Tag: Embassy

Labour veteran urges radical UN reform

Former Labour MP Tony Benn delivered a rousing speech at the Consular Corps of London’s luncheon this month calling for the United Nations to be…

Entente formidable

Talleyrand, one of the greatest French diplomats, once said, “Give me a good chef and I will bring you back a good treaty.” This must…

Ambassador slams UK media

The Chinese Ambassador to Britain has attacked elements in the British media for their biased coverage of the recent pro-Tibetan riots in Lhasa. Speaking at…

Miliband urges radical change

The Foreign Secretary has announced a radical change in the way the Foreign Office will be run. Addressing a gathering of 160 ambassadors at the…

Kosovo divides corps

Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence has divided London’s diplomats over whether the world’s 194th state deserves recognition. Britain was quick to recognise independence and British…

FCO prepares for reshuffle

The Foreign Office is bracing itself for a reorganisation in April, in line with a new ‘Strategic Framework’. When David Miliband took up office last…

Visas: service and security

With visa demand spiralling, how do missions strike a balance between customer-friendly service and tightened security? Here are some ideas from Embassy magazine’s Visa Services…

Consuls of the future

Will consuls be specialists in the embassies of the future? This was one of the questions posed at February’s Consular Corps luncheon at which Marshal…

E-borders – the new final frontier?

Twentieth century border control is not up to the task against international criminals and terrorists who use increasingly sophisticated methods to enter countries illegally, a…