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Brexit will destroy our NHS

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 Click to view 2-minute video When USA President, Donald J. Trump, made a state visit to the UK this week, it wasn’t just to see the Queen, writes Jon Danzig. He also gleefully eyed all the British assets that could be available to his country in a fire-sale, free-trade “negotiation” with a country desperate to […]

The Umpteenth Reinforcement of FRONTEX’ Operational Tasks: Third Time Lucky?

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On 6 October 2016, the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG), the successor of FRONTEX, was officially established. Less than two years after the adoption of Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1624, the president of the European Commission announced in his speech on the 2018 State of the Union made on 12 September, the Commission’s intention to, once […]

Boris Johnson’s cake delusion

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When Boris Johnson became Foreign Secretary shortly after the referendum, he promised that Britain would get a great deal with the EU after Brexit, “of huge value, possibly greater value” than being a member of the EU. In an exclusive interview with The Sun published on 1 October 2016, Mr Johnson declared that he was […]

Three of a kind: Trump, Johnson and Farage

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The Times and other newspapers report today that President Trump has praised Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage as two “big powers” in Britain.  Trump congratulated the Brexit Party leader for his success in the European elections. Mr Trump said: “Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very […]

A Night of Firsts: A Few Insights Into the European Elections

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— This post was originally written on the 27th of May, 2019 — I spent election night at Sciences Po for a soirée électorale européenne  that lasted five hours, listening to a live analysis of the first results by researchers and students across Europe. This is the gist of what has been discussed broadly and my […]

The EU election: Remain blew it

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I don’t usually read the Nation.Cymru newspaper, but their analysis of how the Remain side lost in the EU election is spot on. Writing for the paper, described as, ‘A news service by the people of Wales, for the people of Wales’, Ifan Morgan Jones commented: ‘It was Remain that needed to use this election […]

#EP2019—Insights from Poland: the PiS vs the Coalition Europe (IV)

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As Poland is heading for a General Elections in the Autumn this year, both the governing and opposition political parties are treating the European Parliament election, that is only weeks away, as secondary to the General Elections. Yes, both sides are running a campaign to mobilise their activists and supporters to increase their share of […]

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Remainers unite! Divided we fail

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The Financial Times has published an article which provides the raw truth for the Remain movement: Britain’s Remainers are too divided. It’s something I have been complaining about for some years. My disappointment in the inability of Remainers to work effectively together has moved to frustration, to anger, and now to resigned despair. Truly, deep, […]

Fighting climate change with hydrogen technologies should be the main issue of the European elections

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The people of the United Kingdom are lucky that they have a chance to vote in the Euopean parliamentary elections of 2019. If Theresa May and the Brexit wing of her party had had their way, then the United Kingdom would have left the EU on 29th March this year, excluding the British people from […]

Three lessons for Brexit for the Huawei affair

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Yesterday’s sacking of Gavin Williamson, following an investigation into the leaking of a decision of the National Security Council on the use of Huawei components in the UK’s 5G network, was a big shock, both for its speed and its timing (don’t forget to vote today BTW). There’s nothing to be gained at this stage in […]

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