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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

Greek opposition to NATO extending to Macedonia (sorry, FYROM) draws, like Serbia’s stance on Kosovo, on the historical mythmaking of communities that claim to have suffered the indignity of occupation by the Ottomans (an experience often portrayed in that part of the world as much worse than it really was). The Greek attitude fully exploits… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill

It helps to understand the differences in European values and attitudes by thinking in geographical terms, what I call the ‘Macro-Divides’. There are at least three: the Island-Continent Divide, the East-West Divide and, for want of a better description, the ‘South-North Incline’. The Island-Continent Divide is the most obvious, especially on the British/Irish side! There… » read more

Posted by Richard Hill