France

Staying in the EU

Beautiful interview Simon. My parents were teenagers when WW2 ended and I live a walk away from the British Airborne cemetery at Oosterbeek. That we don’t better celebrate what binds us in Europe and transatlantically is a very sore spot to me as well. It certainly isn’t difficult for my parents and grandparents for whom …

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La Grande Culture Est Mort

The French elite is binge watching American shows on Netflix in private while insisting that the culture of their grandparents is set in stone and must be protected from foreign influence. Long dead politicians, artists and ideas are presented as the ideal France. Youth culture in France today is considered an aberration, a foreign (largely …

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Without intervention in Syria, Assad will win.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/gains-and-countergains-where-things-stand-after-the-latest-advance-of-the-assad-regime/ “Britain, France and the US now have to do a lot of thinking about what will happen if the Geneva process collapses. ” Without intervention, the Assad regime will win, its allies have shown their willingness to see to that. Iran extended a line of credit worth over $4b to Syria, assets that it …

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British euroscepticism is European, too.

Good analysis by Gideon Rachman, Janan Ganesh and Quentin Peel over at the ft. Germans and Dutch do welcome British pressure to offset the French interests. Especially since Cameron changed tack late last winter with the budget renegotiations. And indeed with the electorate pressing for change this really is a huge opportunity for Britain to show …

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UK, EU, US and Poland

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/britain-poland-and-the-future-of-the-eu/ Many Poles are disappointed in Britain. The original thinking is that Poland needs the UK and by extension the US to maintain independence from Russia and Germany. The UK’s dithering versus Europe may have made it an unreliable security partner in the eyes of many Polish. ‘How much does the UK really care?’ they …

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French socialists attack ‘selfish’ Merkel

The French socialists are angry and desperate as they’re seeing their mandate evaporate in the polls. So they try this. They might as well have reproduced the swastika and moustache. This is almost as tasteless and vile as what many Greeks did. Can a French President be deposed? Playing populist politics with the leading alliance …

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More on Cameron’s victory and the sad new EU budget

Most important is that the electorate in the north has asked for less spending in Brussels and is getting that. A scenario in which EU spending had increased while national budgets are cut drastically was totally unpalatable. The criticism leveled against the compromise is all excellent and true, we will rue trading in a progressive …

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