Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Individualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more importantly, the world I live in is my representation and no-one else’s. For Donald Trump, […]

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

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Reading Time: 7 minutes 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 […]

How Much Is That DUPpy In The Window? – The Dutch Want One Too

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Even from this side of the North Sea, it’s pretty obvious that, after the elections, Theresa May bought herself and her party 10 Democratic Union Party votes, costing 150 million quid a piece, in order to survive the Queen’s speech and get “back to work”. The question that must now be asked is if Theresa […]

Rotten Apples

Reading Time: 6 minutes 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 killed him. In fact, he wasn’t even dead yet, but I was forced by Apple […]

El Mismo Sol: Ordinary Lives In Peru

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the US and faces corruption charges   (Posted 02/17) A second international arrest warrant has been ordered for the former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo amidst allegations that he  received up to $20m in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. The former president would, in return, […]

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 […]

Simone Veil And Abortion – A Woman’s Voice In A Man’s World

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Simone Veil (1927 – 2017) Simone Veil will be remembered as the health minister who gave women throughout France the right to abortion, as well as being the first woman to become president of the European Parliament. She represented the voice of women in a man’s world. Political figures who have had a profound influence […]