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The EU, the British media, the BBC, and “balance” NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
An email comes in – I thought I may as well turn the response into a post: “I’m a journalism student working on an article about British press coverage of the EU. I’m particularly interested in the spiral of scant … Con...
If I were to write a post about the Ukraine situation this evening, it’d be much like this NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours ago
Putin’s willy-waving shows his failure – Russia is not an attractive option. He can only win friends by force. This is a sign of weakness, not strength. Good piece, worth a read.
If I were to write a post on the current Ukraine situation, this would be it NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Good stuff. Only thing I’d add is a general attack on a whole load of journalists and news organisations who should have known better than to repeat unverified information and allegations from blatantly biased sources (on both sides) in an &hel...
What are the implications of the German Constitutional Court’s OMT ruling? NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The ruling – which happened only in the last few minutes – likely means that, until the European Court of Justice has made a final ruling (which could take months/years), the European Central Bank will be prevented from bailing out &helli...
Would you vote for a party with no stated policies or manifesto? NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
I mean yes, we know that in this era of coalitions and compromise, manifesto pledges are not what they once were. But it’s often in the details that you can get a proper grasp of what a party truly stands … Continue reading →...
Ukraine uprisings: News coverage of events in far-away lands, 2004 vs 2014 NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The pictures coming out of Kiev yesterday (decent galley here) gave me – and no doubt plenty of others – a bit of a flashback to November/December 2004′s Orange Revolution. The riots are in protest against the same president and &he...
The current state of French politics and its implications for the 2014 European Parliament elections NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
In an EU election year, the current polutics of France is always an important factor in predicting the futre makeup of the European Parliament. Not only is France one of the largest countries, so with one of the largest delegations … Continue...
How have the Euro and austerity affected economic recovery? NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
It’s an important question in a European Parliament election year – especially one where many seem to be planning on punishing the EU for the perceived failures of its leadership and conception during the Eurocrisis (even though, y’...
How to work out who to vote (and not vote) for in the 2014 European Parliament elections – Part 1 NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
No matter your political persuasion, this is not as easy a decision as you may think. I supposedly know my stuff on this, and I haven’t decided yet. First things first – what are we voting for? To answer this … Continue reading &ra...
Britain: Hiding under a duvet of doubt and debt NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Genuinely superb column by Mary Riddell in the Telegraph today. Read in full. Considering the Telegraph’s decades of hostility to the EU (it’s the paper that employs the hard anti-EU Tory Tea Partier Dan Hannan, after all, and owners the...
The EU and global economic growth / convergence NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
One of the criticisms that still gets leveled at the EU is that the Common Market is a rich kids club, and that the Common Agrigultural Policy and free movement of goods and services within the EU puts non-EU (and … Continue reading →...
Is there now a European Public Sphere? NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The lack of a clear public sphere or demos across the EU has long been used as a stick to beat down any suggestion that there could one day be proper pan-European democracy, as well as to decry the EU’s … Continue reading →...
Succinct dismissal of Michael Gove’s fatuous take on the First World War NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Sock it to ‘im, Prof Evans! http://zite.to/1cr5zxb “‘ How can you possibly claim that Britain was fighting for democracy and liberal values when the main ally was Tsarist Russia? That was a despotism that put Germany in the shade an...
Time to start stocking up on tinned food, firearms and ammo, folks! NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
George Soros is usually worth a read, even if you don’t agree with him. To mark the new year, he’s fired off a piece on The World Economy’s Shifting Challenges, which includes these gloriously optimistic passages: “Future [Eur...
Lessons from writing about the Habsburgs for writing about the EU NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
A review of a book I’ve been meaning to pick up (Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe,  by Simon Winder)  has some useful passages: “Austria-Hungary seems rarely to be taken seriously, appearing as ‘genial, backw...
Stiglitz on the failure of nations (and globalisation) NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Nicely depressing piece for the start of the year. “As in previous years, the fundamental problem haunting the global economy in 2013 remained a lack of global aggregate demand. This does not mean, of course, that there is an absence … C...
Background reading for a European Parliament election year NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
One of the more useful pieces I found over the festive period,  thanks to Craig Willy – a rare outsider to the European system who actually understands how it works, and as such an excellent guide who comes with limited … Continue r...
The Myth Of Western Civilization NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
What is ostensibly a review of Tony Judt’s astounding Postwar ends up something rather wonderful: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/12/the-myth-of-western-civilization/282704/ “Nations seem to require myth… the Europea...
Anaximander and the importance of finding new perspectives NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
From Jerry Brotton’s promising A History of the World in Twelve Maps (got for Christmas, currently reading, good so far, but too soon to properly rate it): “virtually all Greek wtiters point to Anaximander as the first thinker to provide...
New year, new attempt at blogging revival NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 1 Year, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Not sure what approach to take yet, but I don’t get to write as much in the day job as I’d like and an getting rusty. Will likely be a bit random to begin as I work it all out … Continue reading →...