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In search of a European identity

May 28, 2009
by James Clive-Matthews
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Britain and the “unaccountable” EU

A must-read piece by The Economist’s Charlemagne – more usually a columnist who leans towards the eurosceptic side – explaining very neatly why populist anti-EU rhetoric about democratic deficits and the EU being unaccountable is ignorant at best, and is … Continue reading

November 14, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
22 Comments

The state of EU debate

A subject worth another look every year or so – especially with EU elections looming in 2009 – is what sort of discussion (if any) the European Union is inspiring among its citizens. After all, I remain top Google result … Continue reading

October 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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EU democracy from an unlikely source

And from the most unlikely of sources – Britain’s leading terrestrial commercial television channel ITV. The self-same ITV that’s been kicking up a fuss over it’s obligation to provide “public service” programmes for the last year or more. So, following … Continue reading

June 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
11 Comments

More Irish referendum aftermath thoughts

First up, Nanne’s done a handy roundup of blog reactions (with a few more from RZ) – which further goes to show that there’s no real consensus on what the hell should be done. Some more fervent pro-EU types are … Continue reading

June 13, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
13 Comments

The Lisbon Treaty is dead

But considering it was largely the unconvincing zombie resurrection of the old Constitution anyway, it probably won’t be fully dead until someone’s cut its head off, put a stake through its heart, shot it repeatedly with silver bullets, smothered it … Continue reading

February 22, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Erm, you remember that democracy thing?

Well, according to the European Parliament it can go jump in a lake. Because they’ve voted not to respect the result of the Irish referendum (constitutionally required, lest we forget) on the Lisbon Treaty. What we effectively have here is … Continue reading

February 21, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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On free speech in the European Parliament

Quick question: why is there so little condemnation from the pro-EU camp of the European Parliament’s recent actions in trying to stifle eurosceptic proponents of referenda on the Lisbon Treaty? To redress the balance: I’m pro-EU and I’m anti-referendum – … Continue reading