Article of the Day: Jeremy Corbyn for UK Labour party leader? Blame the bankers

Jeremy Corbyn for UK Labour party leader? Blame the bankers The title of this article is very misleading and doesn’t accurately capture its true value. Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is an interesting one and indicative of a larger trend in Europe of extremisms coming to the fore. What’s very interesting about this development is how different […]

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Article of the Day: The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party

The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is quite an enigma. If he, as many anticipate, wins the internal election to become Labour leader, the perplexing MP from Islington North will be the newest in a series of far-left leaders rising to the top of his party […]

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Article of the Day: The Labour party is in mortal danger

The Labour party is in mortal danger The Labour leadership contest is quickly showing that the lesson of the past general election has not been internalized by many within the party. Ed Miliband’s personality may have committed to his downfall, but his overtly left-wing policies surly alienated many voters. By choosing Jeremy Corbyn, the minority […]

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My take on Scottish Independence

One of my earliest memories of school was my proud Scottish teacher making a 7-year-old me learn the de facto Scottish National Anthem “Oh flower of Scotland.” It was curious for a young boy in France to learn a song charged with national pride and independent sentiments.  That was very telling of the ethos of Scotland […]

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Ed Miliband, a British François Hollande?

An article last week in The Guardian argued that Britain under Ed Miliband would be similar, at least in substance, to France under François Hollande.  I think that claim is somewhat exaggerated.  Although Miliband is very open about his left-leaning stance, I don’t truly think the two are comparable simply as Miliband appears to have more […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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Cameron’s Juggle Continues

This piece is a follow up to an earlier post where I argued that David Cameron’s EU strategy involves a delicate juggling act that, so far, has led to few positive results for the UK or for the EU. As part of a large cabinet reshuffle yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed former Defense Secretary […]

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London VS Brussels: Media Edition

A report released today by the Migration Advisory Committee showed that EU migrant workers in the UK have contributed a total of £22bn to public finances, which is roughly equivalent to £2,732 per worker per year. Before I begin this post, I would like to quote directly from the findings of this report: “The evidence […]

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