What on Earth?

Last week (16/05/19) The Economist newspaper published an article titled: “The second-biggest democratic show on Earth”. Presumably The Economist (TE from here on) ranks the EU second only to India in the scale of its electorate but we don’t believe it belongs in the same division in terms of democracy. TE is reliably pro-EU, though … More What on Earth?

Themes-8: Economics-2

In August last year we published a two-part review of Collapse: Europe after the European Union by Ian Kearns. Although an EU enthusiast Kearns fears for its future unless serious reforms are undertaken. We don’t share his enthusiasm and question some of his assumptions but we agree with much of his analysis, if not his … More Themes-8: Economics-2


Last September we published a post (Expensives) covering a report by EUObserver on how the EU (in particular its parliament) had refused them access to documents relating to discussions of MEP’s expenses. Now the EU’s Ombudsman (a woman) has given her view on the controversy; for this post we have drawn on a follow-up report … More Expensives-2