Is EU Citizenship Meaningless? – The Dutch Seem To Think So Why have the Dutch done nothing about dual nationality?

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Last January, a short adaptation of one of my blog posts concerning citizens’ rights after Brexit, was published in the Dutch national newspaper, “Trouw.” I pointed out the problems facing British citizens who will still be living and working in the… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (24) – Monkey Business Undemocratic...Moi?

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Before embarking on the perilous journey of trying to justify EU institutions, let me put two things straight. First, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Junker are not my two favourite characters in Euroland. In fact, I would go as far as… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (23) – “La Maison De Monsieur Lawson”

It’s nearly two years since the UK Referendum on EU membership, and I’m not going to moan about it, like a lot of people will do, to mark the second anniversary of the Brexit vote. Others will do it much… Continue Reading

Avanti La Musica – The Italian Flop For the EU, Italian politics could be more farcical than Brexit

There’s good news, and bad news, coming from Rome. The good news is that Italian coalition governments don’t last that long. Since WWII, there have been 19 general elections, but more than 60 different governments. The chances are, then, that… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (21) – Why The Dalai Lama Should Replace David Davis If you're not at the table, you're on the menu

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  And how many of even the most besotted Tory Europhiles would risk bringing down the Government, when the alternative is national ruin under Marxism? On the long march to Brexit, this was a critical moment. She and her war… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (20) – Online EU Registration And Gartner’s Hype Cycle

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    According to UK home secretary, Amber Rudd, an application system for EU nationals wanting to remain in the UK after Brexit (are there any?) will be, “as easy as setting up an online account at LK Bennett”. If… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (19) – The Federal Train From Lisbon Dutch PM Rutte says EU Federalism train must slow down and stop

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The EU is a community of values and a partnership of 27 sovereign member states, that make each other stronger, when a joint approach is needed…The EU is not an unstoppable train speeding towards federalism. – Mark Rutte    Just… Continue Reading

Will Facebook Comply With European Data Regulations? Facebook loses face, We lose our photo books

Whilst some of us are busy trying to implement the new European data regulations that will come into effect on 25th May, Facebook is just as busy as we are, in clearly breaching the same regulations. Facebook’s carelessness concerning private… Continue Reading

The EU’s Problem Is Not Brexit, It’s Eastern Europe Brexit may be a short-term crisis, but the real problems come from the East

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Jean Monnet, one of the fathers of the Union, had a vision of a unified Europe, probably a federal one. For Monnet, Europe was an ongoing process, a “work in progress”, aiming to create the best possible future for our… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (14): Emmanuel Macron – Jupiter Or Icarus? In wanting to fly too close to the sun, will the French president burn his wings?

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He’s quite articulate, isn’t he? – Andrew Marr French president, Emmanuel Macron’s television interview, broadcast on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, was nothing short of impressive. Macron showed a degree of confidence and self-belief, that were quite bewildering – especially… Continue Reading