard was recently proclaimed by Turkey’s biggest selling […]

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21st February 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Up and down the mountain: a guide to Tyrolean Dialect

My introductory video from last September noted the importance of visiting all parts of Austria; and of the dialects spoken in different regions. You can watch me attempting to learn the wonderful and challenging Tyrolean dialect in the video above.  Clearly it’s easier in a snowstorm; up a mountain; in the cable-car going down; or, […]

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20th February 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Championing Trade

Any day now, something called the Trade Facilitation Agreement will enter into force. There will be no meeting of Presidents, no gala summit. World leaders are unlikely to give speeches. And yet it will unlock economic opportunities for millions of people around the world, reduce poverty and spur economic development. It is estimated that the […]

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16th February 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

More about that Tyrolean Squirrel’s Tail

The wind is whistling at the top of the Hungerbergbahn.  But my teacher is encouraging. ‘It’s bärig,’ she says.  ‘Innsbruck ist bärig’ (‘Innsbruck is terrific’). I repeat; and repeat; and repeat again. I’ve written before about the variety of Austria.  A country dissected by great mountains and steep valleys has developed, over centuries, a patchwork of […]

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16th February 2017 London, UK

Researching user research

(User research in project phases – courtesy of Leisa Reichelt) One of the first tasks I was given upon joining the Digital Transformation Unit within the Foreign Office was devising a strategy for user research.  User research is at the heart of digitising government services.  Everything we do should be designed with the user in […]

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