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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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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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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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And still, the questions go unasked

A trial surrounding the murder of 9 people in a series of attacks and bombings by German Neo-Nazis was used as the basis for a group of tv movies looking at events from the point of view of the victims, … Continue reading

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Shameful, shoddy and cynical – The EU Turkey

The deal between Turkey and the EU, horsetrading over the lives of refugees from the Middle East, is perhaps the most glaring example yet of the European Union’s inept and ill considered political forays into issues that are outside their … Continue reading

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EU – in need of new management?

Late winter 2016 and the EU seems to have entered a phase where a national government would get calls for the Prime Minister to resign and an early election to be arranged. There’s nothing very special about this in a … Continue reading

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Cameron, Tusk and the EU

The puzzling thing about Donald Tusk’s European Commission letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron is why anyone should take it seriously. To imply that a co-ordinated series of parliamentary votes in a series of national parliaments could become a … Continue reading

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BREXIT – narrow nationalism in the EU.

When I left the UK to settle in Germany after the fall of communism, it was on the assumption that a European approach to all kinds of practical and administrative questions would mean that working and running a business would … Continue reading

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