Brexit Musings (6) – Anyone For Tennis?

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Game, set, and match First off, a dose of double-dutch. Incredibly enough, the Dutch have actually got a government, after how many days? 208 to be precise. And the Dutch economy was doing so well without one. Now, we have a four-party coalition ready to screw things up. That’s politics for you. The UK government’s […]

Brexit Musings (5) – Brexit In America And “Eggs Florentine”

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I read an interesting piece in the Mail On Sunday, the other day. And there was I, thinking that the Mail On Sunday, like the Daily Mail, was as far anti-EU as you could get, until an erroneous comment of mine, posted on Facebook, got corrected by someone who’s more familiar with the antics of the […]

Utopia, Anno 2017 – Catalonia And Brexit

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  During the UK referendum campaign, the Leave camp’s arguments for leaving the European Union  focused on, (i) a full economic recovery only made possible outside the EU, (ii) close to zero immigration and, (iii) a financed healthcare system. Whilst a non negligible proportion of the Brexit voters are clearly isolationist and/or xenophobic, I do […]

Mayhem in Florence

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In the beginning, there was Rome – six paths leading away from the city, towards an ever closer union of six warring nations. Then, there was Maastricht, the symbol of a European treaty that no-one voted for. More recently, Lisbon, emblem of the same treaty that no-one got a chance to vote for.  Now, there […]

(M)Alice In Euroland – Juncker’s Playing With The F-Word

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Juncker through the looking-glass There are many words beginning with the letter “F” that are not suitable for the ears of small children. The word, alluded to, but not pronounced by Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, certainly falls into this category. I feel great passion for the European Union, but the annual […]

Lost For Words – The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

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I usually relate quite strongly to the opinion articles written in the Guardian. Most of them have a sort of utopic-leftish tinge that refreshes me with romanticism and idealism, so out-of-place in today’s world. The article inspiring this post, however, is filled with short-sightedness, misconceptions, and even borders on contempt towards others. The author, who […]

British and EU Expats – Our EU Citizen Status Remains In The Balance

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The European Union has a common mission to extend, enhance and expand rights, not reduce them. We will never endorse their retroactive removal. The European parliament will reserve its right to reject any agreement that treats EU citizens, regardless of their nationality, less favourably than they are at present. This is a question of the […]

Brexit Musings (II) – Whistle While You Work

Whistle while you work

Welcome to Brexit Musings – part II. Last week, the Brexit boys and girls stayed at home. 12th July Boris Johnson has an uncanny knack of coming out with great statements. Some time ago, in one of his more sober moments, he remarked My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances […]

Brexit Musings 1 : “I’ve Started, So I’ll Finish”

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, the Brexit negotiations are finally upon us. And this is where I get really busy because from now on, I’m going to follow what happens in Brussels very closely. Not surprising, because I’m one of those bargaining chips up for grabs – or, at least my UK qualification […]

The Evolution Of Brexit – (II) The Straw Man

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As promised, the second part of my “Brexit trilogy” to celebrate the first anniversary of the Brexit vote. A week late, I know. But the fate of EU citizens in the UK and Brits in Europe took precedence over celebrating the Brexit vote. In a similar fashion to Brexit, I got a bit muddled, overrun […]