Behind The Lines

“I’ve applied for Irish citizenship.” Pre-Brexit, this would have been amazing to hear in a cut-glass accent by a late-middle-aged upper-class British woman. But Brexit was looming and she didn’t want any hassle commuting to her country home, in France. (More…)

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Nord Stream 2 is going ahead. Last Wednesday, after two and a half years of delay, Denmark’s government gave permission for a section of the natural gas pipeline to pass through its exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea.  (More…)

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When EU leaders declined to start the accession process for North Macedonia and Albania, it was French President Emmanuel Macron who was singled out as the spoiler. (More…)

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I’ve never gotten the hang of taking trains in Germany. I avoid using them whenever possible. (More…)

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Greenland briefly bubbled up into the global consciousness this summer when Donald Trump’s offer to purchase the country was quickly dismissed as “absurd” by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. (More…)

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A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of populism. Frequently used as a synonym for fascism, it is not as consistent as the press would have it. Especially behind the former Iron Curtain. (More…)

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In a development that is very much emblematic of the state of politics in Europe, Spain is spiralling toward another round of elections to be held in the second week of November. (More…)

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“He’s going to save Israel from the Europeans.” So said my late aunt, handing me a photocopy of something written by its new ambassador to the UN. “Netanyahu speaks the truth.” (More…)

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Haringey Green Lanes is not a long way from Westminster. It’s less than an hour’s drive. But it might as well take several hours. (More…)

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