Europe Category

Another Europhillic post

Against all my predictions, Sunday’s elections in Greece were not an unmitigated disaster. While Europe winced in fretful anticipation, the Greek people handed victory to New Democracy, a centre-right, pro-bail out party. I’m not going to start hypothesising about what this means for the future of the euro, because I have not got a clue […]

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The Euro, Hollande and a strange British fixation

The euro has been in turmoil, on and off, for two years. We have become accustomed to doom-saying headlines, citing bond yields and sovereign debt, interest rates and double-dip recessions. At the beginning of these multiple crises, Europe was united. ‘Merkozy’ – the unfortunate Merkel-Sarkozy duo – expressed oodles of solidarity. Austerity was imposed – the banks took no […]

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When the spark fades

Nick Clegg and David Cameron have been remarkably chummy for more time than many of the media thought was possible. The coalition survived budget negotiations, the thrashing of the Lib Dems at local elections this year, even general clashes in ideology. However, Cameron’s appalling performance at the latest European summit (a whole other story of failing […]

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Terrorism and multiculturalism – a frought war

I am currently in the depths of rural France, which is why I haven’t posted for a while. However, not much has happened for me to write about and I am very much missing my Economist subscription (incidentally there was a very good round up of the Arab uprising in last week’s edition). ‘What?’ I hear […]

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