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In search of a European identity

September 11, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The Irish are stupid, apparently

I don’t even have to check the usual eurosceptic sources to know how the Irish government’s research into the reasons for the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is likely to be interpreted. Because, you see, they’ve found that the reason … Continue reading

August 6, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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What is the EU for? (Part 2)

This started off as a reply to comments on this post, but got a bit lengthy… The Convention on the Future of Europe (which drew up the failed EU Constitution) was, in its early stages, a step in the right … Continue reading

August 5, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The Czech Republic and the Lisbon Treaty

Handy overview today from the EU Observer – worth a look for UK-centered readers as well, as these guys are the closest that Tory leader David Cameron’s got to allies on the continent, so may just provide a hint as … Continue reading

August 5, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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“We cannot do business like this in future”

Thus spake Tony Blair, echoing Gerhard Schröder, following the negotiations for the shoddy Treaty of Nice back in 2000. And yet the last eight years have seen the European Union do business in exactly the same way, time and time … Continue reading

July 1, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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A quick case study of the EU’s problems

Today marks the start of the French presidency of the EU. Sarkozy’s task as president? To guide the union from the post-Irish referendum confusion into a fresh new dawn of harmony and mutual appreciation, to an EU both truly united … Continue reading

June 26, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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More ways forward: John Vincour

Still trawling through post-Lisbon reactions and catching up with the various pieces of differing, trying to absorb as many suggestions as possible. Via Certain Ideas of Europe I find John Vincour’s interesting take in the IHT, which makes some very … Continue reading

June 25, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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Spotted elsewhere

Catching up on various blogs (and as part of my drive to post more frequently here, even if they are shorter pieces), a couple of interesting pieces from Cicero’s Songs – seemingly one of the few left(ish) liberal British political … Continue reading

June 20, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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The Lisbon Treaty: Why so unpopular?

It’s the single most important question – because without an answer, how can the EU progress? Brian Barder has a good stab at providing an answer – well worth reading in full: most of the sentiments, worries and concerns contributing … Continue reading

June 16, 2008
by James Clive-Matthews
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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
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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