Category: Europe

Fortress Europe?

Hazel Pennington
Domenico Lucano - Wikimedia commons CC SA-BY 4.0

Early in June this year, in the small town of Riace in Calabria, a delegation of three MEPs, activists and representatives of NGOs and other organisations presented a dossier illustrating the extent to which, at the borders of Fortress Europe, the humane treatment of refugees is being not just vilified but actually criminalised. Between January […]

Of Course I’m a European – A Poem by William Lewis

The Editor
William Lewis reading his Poem at Cheltenham for Europe's Europe Day - With permission from William

Of course I’m a European.How could I not be?You gave me language,Art, literature, poetry, music,Philosophy, science,Landscapes, food, friendships.It’s in me, all through me.The work of these EuropeansThey made me.Of course I’m a European.How could I not be? That’s not to deny the land I grew up in.The land my parents believed in, fought for,But I […]

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Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: What Is West England doing?

Julian Greenbank

Watching the Ukrainian refugee crisis unfold, I was reminded of Mr Rogers of American children’s television fame who said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’”. The War in Ukraine […]

A Faux Pas Too Far

Peter Burke

Boris Johnson excelled himself by comparing the UK and Ukraine. Whatever was he thinking? Is he really so indifferent to world opinion? Another take on this affair

Ukraine: Britain’s Responsibility

Joe Polson
Map of the British Polish Ukrainian Trilateral on Geostrategy - CC BY-SA 4.0

Fear. It’s perhaps the greatest word one could use to sum up Western foreign policy since the Second World War. It was a fear of the growing Soviet/Communist regimes throughout Eastern Europe, Asia and South America which dominated the agenda. This fear masks the fact that Britain has a responsibility to Ukraine. Since the fall […]

Murderer of Peace

Martin Griffiths

The invasion of Ukraine by Putin and Russian forces is not only a human tragedy caused by a desperate move by a desperate man, it has at last made Western and European democracies come together against a tyrant and totalitarian rulers such as Putin. It should remind everyone in the UK that being truly European […]

Brexit Opportunities Abound – Part 2

Peter Burke

Continuing the letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg, reminding him – he seems to need reminding – of the many new opportunities created by Brexit. Click here to read Part 1. Manufacturers and traders within the EU are seeing new opportunities. Because of non tariff barriers, their British exporting competitors are in many cases now priced out […]

The Week that Frost was Lost

Peter Burke

To lose one loyal but unpleasant supporter in a month may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. In 1830, The Times wrote of the recently departed King George IV: “There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than this deceased King. What eye has wept for him? What heart has […]

European Movement’s Day of Action

A reader writes...

On Saturday, as part of the European Movement’s Day of Action, members of Oxford for Europe gathered once again on Cornmarket to gauge the opinions of local people, on how they felt that Brexit was going. We asked people the following questions: Is Brexit good for the NHS? Is Brexit keeping up food supply and […]

On Another Planet

James Campbell

If Britain is “Global”, then it must be on some other planet, because it’s not “Global” here on Earth! Such is the feeling you get reading the contrasting accounts of the daily news from the British and European media. Since moving to Portugal at the end of 2020 I have seen first-hand how the UK […]

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Churchill called for a United Europe

Jon Danzig

Ed: Jon Danzig posts a daily video on the state of Britain. This one shows Sir Winston Churchill’s Zurich speech of 1946 proposing the formation of the “United States of Europe” and his grandson Nicholas Soames’ impassioned speech to Parliament in 2016 pleading for Britain to stay in Europe. It was 75 years ago today […]

NEUws from Elsewhere

Philip Cole

France: first the disturbing news More than a thousand mostly retired officers, including twenty generals, have published an open letter with a barely concealed call for a military coup in France, reports the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on 29 April. They want to prevent what they call the ‘disintegration’ of France. Only military ‘intervention’, they […]

Eurostar under Threat

Hazel Pennington

Write to us at editor@westenglandbylines.co.uk Could there be a better way to get to Europe than the Eurostar? It’s an easy journey from St Pancras to the heart of Paris (two hours twenty minutes) or Brussels (just over two hours). From there the whole of our endlessly fascinating continent, a cornucopia of landscapes, architecture, languages, climates, […]

No Way To Start A trade War

Peter Burke

Despite all the screamingly obvious evidence to the contrary, most of us hoped that by some miracle Brexit would turn out well. We still live in hope, but the chances are diminishing by the day. Some of what is happening was foreseeable, and some goes even further than the worst predictions of “project fear”

Changing approaches to European Integration: a view from Salisbury

Hadrian Cook

For some light holiday reading I purchased the Guardian on Saturday and the Observer on Sunday after Christmas.  I found it cathartic to move away from the epidemic towards something equally depressing.  I should first vent my frustration because I feel the present tricky position is relevant to all our futures. But don’t worry dear […]

Blue Passports and Narrowed Horizons

Aliye Cornish

Musicians are known for their versatility, and it’s clear that the profession will have to change in order to survive, in ways that remain to be seen. This is a real tragedy, not just for the loss to Britain’s previously-thriving cultural scene which was held in high regard internationally, but also for the fact that, like so many industries, the individuals who will be hit hardest are the ones who can least afford it.