Category: Europe

Feeling the Brexit blues

I took this photo as I walked past some TVs while I was at work today. It was lunchtime and I was on a break from facilitating a workshop. I couldn't avoid the bank of TVs all simultaneously blaring Brexit-related news and today's formal announcement of Brexit was the worst.  I'm not going to try ...

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Some excellent news…

Italian Senate panel recommends Berlusconi expulsion Looks like there's a chance Berlusconi is finally going to get (some of) what's coming to him. A cross-party panel of the Italian Senate has recommended the expulsion from the chamber of Silvio Berlusconi over his conviction for tax fraud. The call to expel the ex-premier who dominated politics ...

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You’re doing it wrong!

(Courtesy of an0key)

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If in doubt, blame “The Gays”…

Another right-wing American commentator has taken a swipe at how Europeans run their own countries. So far, so predictable. But the former NATO Commander, John Sheehan, has stepped over the line of logical argument into blatant prejudice. His argument? That the Srebrenica massacre which took place during the war in Bosnia, was down to the ...

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Nigel Farage: enormous tosser…

Euroskeptic MEP Nigel Farrage crossed the line from legitimate political protest to plain nastiness. His outburst against the new European Council President in the European Parliament showed Farrage up for the little Englander he really is: Nigel Farage, who leads UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEPS in the European parliament, said Herman Van Rompuy had "the ...

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Berlusconi strikes again

Good old Silvio, always ready with a well-placed quip. After discussing the subject of people trafficking with the Albanian prime minister, Berlusconi thought it appropriate to add a little humour: Mr Berlusconi, 73, said an accord between Italy and Albania had successfully clamped down on the trafficking of illegal immigrants across the Adriatic Sea by ...

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No thanks, Mr. Blair.

Tony Blair's inexorable journey towards becoming the European Union's first President has at last started to unravel. The Lisbon Treaty includes a clause changing this position from one that rotates between the heads of the EU's member states to one that becomes more permanent. It's not an executive position like the US or French presidencies, ...

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More Cóir Misinformation

In an episode reminiscent of the "Death Panels" lies that Sarah Palin lobbed into the Healthcare reform debate in the US, Irish rightwing nutjobs Cóir have now alleged that the Treaty of Lisbon will introduce euthanasia into Ireland. Their fear-based campaign against the Treaty betrays  the fact that they can't point to any potential benefits ...

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Lisbon II: The Revenge

The Lisbon Treaty is once again being put before the Irish people in a referendum. I say "again" as they rejected it the first time, much to the consternation of the Irish Government and their partners in Brussels. The Treaty represents a major change in how the European Union is run and simplifies decision-making. Now ...