Joking Apart – Don’t Turn Charlie Hebdo Into Charlie Hebdon’t

Charlie

The Kouachi brothers ran into the street shouting “Charlie is dead”…Today’s Charlie-killers are loose on the Net and in the White House…But Charlie is alive and well.   Well Donald, who do YOU remind ME of?   WARNING In the same vein as Charlie Hebdo, this post is provocative and can endanger your mental health. This […]

Brexit And EU Nationals (II) – The UK’s Proposals

brexit and EU

For over a year, Theresa May has prided herself in refusing to reassure EU nationals about the impact of Brexit on their personal lives, until the Brexit negotiations had started, and the EU had given similar reassurances concerning UK nationals in the EU. It must be said that she has kept to her word, and […]

Article 50: “Je T’Aime, Moi Non Plus” (I Love You, Me Neither)

Article 50

A year after the Brexit vote, the long negotiations between the UK and the EU have begun. Having been deeply saddened by the referendum result and the UK’s triggering of Article 50, I now ask myself if the UK has ever been a true EU member and has European ideals. It is now clear that […]

UK Election: “And The Winner Is…Democracy.”

democracy

By calling a snap general election, Theresa May took a gamble and failed miserably. From having a small majority in the last parliament and a 20-point lead in the opinion polls, she has ended up with neither. On hearing the news, on Friday morning, I got out of bed with a spring in my step. […]

UK Election – Half A View From Half An Expat

The UK election

The UK election is upon us and, even for a disenfranchised expat (well, half an expat), it’s still interesting. It’s that time again in the political calendar, where all politicians become very nervous, and start belatedly worrying about what everybody else actually thinks of them. If I were in Theresa May’s shoes (something that my […]

Emmanuel Macron Must Stand Up And Deliver

Emmanuel Macron has won an unprecedented victory. The question now is, will he be able to deliver his promises?   The victory chants echoing all around the world famous Louvre museum underscore that, what was unthinkable a little more than 36 months ago, has just taken place. Emmanuel Macron quit banking, became finance minister and, today, […]

French Presidential Debate: Much Ado About Nothing

From time to time, there is such a build-up to a mid-week football match, that you cannot wait for the Wednesday night. The build-up to this week’s French presidential debate promised a night of high drama, philosophical insights and antipodal ideologies. Instead, I was forced to watch the debate on my iPad, my son having […]

French Press (4) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

(IV) Emmanuel Macron’s Late Night Out Up to now, compared to Marine Le Pen, I’ve been quite nice to Emmanuel Macron. Well, one thing’s for sure: nobody’s perfect I was fortunate enough to attend the Euro 2000 football championship final between Italy and France, that took place in Rotterdam. I was standing in the midst […]

French Press (3) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

(III) Evolution And Decomposition Of French Politics   The fact that there is no Republican candidate in the second round of the French presidential elections, coupled with the disintegration of the French socialists, underscores the fact that the French political landscape has undergone a seismic shift, for the first time in the long history of […]

French Press (2) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

(II) Marine Le Pen’s Splitting Headache Over Europe   The situation at the Whirlpool plant, situated in the northern town of Amiens, underscores the nature of the combat between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The fact that the American owners want to relocate the plant in Poland, is, for Le Pen, the epitome of […]