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In search of a European identity

June 19, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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“Becoming EU-sceptic”

Prolific Euroblogger Julien Frisch – “a convinced European citizen and glad to be a citizen of the European Union” – is approaching his first anniversary of blogging. During that time, his coveraged has been both eclectic and entertaining, informative and … Continue reading

June 7, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
2 Comments

Twittering the European elections results

I’m on Twitter at the moment, blathering away more or less incoherently with a bunch of other Eurobloggers (@JonWorth, @JulienFrisch, @kosmopolit, @citizeneurope, @EuropeanCitizen and a bunch of others) as the results and rumours come in. Follow along via the hashtags … Continue reading

May 22, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
76 Comments

UKIP’s “Britain paying the EU £40 million a day” claim vs the REAL costs of UK EU membership

This has been on various UKIP election leaflets, so it’s evidently a claim they’re proud of – but does it stand up? Simple maths tells us that Britain paying £40 million a day to the EU would mean an annual … Continue reading

March 28, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
43 Comments

Four points and a question for eurosceptics who believe in the advancing EU superstate

This little debate seems to be running on and on – and it’s a fun one, so let’s keep at it. Some very good discussion is still raging away in the comments to my Jean Monnet and EU superstate posts, … Continue reading

March 26, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
23 Comments

Why EU superstate conspiracy theories are nonsense

My jokey post on the “danger” of EU founding father Jean Monnet prompted a response from the usually well-intentioned and often thought-provoking eurosceptic Ken of EU Realist (on whom I don’t mean to pick, but he’s provided me with most … Continue reading

March 3, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
2 Comments

On the upcoming EU elections

Interest in and turnout for elections is in pretty much direct proportion to how important and likely to have an impact the public perceive them to be. So European election campaigners should be discussing why the elections matter – and … Continue reading

February 12, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
4 Comments

The EU, UK and civil liberties

Via the Convention on Modern Liberty‘s Twitter feed and following yesterday’s post on German concerns about the EU being used as a democratic bypass comes news of a worrying development for the freedom of every EU citizen: People may be … Continue reading