The events surrounding the ill-advised push for Catalan independence from two years ago and the subsequent fallout, culminating in street violence last week, have been distressing; for Catalonia, for the rest of Spain and certainly for some of us who live and work in Barcelona. Continue reading Here’s why pardoning the Catalan separatists might work for all
In January 2019 there was a push from Jean-Claude Juncker to abolish the EU MS veto in the area of taxation policy(also). But this can be seen by countries such as Ireland and Luxembourg as an attack on their “sweetheart” tax status for companies. They will have another set of allies in this particular fight. Spain, who is one of the more trigger-happy veto members, will see it as undermining their status within the EU, as well as an attack on their constitution, founded strongly on a “unified” identity.
Brexit is ruining Britain. This should be unacceptable and something must change, fundamentally. Apart from wishful thinking of some hardliners, the rest of the sane world can see what damage is being caused. Continue reading Brexit is an almighty mess. Second referendum can provide remedy
Virtually everyone is in agreement about the importance of the next European parliamentary elections, scheduled for May 2019. Some even go as far as claiming that they could make or break Europe.
It is widely acknowledged that Europe is facing a number of formidable, sometimes unprecedented challenges. Rising inequality, terrorism, environmental concerns, crime, Brexit, fake news and immigration are some of the more pressing ones, according to both ordinary Europeans and political institutions. Continue reading Transnational political parties and movements could be the future for Europe
There is no end in sight to the Catalan crisis. Spain has a new prime minister, but progress is by no means assured. Continue reading What next for Catalonia?
The ‘historic’ meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un has made headlines around the world, but there are no cast-iron guarantees, and not even moderate ones, that something concrete will emerge as a result. Continue reading Deeds, not words