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Author Archives: Alex Klaushofer

Snapshots from Europe: how three cities are responding to the Coronavirus crisis

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Last year, I spent three months travelling to see what three of Europe’s lesser-known cities showed about life on the Continent in the twenty-first century. Geographically, culturally and economically distinctive, each place – with its own legacy from the past and priorities for the future – illustrates a different aspect of Europe and the challenges […]

The New Remainers: How To Stay European After Brexit

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The weeks and months following Brexit are taking those of us who would have preferred the UK to stay in the EU into strange new territory. While politicians and technocrats get on with working out the practicalities, the question for us ordinary Europhiles is: how to remain European? On this new terrain is the underlying […]

The Idea of Europe: Out of print in the United Kingdom?

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Last month a group of thirty European thinkers published a manifesto in several British newspapers calling for the urgent need to defend “the idea of Europe” against the rising populism sweeping the continent. Clicking through from the Guardian article to the manifesto itself, it struck me forcibly how little it will resonate with a British […]

Emerging Europeans – a new post-Brexit identity

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In the interesting times that have been unfolding since the EU referendum, Britain is seeing the emergence of a new identity. A new cultural-political identity is being forged by British Europeans who feel a strong affiliation with the continent by virtue of background or cultural affinity. It’s an identity that’s growing out of a sense […]

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