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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

September 20, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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EU referenda and reform

A couple of new posts from me over at dLiberation: Jens-Peter Bonde and EU referenda, looking at the reformist take of the leading EU-sceptic Member of the European Parliament and Giuliano Amato and democratic EU reform, giving a handy overview … Continue reading

September 18, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Back from Brussels – and a new Nosemonkey blog

A delightful time was had by all at last night’s launch debate/party for Tomorrow’s Europe in Brussels – except my feet, which got pounded by the picturesque Brussels cobbles (thanks to be being too cheap to get a taxi) and … 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

June 25, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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On the new EU treaty, the importance of terminology, and the case for a referendum

Our dear Eurosceptic friends have long been preparing themselves to make the argument “if it looks like a constitution, sounds like a constitution, then it’s a constitution”. Now that the replacement treaty is (almost) there, it’s time to see if … Continue reading

June 23, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Well spank me silly and call me a rooster

I wasn’t expecting that. Not in a month of dodgy backroom discussions, bad compromises, and shoddy short-term attempts at political face-saving. Yep – they’ve actually struck a deal on a new EU treaty. However, I’ll have to reserve judgement on … 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

March 10, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Ten (or so) bits of weekend reading

1) A handy short explanation of why I’ve been writing about the EU constitution here a lot recently. 2) A new bilingual blog aggregator type thing from new(ish) French news channel France 24, designed to provide an insight into the … Continue reading

March 8, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Cameron and the EU Constitution

Looks like Dave’s finally making vague moves to lay out his approach to the EU in somewhat more clear terms than “we don’t like the EU much, but we won’t tell you quite how much” and “We’ll quit the biggest … Continue reading

March 2, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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“The independence of France and the future of Europe”

Centre-right French presidential candidate Nicholas Sarkozy (currently the front-runner) has been doing a bit more to set out his attitude towards the EU. He’s already announced the that he thinks (fairly sensibly) that the existing EU constitution should be heavily … Continue reading

March 1, 2007
by James Clive-Matthews
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Prodi and the EU’s “one size fits all” approach

After his little upset Italian PM Romano Prodi’s managed to get through the vote of no confidence (winning by five votes – which considering how close in numbers the two main coalitions are is actually not quite as tight as … Continue reading