Brexit Musings (12) – “Fool Britannia”

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I thought that I could peacefully finish the day, away from Brexit and Facebook, when I accidentally came across the following tweet from a leader of a Western democracy whose shoulders are probably hurting from the weight of responsibility that they carry. The tweet is so full of self-contemplation, disregard for others (bordering on contempt), […]

Brexit Musings (11) – Blue Is The Colour, Brexit Is The Game

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the most iconic things about being British is having a British passport. – Brandon Lewis (Immigration minister) In its first major announcement for getting a “country that works for everyone“, the UK government has announced the re-emergence of the giant hogweed, once labelled as Britain’s most dangerous plant. Touch it once, and you […]

De Brexit Overeenkomst Negeert de Burgerrechten van Britse Burgers in de EU

Reading Time: 5 minutes Terwijl 23 juni 2016 de boeken in zal gaan als een van de zwartste dagen in onze levens, als EU-burgers in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en als Britse staatsburgers in de EU, zal ook de aankondiging van een last-minute overeenkomst over het “verzekeren” van burgerrechten, opgenomen worden in dit lijstje als “heel donkergrijs”. Twee zaken komen […]

“Adios…Catalonia?”

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Reading Time: 4 minutes (image: barcelonaconnect.com) 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 […]

Utopia, Anno 2017 – Catalonia And Brexit

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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

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Reading Time: 5 minutes 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 […]