Category Archives: France and Germany

Brexit and the British Constitution: Part II. The Whig spirit of the Old Constitution.

The frontispiece is from the first “Whig” History of England-by a Frenchman.   How history is recorded plays a central part in Britain’s uncodified constitution. Rules and conventions remain subject to interpretation, precedents are by definition all located in the … Continue reading

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May’s trajectory: Part II. from Prime Minister to the EU’s Governor in the province of Britain.

Party first, country second. As a Tory tribalist, May’s   priority was to prevent a party split, while locating herself on the party spectrum as a soft Remainer with her prime sympathies going to the majority Remainer MPs. This was evident … Continue reading

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May’s trajectory from Prime Minister to the EU’s Governor in the province of Britain Part I. The EU and the UK hand-in-glove

The EU27  is triumphant. That’s the narrative now being spun out of Brussels about how  its super-smart negotiators have outfoxed the “Rolls-Royce” brains of the Foreign Office, reducing the UK to a province of the new empire, and its government … Continue reading

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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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