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The Least They Can Do

The euro did well for a couple of years in good times and completely failed at its first big stress test as the decision was made to place the Southern service economies (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) in permanent debt to … Continue reading

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European Concrete

Back in the communist period, the word beton (concrete) was used (originally approvingly) to refer to those party members who refused to deal with Solidarity and who leaned toward ‘inviting’ Warsaw pact armed forces into the country to deal with … Continue reading

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Get Woke, Suffer A Humiliating Election Loss

As various media types were coming to grips with the UK election results I actually heard something I agreed with (not common when I listen to CNN, Sky or BBC which isn’t often for that very reason). I don’t remember … Continue reading

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Second Time as Farce

So…. I was half listening to a Polish news channel going on about the latest government tango with the EU. The current Polish government is doing dumb, stupid and crooked stuff with the courts and the EU isn’t happy. They … Continue reading

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Democratic Death Spiral

They just had the fourth elections in Spain in four years…. and the results will still be deadlock (and gains for a potentially nasty populist party). As this editorial points out, there’s almost no country in Europe where democracy works … Continue reading

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Baghdad in Brussels

First, I need to state clearly, I strongly support a lot of ideas of the EU and strongly admire it as an institution until about 10 years ago. I once attended a lecture by a distinguished sociologist (more interdisciplinary than … Continue reading

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More Merkel Murkiness

Well Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably in pubic for the third time in just more than three weeks… and spokesmen are still reassuring everybody that there is no cause for alarm. I’m alarmed. There is clearly something going on … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Democracy…. Goes thru the Motions

Seriously, why are they even bothering? It has been made very clear o Greece that the results of elections will be put aside if they are not pleasing to the EU (and by EU I mean ‘Germany’ and by ‘Germany’ … Continue reading

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The EU as an Apex Marine Predator

Few things in the world as useful as metaphors. They have a fairly restricted range of application but nothing is better at helping people understand something new than metaphors (relating said something new with something familiar) or in understanding the … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Union

During a pointless online political debate on the future of the EU that I was observing (and okay, sometimes taking part in) I realized that most had attached themselves to a single aspect of the EU and were holding onto … Continue reading

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