• Is the "Swedish free school model" a good one?

    By on Dec. 9, 2010
    Governments often use “success stories” from other countries as an argument when it suits their national agenda. Sometimes the reality of the success story is however questionable. Recently the new British Conservative Government created a free school status allowing parents and private groups to create and organise schools besides the state school system.
  • Wikileaks and the not so special relationship UK-US

    By on Dec. 4, 2010
    Time to revise down aspirations? The "Special relationship" One of the key elements of the British national psyche, which helps Brits to feel different from their "European" counterparts, is the "Special relationship" Britain is said to enjoy with the USA. For many Brits, a Union with other Europeans does not make sense when Britain is side by side with the world super power... well sort of.
  • Wikileaks revelations on the Spanish agenda for the EU-US summit

    By on Dec. 4, 2010
    "The Spanish Presidency has tried to generate “confidence and unity” in the EU"... except when my PR campaign took precedence. In the mass of Wikileaks revelations, one gave a glimpse of the bare reality of the lack of solidarity between EU states. European Heads of States usually praise the EU project in public, but they often find more important to defend their own little agenda in practice.
  • 99% of people want Britain out of the EU? Daily Express North Korea’s style polling

    By on Nov. 29, 2010
    “ "An exclusive poll conducted on the first day of our crusade showed an astonishing 99 per cent of people agree we should quit the European Union." The Daily Express has launched a “crusade” to get Britain out of "Europe" (sic). These kinds of campaigns are common in tabloids who always boast incredible support. In this case The Daily Mail claimed a support of 99% from a poll. Gosh!
  • Mentioning the Second World War is no laughing matter… except in Britain

    By on Nov. 25, 2010
    The UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom was yesterday expelled from the European Parliament. In a debate on the current Iris bailout, he marked his opposition to the speech of German MEP Martin Schultz (leader of the European social democrats) with the jibe “Ein volk, ein Reich, ein fuhrer” (one people, one empire, one guide, the slogan of Nazi Germany).
  • Eurosceptics blame the euro for the Irish crisis

    By on Nov. 24, 2010
    Eurosceptics hate the euro per se and with the Irish crisis, they found another opportunity to blame it. This time it is accused of being the cause of the current Irish woes. Here is the argument put against the euro: the low interest rates of the Eurozone fostered the housing bubble which is at the root of the Irish crisis.
  • Ireland, bailout and latest cafebabel.com blog 'Euromyths'

    By on Nov. 22, 2010
    Once again the presentation in the media of the financial rescue package of a eurozone country is plainly wrong. The so-called 'bailout' does not consist in a gift of capital to Ireland, and taxpayers are most likely not to pay anything as a consequence. Extract from cafebabel.com's blog in the dock
  • The weak pound fostering an export led growth, another anti-euro myth

    By on Nov. 22, 2010
    The pound de facto devaluation vs the euro British citizens are feeling the pinch of the weak pound when travelling abroad, foreign goods have become more expensive at home and British firms find harder to attract good candidates from the Continent. But the British public has been told that all it is for the greater good. Thankfully the UK was not in the euro!
  • A blog to help restoring sanity in the European debate

    By on Nov. 22, 2010
    Is the EU going to rename the English Channel the Anglo-French pond? Is the EU going to ban British double decker buses? Is the EU going to forbid eggs to be sold by the dozens? Is the EU going to ban French cheese? Is the EU going to impose legalisation of abortion in Ireland? No, no, no... and no. Though these assertions were published in the European press.
  • European taxpayers are going to pay to bail out Ireland... Not

    By on Nov. 22, 2010
    "British taxpayers face a multimillion pound bill to help bail out Ireland" (The Guardian) Once again the presentation in the media of the financial rescue package of a Eurozone country is plainly wrong. The so called "bail out" does not consist in a gift of capital to Ireland, and taxpayers are most likely not to pay anything as a consequence.