European politics

Europe at a crossroads.

For decades those within the EU took rising standards of living for granted, the EU was seen as the driving force behind this economic advancement. The crash of 2007 and subsequent fallout has questioned this orthodoxy. Europe is now at a crossroads, disintegration and break up down one pathway, or an injection of reinvigoration, reform...

European politics

The winds of change: does the bell toll for the far right in Europe?

In 2016 as the re-run of the Austrian presidential election loomed, for the first time in Europe since before 1945, the possibility of a far right country leader appeared a distinct possibility. Riding a wave of populism sweeping through Europe the far right has seen a renaissance in recent years. Both Jobbik and Perusuomalaiset (True...

(Great?) Britain European politics

Project fear and why the remain camp failed.

In Post-Brexit Britain there has been no apocalypse, no armageddon, no end to civilisation as we know it, yes the pound has dropped and the markets remain subject to volatility, but the end to civilisation prophesied by the remain camp has yet to materialise. With my colours firmly nailed to the pro-EU mast, I thought...

European politics

The Bundestag, a beacon of hope in a sea of isolationism.

The Bundestag, nestled in the heart of Berlin beside the Brandenburg Tor, in 1945 a stark, burnt out symbol of where the excesses of nationalism can lead a country. Since reunification it now stands reborn, renamed and reformed. In the 75 years since national socialism reared its ugly head Germany has come a long way....

USA presidential election

Do the right thing

Winston Churchill once stated “you can rely on the Americans to do the right thing, once they have exhausted all other possibilities.” Come the presidential election in November, will the USA do the right thing? I am of course talking about the distinct possibility of a Trump presidency. A CNN poll today gave Trump a...

(Great?) Britain European politics

Britain wants to have its cake and eat it.

Britain will have its cake and it will eat it.  In effect, this was the promise of the the hardcore cabal of Vote Leave politicians prior to the referendum. The ‘Brexiteers’ promised a nationalist, protectionist utopia whereby we could continue unabated merrily trading tariff free with the EU.  What they promised was in effect a bespoke single...

(Great?) Britain European politics

We are the 48

We are the 48 who believe in the EU We are the 48 who numbered 16,141,241 million We are the 48 who see the immigrants working jobs the British people do not wish to work We are the 48 who support workers rights as enshrined in EU legislation We are the 48 who voted for...

(Great?) Britain European politics

What has Europe ever done for us?

Out of the ashes of WWII there arose a noble ideal, that the continent of Europe would never again see such bloodshed, collective trauma, upheaval and devastation as had been witnessed prior to 1945.   From the treaty of Paris 1951 through to the Treaty of Lisbon 2007 the overriding desire has been to maintain...