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July 13, 2015 6 Comments

EU hopes what Alexis agreed, Athens will enact

Welcome to Brussels, the new joint capital of Greece, along with Berlin.

The deal announced this morning with not exactly much fanfare essentially takes control of much of the Greek “economy” into the hands of suits in Brussels and Germany. That is the price for Yet Another Bailout.

Juncker and Merkel saying early today they are confident Athens will do as it is told and as its own leader has negotiated.

So what about that referendum Alexis?

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July 12, 2015 4 Comments

Greece crisis: eurozone demands action, not words

“The most important currency has been lost,” remarked a rueful Angela Merkel on her way into the Eurozone talks today, “and that is trust.”

Greek crisis: an issue of “conditionality” (trust)

It is every bit as much about trust as about economics now. Of course, this being Brussels and this being the EU, nobody would ever use a word as straightforward as “trust”.

July 7, 2015 No Comments

7/7 : contemplation after a terrifying and confused day

Seeing our camera and tripod, tourists around St Paul’s and Aldgate constantly approach to ask what is going on. No need for any inquiries a decade ago as the streets fell empty.

July 6, 2015 3 Comments

Srebrenica massacre: the unfinished business

Nedzad Avdic survived the Srebrenica massacre that took the lives of 8,000 men and boys. In Serbia, denying his experience is the official policy in and out of schools.

July 1, 2015 4 Comments

Heatwave? It’s all Johnny Foreigner’s fault!

The tabs rave about hot air coming maliciously in ‘from the continent’ where ‘continental air pollution’ will be dragged here resulting in the current mass death threat.

June 18, 2015 3 Comments

Syria’s remaining hospitals under bombardment

It appears that the already severely degraded medical services available to civilians in Syria are diminishing fast under assault from barrel bombs.

June 15, 2015 6 Comments

Magna Carta was about money – it wasn’t about a ‘law for all’

A bunch of noblemen fed up with tax hikes under King John was the motive for the Magna Carter, not some overarching need to make the law work for all.

May 29, 2015 29 Comments

Denis O’Brien injunction: what damage to Irish democracy?

It is fundamental. It is the bedrock of any society claiming to be democratic. And in the Republic of Ireland it has been wiped away at a stroke.

May 20, 2015 1 Comment

Hatton Garden heist: two Brians and a building site

“You’d have vans coming and going at all hours,” says one elderly neighbour, looking out at the manor of Brians Reader – Senior and Junior – now cordoned by blue and

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