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


Reading Time: 10 minutesWhereas 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 being “very dark grey”. Two things come to mind when analysing the outcome of this […]

Brexit Musings (8): Ain’t Britain Got Culture, No More?


Reading Time: 5 minutesRiches And Stitches in the EU It’s quite interesting to see how different European countries tackle the outcome of a general election that didn’t quite go to plan. It seems that, nowadays, the electorate want a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and end up getting nothing. Dutch politicians rhymed their way […]



Reading Time: 4 minutes(image: It seems like a rotten sequel to an already very bad film. If you thought “Brexitmania” was bad, now we have the very latest cheap remake on a theme that is well past its “sell by” date. In deciding to go it alone, Catalonia has done exactly what the UK did, on 23rd […]

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


Reading Time: 4 minutesI 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


Reading Time: 8 minutes  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


Reading Time: 5 minutesIn 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


Reading Time: 7 minutesJuncker 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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Reading Time: 5 minutesI 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 […]

The Week When The UK Lost The Plot…And My Sympathy


Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen historians look back at Brexit, dates will be remembered for different reasons: the flawed referendum campaign, the death of Jo Cox, the result itself, triggering Article 50, and the general election that misfires, to name but a few. This week will be remembered as the week when the UK really lost the Brexit plot. […]

Brexit Musings (3) – Welcome To Amsterdam Schiphol


Reading Time: 3 minutesWell, not much to chew on this week, concerning Brexit. However, I do have an idea: with the tenors of the UK political landscape out of the country for the summer, maybe it is time to close the borders – before they get back. Wishful thinking I know, but it’s a nice thought. There is […]