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The English Left: A Tragedy of Our Insular Times

The English Left: A Tragedy of Our Insular Times

Despite its early 20th-century intellectual history, English thought never sought an impact outside Britain. In the 1930s, international battalions of the left flocked to Spain to join the fight against fascism. From France came figures like André Malraux, problematically the first tomb raider...

Brexit Talks Could Run Till 2020

Brexit Talks Could Run Till 2020

Will Brexit negotiations be over before the 2020 general election? Former Prime Minister John Bruton explains. The next general election in the United Kingdom will take place in 2020. If the Article 50 notice is served in 2017, it is possible that the process of UK withdrawal from the European...

Brexit Party Over, Hangover Sets In

Brexit Party Over, Hangover Sets In

Why are voters in the US and the UK abandoning “reality-based” politics? Because the elites who proclaim them abandoned the voters. It’s the morning after. The British have woken up, dazed and woozy. They’re not exactly sure what happened a few days ago. But one thing is clear: Their...

Why the British Said No to Europe

Why the British Said No to Europe

Pro-Brexit voters have struck a blow for real peace and democracy in Europe, says John Pilger. The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union (EU) was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their...

The World This Week: Brexit Ends UK’s Troubled Marriage With EU

The World This Week: Brexit Ends UK’s Troubled Marriage With EU

Angry alienated people and England’s public school elite combine to win the Brexit referendum, creating an existential crisis for the UK and the EU. On February 21, this author analyzed the United Kingdom’s tortuous relationship with the European Union (EU) and predicted that the referendum...

The UK-EU Separation: How Fast Does it Happen?

The UK-EU Separation: How Fast Does it Happen?

Up until the British rebuff on June 23, the EU had always been in expansion mode. The UK vote to leave the EU marks the first-ever case of this process being reversed. In the past, there have been a number of situations where a country could be outside the European Union (EU) legally,...

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

Does the Brexit Vote Mark the End of Internationalism?

Far-right nationalists and neoliberal capitalists will survive the demise of institutions like the EU. What about the rest of us? This week might represent the beginning of the end for international cooperation. All the treaties, alliances and unions that have incrementally strengthened the ties...

Britain Should Stay in the European Union

Britain Should Stay in the European Union

British voters should consider how they can make the European Union better, says former Prime Minister John Bruton. The fact that British voters are free to hold a referendum, and free to decide to leave the European Union (EU), shows that the EU is a voluntary union. It is not an empire that...

The Human Factor in the Politics of Fear

The Human Factor in the Politics of Fear

With Brexit looming amid the tragic death of a British MP, the political climate has turned ugly. We go through our daily lives, if not exactly forgetting the cruelties of injustice and grief that exist on every corner, but cushioned in our protective bubble of optimism that helps us deal with...

To Brexit or Not to Brexit?

To Brexit or Not to Brexit?

On June 23, the United Kingdom will vote on its membership in the European Union. Background When British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union (EU) in 2013, the possibility of a Brexit was distant and unrealistic. At the...

As Brexit Approaches, Europe’s Left is Divided

As Brexit Approaches, Europe’s Left is Divided

Can the EU still unite a continent shattered by world wars, or is it little more than a vehicle for austerity capitalism? The European Union (EU) is one of the premier trade organizations on the planet, with a collective gross domestic product (GDP) that surpasses the world’s largest national...

What Has the ECHR Ever Done for Us?

What Has the ECHR Ever Done for Us?

Even on the serious subject of Brexit, there is space for humor. The debate over the UK’s role in the European Union (EU) and its relationship with Brussels has been picking up speed as the date of the referendum approaches. Many in the leave camp believe that Britain would be stronger outside...

The Fuss About the UK Government’s EU Referendum Booklet

The Fuss About the UK Government’s EU Referendum Booklet

The EU will need to integrate much more closely if the dream of a United States of Europe is to ever come true. The long-awaited booklet from the British government on the forthcoming European Union (EU) referendum arrived recently in the post-boxes of 27 million households in the United...

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