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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

December 3, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Why bother rigging Russian elections?

I mean, seriously. According to pretty much every opinion poll throughout his time in office, Putin has scored a 60-90% approval rating. He’s insanely popular in Russia, while the opposition – given considerable airtime in the West largely due to … Continue reading

October 20, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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On the reform treaty and a referendum (again)

So, the deal’s been done – and it would be rather amiss of a blog focussing on European politics not to have another quick look, even though we’ve all known this was pretty much inevitable for months now. The only … Continue reading

September 24, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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The Sun – you what?

The graphic above appears on the Sun’s website today as part of their “Oi, Gordon – give us a referendum on the EU reform treaty or else” campaign. That it’s full of distortions is unsurprising, but some of these key … Continue reading

September 13, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Viktor Zubkov – the Putin connections

So, is new Russian Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov going to be the next President? After all, Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Prime Minister (out of nowhere) shortly before the 2000 presidential election in which Putin took power. Is Vlad … Continue reading

September 7, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Shouting into the storm – and EU 2.0

Everyone in the UK knows that of the national daily papers, it’s really only the barely-read (and increasingly unreadable) Guardian (c.311,000 sales per issue) and Independent (c.190,000 sales per issue) who are in favour of the European Union. The Times … Continue reading

August 31, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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The botox treaty and the end of the EU

A fun little article on Europe in 2057, combined with Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s reiteration of the UK government’s position on a referendum over the new EU treaty, has got me pondering once again. (Warning – it’ll be a long … Continue reading

August 8, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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The new EU Reform Treaty: pointless

So, I’ve been slowly chugging through the tediousness that is the EU’s draft Reform Treaty. Packed with boredom and predictability, with no real surprises and very few really important changes to the way the EU currently works, it’s one of … Continue reading

July 19, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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That UK / Russia spat: background and a conspiracy theory

Well, now that the EU has lent its collective support to the UK’s efforts, and with Gordon Brown heading off to meet Nicholas Sarkozy tomorrow (where the Russia dispute will almost certainly be raised), it’s no doubt past time to … Continue reading

June 18, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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On an EU referendum

So, according to a poll for the Financial Times, a decent majority of Europeans want the chance to vote on whatever treaty / constitution eventually emerges for the future of Europe. We’ve now got everyone from the full-on eurosceptic UKIP … Continue reading

June 11, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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The EU in the next five years

Since the initial expansion to 25 member states back in 2004, the future of the EU has been wildly uncertain. The constitution was supposed to sort everything out but, as we all know, that little project has failed dismally. For … Continue reading

June 6, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Johnson and Addison on blogging

In lieu of inspiration I’ve been reading a few precursors to bloggers to try and get the creative juices flowing. As such, pertinent find from Dr Johnson’s Rambler (No.3, June 5th 1750): It is… quickly discoverable, that consultation and compliance … Continue reading

May 23, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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The UK’s current EU policy: nonexistent

A revealing interview with Geoff Hoon in Le Figaro (in English) has confirmed something I’ve suspected for quite a while now – the UK simply does not have an EU policy. Hoon, following his poor showing with the Defence portfolio … Continue reading