Illiberal Democracy? No thank-you. We’re literate not illiterate.

Some where, far, far away in a town no where near western Europe a person coined the phrase “illiberal democracy”. It sounds clever. It sounds learned. It sounds credible. A legitimate, benign alternative to the liberal democracies built up in post-war western Europe. It is not. Illiberal democracy is neither learned, nor legitimate and it …

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Has BoJo helped Cameron find his mojo? EU Perspective investigates.

Kathleen Garnett What a good thing BoJo decided to head the leave campaign this week-end because in doing so Cameron has finally found his mojo. Only last week euperspectives was beginning to wonder whether Cameron was about to flunk his exam in European Law and Politics. Well, he didn’t exactly pass with flying colours (more …

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Welcome to Brussels Mr Cameron.

Kathleen Garnett Forget the expensive Eton education or the days studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. Cameron's real education begins this week.  In Brussels. The assertion that Cameron was more interested in buttering up his Bullingdon buddies to help pave the way for future office when in Oxford rather than swotting in his college …

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Modern cases of food adulteration in Europe: Industry driven. State sanctioned.

The man who robs a fellow subject of a few shillings on the highway is sentenced to death but he who distributes a slow poison to the whole community escapes unpunished, Frederick Accum, 1820. Kathleen Garnett The very earliest laws designed to curtail the adulteration of food typically (though not exclusively) focused on just a handful of …

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Silicon Valley’s Myths: How Palo Alto operates a global black market racket

The ideological debate between communism and capitalism that so defined and shaped the twentieth century was convincingly won by the west when the Soviet Union collapsed towards the end of the twentieth century. Looming over the horizon is yet another threat to our understanding of running the free market though, ironically, the threat this time …

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Over funded. Over staffed and over here. Washington’s right-wing media takes root in Europe

You’ve got to admire the Americans and their can-do attitude. Europeans simply pale in comparison. For years national media conglomerates from across Europe have been trying to establish a viable market for EU news. The greatest challenge to any media seeking to cover EU affairs and break even? Bursting out of the “Brussels Bubble” and …

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