Interview with former Greek ambassador was published in the New Statesman on 24 February, 2013. It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was […]Read more "Greece: “A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising”"
This satire was originally intended to be an April Fool’s story for the EUobserver, but due to some editorial hiccups, it was never published. I’d planned on putting it up here straight away, but the best laid plans of mice and men, etc., etc. Anyway, it seems it might still be worth a laugh given […]Read more "Brussels task-force exploring restoration of Greek monarchy"
Opinion piece originally published in the EUobserver on 30.11.11. Not everybody’s into techno music. Some folks are a little bit country; others a little bit rock and roll. But under what one Brussels wag recently called the EU’s ‘techno-party’ strategy – replacing elected representatives with technocrats and an end to consideration of fiscal policies by parliaments in favour […]Read more "The EU’s ‘techno party’ is hollowing out democracy"
Article originally published in Red Pepper in November, 2010. ‘Austerity strikes roil Europe’ – Christian Science Monitor; ‘Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe’ – Associated Press; ‘European cities hit by anti-austerity protests’ – BBC. From the nigh-on identical, panicked headlines that raced around the world on 29 September, the day of the pan-European day of action […]Read more "Getting off our knees?"