Tag Archives: European Union

Brexit and the echoes of empire

Not only did Britain vote to leave Europe: it seems we can’t even negotiate with it. We seem overconfident that we can push our weight around and get what we want, while unable to take other Europeans seriously. Why? Do … Continue reading

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How do we identify ourselves?

Thomas Mair, the killer of Jo Cox, when asked in court to state his name, gave it as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain’. You couldn’t find a stronger way to identify yourself as British. In all the debates on … Continue reading

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In or out or shake it all about?

The talks were organised by the European Movement and I was invited as a speaker on behalf of the Green Party . There are left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying in, and left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying out. The … Continue reading

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Britain’s 3 options for the EU: in or out

I’ve been reading two very different arguments for Britain to stay in the EU. One is the pretty booklet spread round the country by the Government, Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the … Continue reading

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Europe, nationalism and who we are

The debate is hotting up. Or at least, the Prime Minister is. Will Britain vote to leave the European Union at the forthcoming referendum? Are we choosing between two lousy options, as Yanis Varoufakis argues? I for one am much … Continue reading

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Debt, Greece and Europe

Even the very idea of Europe is Greek. If you look down on Earth from a spaceship, you will see the blue oceans and the clearly separated land masses – Africa, North and South America, Antarctica. But Europe is not … Continue reading

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Election post-mortem: end of an era?

After the Euro-elections, are the French National Front and the British UKIP here to stay? Are voters becoming more nationalistic, more xenophobic, more angry, or just more disillusioned? My take is that people are right to feel that there is … Continue reading

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