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Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part I. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

Realpolitik- politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives-is flourishing in Europe. In fact, it never disappeared, but became absorbed within Europe’s society of states, dispersed and played out  across and within the many international … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 5: France’s voyage from state to market

France’s voyage from state to market. As with Germany, the years prior to 1945 cast a long shadow over post-war France. The defeat of 1940 was blamed by both Vichy and the Resistance on the failings of a liberal economy. … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 4. The Atlantic alliance, the UK and the EU.

The Euro is a neo liberal engine. One of the happy assumptions made by the advocates of the Euro holds that, if all member states hang on in there long enough, all will converge on a European norm, due to … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union: Chapter 3. The Rise of the DM

The rise of the DM. As Germany acquired formal, then effective sovereignty in Europe, France moved away from de Gaulle’s attempt to impose French primacy in the EEC, to accommodating Germany as a special partner in the 1970s, then to … Continue reading

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Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part I. Early Years.

This is an excellent analysis on the condition of the European Union (EU). Its author, one of the United States leading historians of the EU, has in effect written a hard hitting appeal for Europeans to get serious about what … Continue reading

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Major speeches on Bremain and Brexit

The campaign on the referendum for the UK to Remain or to Leave the EU is heating up. There is a lot of noise, and a good deal of mud slinging.  There are suggestions from the Remain camp that were … Continue reading

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Robin Niblett, Britain, the EU and the Sovereignty Myth. Chatham House, 2016.

This 24 page report can be downloaded from the internet in pdf. The headline arguments are written in bold. I will respond to each one of these points in the order of the summary provided by the pamphlet. The question … Continue reading

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A Letter to Cameron on Brexit: why Plan B=Plan A.

The Times of February 17, 2016 holds a lead article on Brexit, whose title has Cameron quoted as saying  ‘Don’t push us into Brexit’. The PM was said to be very stressed that European leaders would water down the results of … Continue reading

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My response to: Self-righteous Germany has left guilt behind, article by Edward Lucas, The Times, December 23 2015.

Lucas article starts with his main theme: Britain finds itself baffled by a country that’s no longer a menace and wants to make the EU work Here is the url to the article:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4648122.ece Here is the article: Germany has had a … Continue reading

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