Tag Archives: EU

What’s Spanish for Deja Vu?

A Royal Navy warship is to pay a “routine” visit to Gibraltar, the UK government has said, amid a continuing row with Spain over border checks. Relations between Gibraltar and Spain have deteriorated in recent weeks. But the Ministry of Defence said the visit was “long-planned” and one of many “regular and routine deployments”. HMS […]

What’s left out

In a his excellent The World Is Not Enough blog, Charles Richardson comments on an essay by Israeli journalist Yossi Gurvitz.  Gurvitz’s essay applies the analogy of Germans expelled from the Sudetenland, Silesia, Prussia etc after 1945 to the Palestinians expelled from Israel in 1947-48. As Charles notes, it is a revealing analogy. But revealing not […]

Imperialism, it is what rulerships do

I came across (via) this very silly statement: The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome … That would be news to the Persians, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Egyptians, the House of Ur, the Gutians, the Akkadians, the … And that is just the Middle East. When revenue was […]

BungaBusta!

Italy has had the rating of its creditworthiness cut, the latest move in the European debt crisis. Standard and Poor’s cut its rating by one level to A from A+, and said the outlook remained negative. The agency said weak growth may limit Rome’s ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order. […]