Last week I saw a production of Sophocles’ Antigone at the National Theatre in London and it struck me that the play echoed dangerously in today’s Greece, especially if thought through Hegel’s reading of the play.
With Ireland going to the vote today and Greece on June the 17th, David Bowden argues that those who call for a more technocratic (and less Democratic) European Union are the real problem with Europe. We need to be serious about holding the EU to account for the mess that we’re in today.
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It’s hard to keep abreast of events in Europe, even earth-shattering ones such as the Brussels summit, from across the Atlantic. Then again, this might help you put things in perspective: the Washington Post put its account of the summit on page 19 today. The divorce of the UK from the rest of Europe does not merit a TV headline. The America media are far more interested in Mitt Romney’s $10,000 gaffe in the Republican presidential contenders’ debate last night than in how the country’s economy might be affected by the decisions in Brussels.
I have written about the eurozone crisis for the fourth or fifth week running in The Independent on Sunday. The case can be made that this stuff is important. I thought David Cameron did as well as he could in his talks with Angela Merkel last week, but the situation seems pretty grim.
He seems a [...]
This year’s European Union-China summit in Tianjin has been postponed. But when it does take place, the summit will take place against a backdrop of worries about the euro, violent protests on the streets of Athens, hotly disputed EU airfare taxes, and calls for labour strikes in Portugal. While such events might seem unrelated to the summit, they feed into three myths about EU-China relations that should form the basis of discussions at the summit in Tianjin.
The benefits, both from trade and migration, are not just marginal or “nice-to-have”. For a small, open, service-based economy like the UK, they are essential to any growth strategy worthy of the name.
Over the last week there has been growing political pressure to review the Schengen system of open internal borders inside the Continental EU. President Sarkozy led the call, reacting to the appearance in Italy of thousands of Tunisians, irregular migrants escaping the instability in North Africa. They arrived in Italy due to the relative [...]
Those meddling EU folk – at it again. So says UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall, no doubt an expert on matters involving all things fashion, advertising and Eating Disordered behaviours. Course.
Last week, he spoke about the recent Juvin Report, which outlined recommendations for larger models to be used extensively across advertising campaigns, and with support of [...]
No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer. We say no to oppressive doctrines or laws which limit the freedom of individuals.
The European Convention on Human Rights is the basis for our rights and freedoms. Crucially, [...]
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