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In recent days the pace of debate about Brexit has intensified on social media. FinancialGuy has been genuinely trying to resist the urge to get involved, but a couple of days ago I gave in. Below are screenshots of a conversation between me and someone commenting on a friend’s facebook wall. The names have been… » read more

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For some time I have been convinced that the Brexit vote will easily be won by the “remain” camp. After a recent trip to the UK I am feeling much less bullish… There were some good reasons for my confidence: – the economic case for the UK to stay in the EU seems to be… » read more

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“Left to themselves, the Europeans run the risk of becoming absorbed by their internal social concerns. Europe’s economic recovery has obscured the longer-run costs of its seeming success. These costs are damaging economically as well as politically. The crisis of political legitimacy and economic vitality that Western Europe increasingly confronts – but it unable to… » read more

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In my last post (What Is The Cost To Europe Of Individual Actions?) I looked at the apparent movement of money out of Greece and into potentially safer locations. That is, of course, only one form of individual action. This weekend has seen another sort of individual action which has the collective power to cause… » read more

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Your author was in Brussels on Monday for the launch of the 2012 e-Skills week by the European Commission. The event was split into three sessions and for me, session number three lit up the day. This is possibly problematic since the session only had one genuine policy person in it, the rest were people… » read more

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What Does Europe Mean To You?

Over at the Economic and Social Committee they have been running a video contest. The closing date was last week, but now the public voting has opened. If you are a facebook user, then you can vote! If you vote, you might win an iPad! For what its worth, these are my favourites: Zinnekes Prague… » read more

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Since my last post a few days ago (The Digital Policy Landscape Seems To Be Moving) the European Council has convened and pushed European digital policy even further forwards. With the hoo-ha going on in advance about whether Greece should have some form of European fiscal Tzar overseeing their spending habits, your author was not… » read more

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