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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 […]

The EU as a power-diffuser

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Fighting my prejudices, I went to a seminar about CFSP yesterday. In my defence, I was a) tired and b) knew that both speakers would be well worth it. And indeed they were. Just to be clear, my prejudice is that the EU’s foreign and security policy is much more an object of academic study […]

Bavarian politicians, Bulgarian politics

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‘We will put an end to the populism of the Left’ – with this firm promise Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Bulgarian Minister of the Interior, and current deputy-president of the party ‘Citizens of European Development for Bulgaria’ (abbreviated in Bulgarian as GERB), addressed the Brussels politicians [1].

Margaret Thatcher and the EU: Neither a saint nor a sinner

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In one of those odd coincidences, I have been thinking about Margaret Thatcher recently.  I got an email a couple of weeks ago, about a chapter on her that I had written for an edited collection three years ago: The editors have just got around to final proofs for publication later this year, so I […]

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 Political Pantheon of the Bulgarian Spring

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Late January, 2013 marked the onset of the ‘Bulgarian spring,’ as the ‘art of government‘ collided with the force of the public will. Tumultuous events were ignited when post-socialist, post-EU accession Bulgaria was hit by dauntingly high energy bills.

The Early Political Career of Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 13 October 1925, to Alfred Roberts and Beatrice Ethel. Her father use to own two grocery shops and young Thatcher spent her childhood in Grantham, residing in a flat above the largest of those two shops. Thatcher grew up as a Methodist, being exposed to local politics […]

‘Bulgaria’s Spring’ – the Struggle for Social Rights

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Tina Schivatcheva Bulgaria’s constitution includes a wide range of social rights. However, the ‘democratic, law-governed and social state’ has been characterized as ‘chronically incapable of coping with its social problems or improving its level of economic prosperity’.  Moreover, the Bulgarian ‘minimal state’ often cannot provide its citizens even with basic necessities, such as food, electricity, […]

Your Pocket Guide Book to State Pensions

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State Pensions are paid by the British government to citizens who have reached the pensions age of 65, and have previously been paid or credited with subscriptions to National Insurance. Your subscriptions to National Insurance entitles you to claim welfare benefits, like the State Pension. Although you do not continue to pay for the Insurance when on the pensions dole, if you are: aged […]

David Cameron’s EU Speech

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Prime Minister David Cameron today promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in the EU, if he is re-elected in the 2015 general elections. His much-awaited speech on Europe started off by paying homage to veterans of World War II and the Elysée Treaty, with addressing the agenda behind the EU, being one of the poignant moments. Although established initially to prevent […]

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