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The revelation that Greece had been fiddling the accounts for so long prompted one of its citizens to exclaim to a reporter that “we gave the world democracy, and we expect the European Union to support us!” Yes, well… If the democracy we’re living with today is anything to go by, we don’t have much… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill

The national political establishments find many ways to undermine the strenuous efforts made by the European Parliament to grab the attention of Europe’s publics: gerrymandering the candidate lists, putting forward ‘safe’ people who will not challenge positions back home, and so on. On top of this, there is every sign that, out of disenchantment with… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill

The European Parliament seems to deny (or confirm?) one of the laws of physics. The more influential it becomes as part of the EU democratic process, the less meaningful it is to the man or woman-in-the-street (a down-to-earth version of ‘the European citizen’). The latest Eurobarometer poll suggests that only 34% of the European electorate… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill

George W Bush is reputed to have said that the French don’t have a word for ‘entrepreneur’. Whether he said it or not – probably not – the assertion contains a grain of truth. In its strictest sense the French word means a contractor, possibly a businessman, but does not convey the idea of a… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill