National Brands Are Fine; Just Don’t Believe Them

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The standout exceptions to the international commercial failure of European TV and film are Britain and Scandinavia. A key for them both is their national brands. If you see a Danish crime drama such as The Bridge, you know you will get sleek interiors,…

Greek remedy ahead of Brexit vote

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Three little words are playing an outsized role in the future of Europe. An opt-out from “ever-closer union” – which has featured in every EU treaty since 1957 – is one of David Cameron’s four main demands for change in the UK’s participation in…

Did Barroso Help the EU in Britain?

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There are too few EU representatives on British television, so it was good to seeoutgoing Commission President José Manuel Barroso putting in an appearance on the Andrew Marr show in October. Barroso highlighted the EU push for a transatlantic trade deal; said Britain is stronger…

Juncker to EU Commissioners: End “more Europe”

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Little noticed in Jean-Claude Juncker’s mission letters to his Commissioner-candidates is some surprisingly bold language, which seems to swap federalists’ mantra of “more Europe” for “Europe, when nothing else will do”. The wording is important because of the recent debate over the EU’s pursuit of “ever-closer…

Independence: Who’s Next?

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A few weeks after Scots came close to breaking up the United Kingdom, Belgium will likely get a federal government that for the first time includes Flemish nationalists. Will Belgium be the next to flirt with a breakup? There are good reasons why it…

Blair promotes British role in EU

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The terms of Britain’s endless discussion over the EU are generally set by the anti-EU camp, which cooks up false accounts of the cost of membership and makes vague, indignant assertions over the loss of national sovereignty. Though their policies would be disastrous for…