Russia’s Fake World Cup Russia 2018, Qatar 2022 - FIFA can really pick'em

Russia

In the Russian town of Ekaterinburg, 14 households are currently cut off from the gas supplies for a month during the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The official reason, given by the authorities, is that the high-pressure gas supply is considered… 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

Emmanuel Macron Cannot Change French “Strike Culture”

SNCF

There is another culture that the French are proud of, besides the “cultural exception” represented by their language, in the face of Anglo-Saxon dominance. It is the right for you to strike, regardless of whether your actions will close schools,… Continue Reading

Dikes, Bikes, And Perks – Holland’s Underwater Haven

Netherlands

photograph © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons) The latest OECD report, focussing on the work-leisure balance – so important in stopping each one of us from giving up on life – puts the Dutch at the top of… 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

Europe

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

Theresa May Is Undermining Citizens’ Rights

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During her recent visit to China, Theresa May has trampled on EU citizens’ rights, as well as evading the question of human rights in China. She has hardly the time to recover from jet-lag, before playing host to Saudi crown… Continue Reading

Citizens’ Rights Have Been Swept Under The Carpet Theresa May has lost out to the EU, but the EU has lost out to economics

Citizens

Whereas 23rd June 2016 will be remembered as one of the blackest days of our lives, as EU citizens in the UK and Brits in the EU, the announcement of a last-minute agreement “securing” citizens’ rights, will probably rank as… Continue Reading

Replacing The Dumbo At The Jumbo

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If life has tought me one thing, it’s appreciating that my wife is the one going to the supermarket on a weekly basis. It’s not that I am unwilling to help her, it’s the fact that she has become so… Continue Reading

Kicking Balls – From Doha To Paris, With Love

Neymar PSG

Brazilian footballer Neymar’s £200m release clause – allowing his transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) – places him at 206th in the United Nations’ list of nations by GDP, ahead of the Marshall Islands and Palau… Football transfers are… Continue Reading

Rotten Apples

A few weeks ago, my iPad suffered a premature death. For my beloved tablet, it wasn’t a crash that transformed him to ash, it’s the update that sealed his fate. Or rather, it was the lack of updates that finally… Continue Reading