Author: Jon

EU Politics

Transnational Lists: a small step towards a more democratic EU

Tomorrow – Wednesday 7th February – the plenary of the European Parliament votes on a proposal from the Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) committee about the rules for the 2019 European Parliament elections, now just 16 months away in May 2019. What makes this matter controversial this time is the issue […]

Technology

A little Twitter spat with Andrew Neil

Just under 48 hours ago I spotted a tweet from the BBC’s well known political journalist Andrew Neil – someone retweeted it into my timeline: Germany tonight in its biggest political crisis since late 1940s. Bigger even than UK’s current ongoing political crisis. — Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 20, 2017 […]

Brexit

Democratic standards, Russian money, and the Brexit referendum

A tweet I wrote earlier today drew some interesting reactions: Be careful here, folks.#Brexit was NOT caused by the Russians. We will never be able to ascertain that. However it is becoming clearer that Russian money influenced the Brexit vote and puts the democratic quality of that vote in question. […]

EU Politics

Is Joseph Mifsud even a legitimate Professor?

In my major post about Joseph Mifsud I put “professor” in inverted commas. That was before I knew the extent of Mr Mifsud’s activities, but now having looked into it, it seems to me that this Professor title Mifsud has been using is highly questionable. To be clear from the […]

EU Politics

Gianni Pittella and his “caro amico” Joseph Mifsud

The world has been asking themselves who the “mystery professor” Joseph Mifsud is. The British press – Byline and Carole Cadwalladr in The Guardian – have been connecting Mifsud to Alok Sharma and Boris Johnson. Mifsud has good Russian connections and is supposed to be the person who facilitated the […]