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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 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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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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Brussels bombing

Bombing Brussels airport and one of its underground stations, is a cruel, brutal and uncivilised act. Having recently published a novel partly set in Brussels, I’m familiar with both locations and their vulnerability is much the same as might be … Continue reading

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Car bomb

The day got off to a start with a bang this morning, as just around the corner at eight o’clock, an explosion destroyed a car and killed the driver as he was driving past the Deutsche Opera on Bismarckstrasse. The … Continue reading

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German regional elections.

Germany has elections every year, as some of the Federal States go to the polls. These elections determine the regional government and the MinisterPresident in each region becomes a member of the upper house of the German Parliament, the BundesRat, … Continue reading

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Bowie Rickman departures.

When I learned that David Bowie had died, it reminded me that I am getting older. His early work had appealed, his later stuff bored. The loss of Alan Rickman is somewhat different. Younger people here in Berlin hold his … Continue reading

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New Years Eve – Cologne

Gradually, it is becoming clear that very serious assaults against woman and acts of intimidation took place on New Years Eve in Cologne, Hamburg and other cities in Europe. That this seems to have been perpetrated in Cologne by co-ordinated … Continue reading

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