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Only a united Europe can bring us peace

Jon Danzig |

The EU is the most successful peace project in human history. Sure, it’s not perfect. But as a model for neighbouring countries to democratically work together, in cooperation and in peace, for the common goals of prosperity and security with respect for human rights, there is no better example on planet earth.

The Russian Connection - update

Jon Danzig |

There is no doubt across the world, even in Russia, that Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the murder on Friday of Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. Just as there is now little doubt that Russia directly interfered in the UK’s democratic processes – the Scottish referendum in 2014, the EU referendum in 2016, and the general election in 2019.

The day Britain ditched old money

Jon Danzig |

Compared to Brexit, the day Britain ditched its old money and adopted a new decimal currency was smooth sailing. Work on the new system began in earnest in March 1966 and decimalisation day came five years later, on 15 February 1971, when the government launched the new currency across the country.

Moldova – our unknown future partner

eu!radio |

We recently welcomed Dorina Baltag to eu!radio! She is a researcher at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance of Loughborough University, in London. She spoke to us about Moldova, our future EU partner we know so little about.

How can Labour win next time?

Jon Danzig |

To win power, and to stay in power for more than one term, Labour needs to do something special. It’s a sobering thought that although there have been six Labour Prime Ministers since the party was formed in 1900, only three of them won general elections: Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, and Tony Blair. The Tory […]

'Brexit is a colossal mistake'

Jon Danzig |

Former Conservatives Prime Minister, Sir John Major, did not mince his words about Brexit at a Westminster committee meeting. Speaking in February 2023, he asserted that leaving the European Union has been “a colossal mistake.” We should be back in the #EU, he said, to keep Britain safe. He said: “There are three great power […]

Labour, it's time to think BIG

Jon Danzig |

The Guardian has reported that Labour is planning to ditch radical reforms and only offer ‘safe policies’ in a stripped-down, cautious manifesto that is “bombproof” to Tory attacks. Keir Starmer has now rowed back from numerous big policies, such as its £28bn a year commitment on green investment, replacing the House of Lords with a […]

End of the British Empire

Jon Danzig |

By 1960 it was clear that Britain’s Empire was finished. No wonder that the following year, in 1961, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan applied for the UK to join the European Community. After all, without its Empire, with the ‘special relationship’ with the USA soured by the Suez scandal, and with our Commonwealth severely diminished, Britain […]

The EU's beating cancer plan

Jon Danzig |

The EU’s ‘Beating Cancer Plan’ is a political commitment to improve the lives of all European citizens. In 2021, the European Commission pledged to take decisive action on cancer. Three years on, Europe’s ‘Beating Cancer Plan’ is already making a difference to people’s lives thanks to the many projects and actions that have been launched. […]

Brexit? "Not in my name. Never!"

Jon Danzig |

Seven months after the advisory-only EU referendum, 114 brave MPs passionately spoke and voted AGAINST triggering Brexit. Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda, was one of them. Along with 46 other Labour MPs, he defied the 3-line whip imposed by his then party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and voted AGAINST the European Union (Notification of […]

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