Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

June 2, 2012
by Nosemonkey
Comments Off on Some ideas for improving Britain’s relations with Europe

The Economist’s Political Editor David Rennie – erstwhile Charlemagne, and before that the Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent – is the single most consistently interesting and insightful commentator on EU affairs in the British Media. And other media, for that matter.

So you can imagine my geeky joy at discovering he’s written a 20,000 word analysis of the Anglo-European relationship just in time for a long Bank Holiday weekend. He provides an introduction/summary here – if you follow this blog you really should go read. Eurogeek heaven.

May 29, 2012
by Nosemonkey
Comments Off on Germany’s economic ideology

Germany’s economic ideology

Long, catchily-titled briefing paper from the European Council on Foreign Relations looks to be well worth a read in full as we start heading towards next year’s German federal elections amidst ever-increasing frustration with Merkel’s apparent lack of flexibility on … Continue reading

May 27, 2012
by Nosemonkey
Comments Off on A right-wing American history of the euro

A right-wing American take on the history of the EU and euro with which I don’t entirely agree. Except on this point – it’s mostly France’s fault, and mostly due to French national interest. (Which was why the Americans wanted Britain to join and be active in the first place, of course – to keep France in check…)

The question is, following this hypothesis, can the new French president change this pattern of repeated slow failure? Worth a read, if you’re not familiar with the classic US take on the EU.

January 5, 2012
by Nosemonkey

The euro crisis

Site’s still screwed (some kind of issue in the database, by the look of things – a legacy of this place having been around too long), but thought I’d try and cobble something together, what with 2011 – with just … Continue reading