Category Archives: Europe

The UK’s Golden Opportunity: The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

The May-Barnier deal is in deep trouble. After two years of negotiations, and signed up by 27 member states, it has been  vetoed twice by the largest and fourth largest defeat in parliamentary history. Prime Minister May has returned to … Continue reading

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Germany on top, Europe in trouble. Discuss. Part 2. European Disintegration?

Douglas Webber’s is a very different book, but it is also very complimentary to Bulmer’s and Paterson’s Germany and the European Union. Both hold a question mark in the title, and both place Germany centre stage, but Webber’s subject is … Continue reading

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Germany on top, Europe in trouble? Discuss. Part I.

A casual answer to the essay question in the title of this book review may suggest that the two statements are causal, and that the prime cause is that Germany is top dog. Both books under review do not rush … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe: PART 4. The UK’s view of a sustainable regime for Europe.

From the perspective of 2016, British voters in the referendum could be forgiven for thinking that the EU was not very sustainable. The Euro crisis was in its sixth year; Chancellor Merkel’s decision to welcome mass immigration into Germany undermined … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe: PART 3. The European Union in Crisis.

In his book, COLLAPSE : Europe after the European Union,(Biteback, 2018) Ian Kearns issues a warning to Euro-optimists to cease dreaming of a brighter future. Get real, learn about your continent’s history, and smell the coffee. The fate of the continent … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe. PART 2. The UK as a champion of the Europe of states

Popular UK  views on Europe locate in the upper left quadrant, sketched in the introduction in Part 1 of this series on British ideas on Europe. The “Remainers”, and their predecessors never managed to win over the British electorate to … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe. PART I. More supranational than the Pope.

British ideas about Europe may be seen as stretching out along two axes: one from west to east represents the spectrum of views ranging from a diverse Europe of states and peoples,  to a supranational Europe, a United States of … Continue reading

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