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Scotland – Falklands of the North Atlantic.

The Scottish people might ask themselves why so many EU people seem to welcome the idea of admitting an independent Scotland to the EU post-Brexit. Do Europeans have a weakness for kilts and whisky, or the Scots’ famed generosity and … Continue reading

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BREXIT

The referendum vote is taking Britain out of the EU, much to my surprise. I hadn’t expected people to vote leave, despite supporting that idea since the 1975 referendum, though I have equally wanted to see the creation of a … Continue reading

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Brexit vote tomorrow

Whichever way UK people vote tomorrow, the appalling nature of the campaign to leave or remain in the EU is a cautionary reminder of the depths to which populist politics sinks political debate. The murder of Labour MP Jo Cox … Continue reading

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Brexit – good for Europe?

The EU is failing and it ought to be too important to fail. To recover some semblance of political development, Brexit could be welcomed as an opportunity to begin the root and branch reform that puts fairness and democracy at … Continue reading

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Cameron urges referendum registration to vote.

Dear Mr. Cameron, “Dave”, I would dearly like to vote in the forthcoming referendum, but as a Briton living in Europe, you have ensured that like so many others, I am disenfranchised and not allowed a vote. This is disgraceful. … Continue reading

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Berlin political strategy

The local government in Berlin is run by a coalition of Social Democrats (SPD) and Conservatives (CDU), perhaps the two most sclerotic political groupings in German indeed European politics. One of the local newspapers recently defined their joint political strategy … Continue reading

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BREXIT A Question of Principle, Practical politics and Prosperity.

BREXIT A Question of Principle, Practical politics and Prosperity. ‘Not in the room’ As Angela Merkel says she backs the UK remaining in the EU, perhaps someone should remind her that Britain is already ‘not in the room’ when it … Continue reading

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BREXIT: A better EU without the UK?

There are three key factors that unite the interests of most EU members: proximity, interdependence and scale. 1. Tens of millions of Europeans live within an hour’s journey time of a border with another EU country, say 100km, and the … Continue reading

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urban weather

I always wondered what to make of goodreads and its reviews, then some-one comes along and writes something nice, so you decide its probably ok after all. Thanks for a reader called Columbus from Texas for his comments about my … Continue reading

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German humour annoys Turk.

Turkey has an unusual aproach to international relations, calling in Germany’s Ambassador for a dressing down to complain about a satirical song mentioning President Erdogan in a regional programme ‘Extra-Drei’. The laughable over-reaction led to President Erdogan being awarded their … Continue reading

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