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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 […]

Brexit. One mighty crunch ahead.
Brexit

Brexit. One mighty crunch ahead.

Today – even by the standards of the speed of news about Brexit – has been an extraordinary day. Here are the five stand out issues: A leaked memo shows the UK government has no Brexit plan and estimates that 30000 civil servants are going to be needed to make Brexit […]

25 reasons Trump ended up becoming President
Technology

25 reasons Trump ended up becoming President

I’ve read too many pieces seeking the reason why Trump managed to become US President. There is no single reason. There are many overlapping and even sometimes contradictory reasons. Here are 25 I’ve come across, vaguely organised so they build upon each other. Decline of the mainstream media (Joshua Benton / Nieman […]

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) […]

Online debate around #Brexit – quick notes
Brexit

Online debate around #Brexit – quick notes

I am presenting at reCampaign in Berlin today about the online communications around the Brexit vote. I do not have the time to completely and coherently write up what I will say, but here are simply some of the links to pieces I found interesting when doing my research for […]

The hard vs. soft Brexit framing will do just fine
Brexit

The hard vs. soft Brexit framing will do just fine

Owen Jones has a piece in The Guardian about the language of Brexit. We should not use the term “Hard Brexit”, he argues, because actually what a “Hard Brexit” means is a “Chaotic Brexit”. Jones is right to talk about the vocabulary, and he is right that framing matters, and […]

Ja zu Europa – Wie weiter nach dem Brexit?
Brexit, German Politics

Ja zu Europa – Wie weiter nach dem Brexit?

Your browser does not support iframes. Am Freitag den 14. Oktober 1830-2000 bin ich Referent auf eine Podiumsdiskussion der Grünen in Dresden zum Thema Brexit und der Zukunft Europas. Die anderen Referenten sind Terry Reintke MdEP (Website, Twitter) und Prof. Alexander Thiele (Website). Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich – also alle […]