UK

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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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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European pew poll.

The EU has serially failed people. Increased union was forced against people’s will with majorities in the Netherlands and France voting against the constitution that reincarnated undemocratically as the Lisbon treaty. A currency was designed to force political integration for political purposes. In hindsight the Eurosceptic Britons who nevertheless love Europe have been right almost …

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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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My take on the UK’s trident debate

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/the-great-british-nuclear-conundrum/ Seems to me that unnamed US official is more representative than assumed, but they probably don’t want to taint the debate too much. Having Americans say no to something lead many recalcitrants in Europe to want it just for that reason. Trident is based on the UK seeing itself much more divorced from the …

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Britain, Boston and terrorism.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/04/boston-bombing-suspects-the-search-for-a-motive/ The British have more experience rooting out dangerous extremism? What a baseless claim. Muslims are much better integrated in the US than in Britain. The US-Pakistani, Syrian and Lebanese communities in particular value higher education and its members are wealthier than the US average. Unemployment amongst US Muslims is the national average. Not so …

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EU, Immigration, Romania, Bulgaria, David Cameron and European coalitions.

I am hopeful now that Cameron has had a positive experience in Europe that he can rally another coalition on this topic and alter existing agreements. A Bulgarian friend once told me he felt their country wasn’t ready to join the EU when it did. That the prospect of membership is what pushed reforms. That …

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