Reflections: Where are we now, and what will 2018 bring for Brexit?

It’s been a year and a half since June 2016 now. For Remainers, the pain of the referendum result is still fresh. I often wonder if Leavers still feel their triumph as vividly, with the same excitement, as they did that June morning. I know some Leavers, in my real life, but they’re mostly people…

A Song For Europe – Madeleina Kay

When I first interviewed Madeleina Kay, she was yet to become ‘EU Supergirl’ though she was certainly a leading pro-EU figure with her Letters2EU project and Alba Whitewolf books and illustrations. When I first interviewed Peter Cook, he was already leading the musical resistance to Brexit. The two combined for the Rage Against the Brexit Machine…

No, Jeremy Corbyn! The latest release in the musical fight against Brexit.

I’ve interviewed both Peter Cook and Madeleina Key for Conversations with Europe over the last few months. As two of the most high profile and creative pro-EU campaigners at the present time, it was inevitable that I’d soon be chatting to them about a joint project. RAGE Against the Brexit Machine, which I’ve also written…

Conversation #17: Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner is one of the many pro-EU folk I’ve met through my social media activity – and I really appreciate his enthusiasm to express his thoughts about Europe through this interview – one of the keenest interviewees I’ve had to date. Active with Manchester for Europe, this is the perfect time to share his…

Conversation #16: Yannis Karamitsios

Yannis Karamitsios was born in 1970, in Thessaloniki, Greece. He attended the German High School of Thessaloniki. He studied Law at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki and then European Law at the Europa Institut of Saarbrucken, Germany. He worked for several years as election observer and human rights officer for the missions of OSCE (Organization…

Conversation #15: Ciarán Hanna

I’m delighted to share my recent interview with Ciarán Hanna, Deputy Chair of European Movement in Northern Ireland. From Northern Ireland, but having lived in Poland and France, and studied European Studies, Ciarán was keen to share his thoughts. Before we get to the interview, a word about The European Movement Northern Ireland: The European Movement is a…

“Because We’re Still European”: Club Europ Express, Brighton.

Because We’re Still European is the slogan of Club Europ Express, a cultural project based in Brighton. An ongoing theme of this blog has become how music, culture, the arts, and the conversations they inspire, are some of the strongest connections across the continent. This was so before the Brexit referendum. Those connections are now…

Conversation #14: Marek Kohn

Photo credit: Monika Stachyra Marek Kohn is a British author and journalist. Much of his work is about the implications of scientific thinking in relation to human nature and society; his books exploring these themes include A Reason for Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination; As We Know It: Coming to Terms with an Evolved…

Daniel Barenboim at the BBC Proms

This blog is all about conversations. And it was a conversation during the working day today – in my day job in a museum – when one of our volunteers, Rosemarie, told me I needed to listen to Daniel Barenboim‘s speech at the BBC Proms. I’m known for my views about, and engagement with, Europe…

Retaining European Citizenship

One of the delights of this blog, and the related social media, is the growing network of Europeans I am interacting with. Just last week, on Twitter, I was invited to attend European Citizenship: A Conversation, held at the Nottingham Contemporary. Conveniently, this is less than two minutes from where I work three days a…