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Switzerland's misleading model NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The EU helps Eurosceptics when it allows Switzerland to be in the EU while pretending to be outside of it.Last week, when Dutch Eurosceptic politician Geert Wilders unveiled a much-anticipated 'nexit study' (Netherlands exit from the EU), Switze...
Quebec: no need for readmission NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Given that it is the only significant independence movement in the developed world outside Europe, the cause of Quebec secession is often used as an example in discussions of separatism in the European context. And so it was perhaps not surprising th...
International nationalists NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The far right has a poor history of working together in international forums. An alliance brokered by Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen is seeking to reverse that trend."There is nothing harder to set up than a nationalists' international," wrote ...
EU citizenship for sale NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes ago
As the holder of an EU passport through some arcane and perhaps undeserved reasons, I’m often asked by my fellow Americans how they too can get in on this European action. For me it’s been an incredible asset, to hold both EU and American...
Torch the rainbow NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
A monument to peace displayed by Poland outside the European Parliament during that country's presidency of the EU was burnt to the ground last night in Warsaw.Chalk it up to some very unfortunate timing. Yesterday, as delegates arrived for this...
Eastern enthusiasm NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
A visit to Lithuania this week showed me how history and geography make such a difference to attitudes toward the EU.Lithuania is a land in between. Part of the Soviet Union until just two decades ago, it today finds itself sandwiched between two dan...
Immigrant-on-immigrant xenophobia NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days ago
Italians were shocked yesterday to learn that a Northern Italian teenager who had recently gone to the UK to study and find work had been beaten to death over the weekend. Joele Leotta, 19, was brutally attacked by a group of young men...
Toilet humour NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
British MEPs and their national press were on pun overload this week after they learned that in the coming days the EU is going to set the criteria for which toilets can receive a special ‘ecolabel' based on using less water in a flush. Th...
Dutch rally round ‘right to be racist’ NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 59 Minutes ago
It’s that time of year again. The stockings are being hung by the chimney with care, the hot wine stands are setting up shop, and of course, the Dutch have begun putting on their blackface, big red lips and afro wigs. It’s time again for...
How small is too small? NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Yesterday the citizens of San Marino voted on becoming an EU member state. But is that even possible? As Brussels braces itself for the inevitable disappointment of a referendum on EU accession in Iceland, when or if that ever takes place, it wi...
The car chancellor NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 6 Months, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Allegations of nefarious influence have abounded this week in Brussels, with German chancellor Angela Merkel accused of controlling the Council of Ministers, and automaker BMW accused of controlling her.So who's really pulling the strings? And how di...
Vapers win the battle, but not yet the war NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Despite the message being sent today by Europe's media, the e-cigarette war is not over. Chalk it up to an oft-repeated confusion about EU policymaking.Following today's vote on new EU tobacco rules in the European Parliament, a wave of jubilati...
Total recall NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Months, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The UK is set to enact a right to recall elected politicians in the coming months. But the American example should shows this may not be the boon to democracy it appears.Recently, the disgraceful tale of a Scottish politician refusing to resign in th...
The pan-sceptic ticket NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Months, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
I was a bit taken aback on Wednesday when, during his response to President Barroso's State of the European Union speech in Strasbourg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage devoted almost the entirety of his speech not to warnings about the creeping Europea...
Selling the parliament NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
For any journalist who has previously covered the start of a national election, today's launch of the 2014 European Parliament elections was a different sort of animal. As I sat in today's launch in Strasbourg and watched the promotional video,&...
Emotional debate NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
I'm on the train to Strasbourg this morning, ready for a busy week including the European Commission president's annual ‘state of the union' address and a controversial proposal on bank supervision.But what I'll be watching most closely is Wedn...
Timetable diplomacy NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
It's crunch time ahead of this month's make-or-break annual summit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).If no deal on aviation emissions can be reached at this summit, starting on 24 September, the EU and its large global partners...
Ins and outs NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 8 Months, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
As the British seek new EU opt-outs, Danes will likely vote to end theirs.Over the past several years, as UKprime minister David Cameron has taken his country further and further toward the EU exit door, he has been keen to stress that the UK is not...
Russia's '1936 games'? NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 8 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Relations between the United States and Russia seemed to hit a post-cold-war low this week when president Barack Obama cancelled a bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin ahead of next month's G20 summit in St. Petersburg. After years of tension o...
The sandwich protest NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 9 Months, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
One of the favourite pastimes of interns in Brussels is to go ‘pluxing' on Thursday nights – outdoor drinking at Place du Luxembourg.As they sip (or gulp) their two-for-one happy hour beers, these young, wide-eyed new arrivals...