EU Politics

The case for the ideological defence
EU Politics

The case for the ideological defence

My earlier post about immigration in the UK and Labour’s response to it prompted this reply from Rob Ford at the University of Manchester: At one level this is right – my post does not propose any reform of immigration rules as part of the solution. But this then started […]

What is Matthew Karnitschnig’s problem?
EU Politics

What is Matthew Karnitschnig’s problem?

Back on Sunday I wrote this tweet about François Fillon winning the first round of the centre right primary in France: Then, out of the blue and without asking me anything, four days later I get this: “unabashedly anti-Catholic” Karnitschnig says some Greens are (as if I, one member with […]

A conversation about Brexit
Brexit, EU Politics

A conversation about Brexit

“So what does Brexit mean?” “It means Britain will leave the EU.” “Is that it?” “Essentially yes. The referendum asked the British people whether they wanted to Remain in the EU or Leave the EU. A majority said they wanted to Leave.” (have a look at the ballot paper here) […]

Salami slicing TTIP
EU Politics

Salami slicing TTIP

Oh TTIP. That great hope to rescue the transatlantic alliance. Or that scary fear of deregulation. Or both. Or neither? Juncker is worried, apparently. The Commission is putting pressure on the USA, supposedly. New Austrian President Van Der Bellen says he is against it. Merkel and Obama say they are […]