Monthly Archives: December 2011

A European Annapolis Convention?

(Apologies for the number of Wikipedia links, but this topic requires a certain amount of context.) In September 1786, a group of delegates from five of the newly-independent American states met in the city of Annapolis, Maryland, in what was … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great video… or *greatest* video?

So the technical quality is not the best – but seriously, if this is not the greatest thing ever, it’s definitely somewhere in the top 20. (From the Council of Europe website. Apparently produced by the CoE Information Office in … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cui bono? The budget impact of a British withdrawal from the EU

So David Cameron’s not-actually-a-veto at the European Council summit last week has reignited the eternal debate over what the United Kingdom actually wants to do with itself in the EU, or whether it would be better off leaving altogether. One … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dobrodošli, Hrvatska!

It’s quite noticeable that with the crisis, a lot of people have started throwing around more or less superficial ideas about how bad and expensive the EU is, and how much better things would be “if we just left” or … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A citizen’s guide to the Council meeting

So the European Council meeting is underway and in full swing; an important event that could decide the future of Europe for years to come. But it can all be a bit confusing. What is the European Council, anyway? Who … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why protectionism could ruin Norway’s Christmas

So the big story in today’s Danish media (okay, at least a story) is that Norway is running out of butter. Apparently, a combination of poor weather, higher than normal consumption, and possibly miscalculations on the part of the largest … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Six days and counting

Well, it’s December 2nd, and that means the quarterly meeting of the European Council in Brussels is now less than one week away. There is a lot depending on the outcome of this meeting; indeed, if a number of commentators … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment