The Brookings’ Institution’s Justin Vaïsse takes apart the Eurabia myth in this excellent short piece inForeign Policy. He points out the concept’s stylistic links to fear of “Eurocommunism” in the 50s and general anti-European and anti-internationalist sentiments on the American right, and correctly positions Melanie Phillips as “on the fringe far right” in European debate. […]
From today’s Guardian. In an interview on LBC today, [David] Cameron said he was “disappointed” by the Czech court’s decision [that the Lisbon Treaty is OK constitutionally]. “I hope, of course, [Klaus] doesn’t sign the treaty but I suspect time is running out,” the Conservative leader said. Is this not extraordinary? To hope that a […]
So our 1,000 years of history ends like this
Yes, sadly, there is no more UK. As of today, it’s gone. No Queen. No Parliament. No pints in country pubs.
Lots of rumours that Tony Blair is the front runner for the EU Presidency. I suspect he’s a plausible candidate but, as this squirt of venom from Marina Hyde shows, anyone who thinks Blair will bring Britain into the European mainstream is likely to be disappointed. More widely, I don’t think that ex-prime ministers, even of countries with seats on the Security Council, do much for the EU’s democratic image.
I was going to write a piece about the Tory primary in Totnes, and how that and the proposals for a live television debate between Cameron and Brown showed that the political class in the UK are obsessed with the US political system to the complete exclusion of much more similar political arrangements in Europe. […]
According to Economist writer Charlemagne, the announcement of Tony Blair’s candidacy for EU President is not so much premature as just plain wrong.
Have you ever wondered how people reconcile the difference between what the media claim “everyone thinks” and what people demonstrate they think by their actions at the ballot box? Take this comment from the BBC Europe diary, by a commenter in (of course) Tunbridge Wells: Why does no-one comment on the fact that the European […]