When we look at the history of what is now the European Union, but may one day be a more ambitious federation or confederation, it often seems that the present is where we begin and end our knowledge and opinions. At present some of the political stability in […]
I am a social anthropologist who specialises in the human rights of children. In practice I have worked on the street with 'street children', child labour, young migrants, young people with HIV and AIDS. My work has taken me to around 40 countries, most of them developing nations, at least four of them have been in a state of conflict or war, thus taking me to the front line in two. My theoretical work began with migration; I have worked on, written and published on citizenship and generally best know as an 'expert' on the human rights of children. I have a broad knowledge of human and civil rights for all ages, environmental issues and have been politically active most of my life. I am an internationalist and supporter of the principle of European federalisation.
Here in the Europa United world we appear more than a little preoccupied with Brexit. It is not the only game in town, well, more precisely in the EU, but it feeds back and forth and interweaves itself in the bigger picture. There are problems with democratic processes […]
On 12 December I wrote a piece recently on Europa United that described what I considered to be Theresa Mays’ ‘Neville Chamberlain’ moment’. By the end of that week the minority party supporting the Conservative government spoke out on behalf of Northern Ireland to demand changes to what […]
On 4 December 2017 Theresa May just had her 30 September 1938 Neville Chamberlain moment. Instead of having a piece of meaningless paper to flap about, her version of the Munich Agreement that was supposed to be a settlement permitting Nazi Germany’s annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia, but pretending some other random […]
The UK government is treating Ireland like a place out of which Paddy and Mick emerge from the bog, uneducated and acting rather like the characters in Spike Milligan’s ‘Puckoon’. That has only ever been a caricature of the Irish. Now they are a cosmopolitan, increasingly secular, well educated […]
There is a Russian proverb, Говоришь по секрету, пойдет по всему свету that translates as ‘nothing is as burdensome as a secret’. To that end Russia is gathering as many secrets from the west as it can then relieving us of the burden by telling all. At least, […]
The events in Catalunya over recent weeks have made muted headlines here in France. It began when French President Emmanuel Macron said that he has confidence in Mariano Rajoy’s determination to defend the interests of all of Spain. He added he saw Spain as a partner of and […]