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German pub landlords in revolt over increases in Sky sport charges

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Many local newspapers in Germany – such as the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger in Cologne – have reported the anger of German pub landlords, caused by Sky’s decision to raise subscription charges for televised sport. This comes at a time when many of the small pubs and restaurants in Germany are struggling to survive. For many of […]

Jon Danzig’s ‘Questions for Cash’

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At a debate about the future of the European Union, Jon Danzig asked leading Conservative Eurosceptic, Bill Cash, MP,  if Britain would have more influence in the world if we left the EU.  (Shot on my Samsung smart phone – 2 minutes 47 seconds) Other articles by Jon Danzig: What Nigel Farage told British expats in Spain […]

Criticising Ukraine: Fair or Foolish?

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Since Croatia’s ascension, Ukraine is one of the next in line hoping to participate in the Brussels community. While Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has been encouraged by various EU leaders in guiding his country’s European aspirations, bashing Ukraine has also become a popular pastime. Kiev has been depicted as flirting with both Russia to the […]

The solar trade dispute

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The recent anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the EU on imported solar panel components from China, highlights a crisis not only in trade relations between Europe and China, but also the divisions within the renewable energy sector in Europe. Within Europe’s solar panel industry, there appears to be two conflicting interests between the producers of the […]

Questions about the debate about Europe

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To watch just my question and the answers click here (5 minutes) At a debate in London this week about the future of the European Union, I asked high-level politicians and senior academics: “How are we going to raise the level of debate in this country which is quite frankly appalling?  It’s very vitriolic, it’s […]

HSBC Bank: Is Britain’s future in Europe?

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At yesterday’s AGM, I asked HSBC what impact the UK leaving the EU would have on the bank’s optimistic plans for the future. Their group chairman, Douglas Flint, replied, “It is important that Europe comes out stronger and Britain remains at the heart.” He added that whilst there’s uncertainty around what the trading relationship might […]

Telegraph readers call me ‘a moron’

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Today I posted pro-EU arguments under a Daily Telegraph article about the number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK.  Clearly, my comments were unwelcome by DT readers.  They called me ‘a moron’, an ‘utter idiot’ and told me ‘to get medical help.’ So much for elevated debate. This was my comment: All UK […]

Eppur si muove: Britain and the EU

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Having already spent some time this week discussing Thatcher and the EU, there is a temptation to revisit the topic as part of the on-going efforts by (seemingly) every political commentator in the country to appropriate her memory. However, such obsessing with the past is a big part of the British dysfunction when it comes […]

Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog

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Welcome to Jon Danzig’s new ‘EU ROPE’ blog, where the links between the UK and Europe are explored and discussed.  Stories so far: BBC’s John Humphrys got it wrong about Europe Why did UKIP win in Clacton? Press Complaints Commission: Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code A country called Europe? Europe Moves – The ‘EU Earthquake’ […]

The Cyprus Bailout: Factsheet

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It came as a surprise to many to see the sudden economic downturn in Cyprus. The economy of the country before 2008 had a picture of sustainable growth, low unemployment figures, and robust public finances. A mild recession followed in 2009 but what really depressed the economy to the present state were the country’s unstable banks and […]

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