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European Conceptions

In History, Identity on May 11, 2011 at 11:27

There is widespread fear that Britain might become too closely engaged in European affairs.

A section in the guardian newspaper is titled World under which there are more subsections. One of them carries the title Europe. It is the conception of Europe within the mainstream English media, that the UK is not a part of the EU and of Europe as a continent. Given the flaws built in the EU constitution this seems rather logic. However, there still linger some suspicion that the British are rather quite pleased that they are living on an island just off the coast of mainland Europe. Just so they can tell themselves that they are not a part of this funny old continent.

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The Age of Civic/Civil Protest/Unrest

In History, Identity on March 23, 2011 at 13:10

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in autumn 1989 the world was never going to be the same. Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the end of history. That this was not the case is obvious. What has followed between 1990 and 1999 could be argued as being an interregnum. What started with the protests at the WTO Conference in Seattle in 1999 has been repeated ever since: Glenneagles, Gothenburg, Genoa, Heiligendamm…The places changed, the scenes were almost always the same. Heavily guarded politicians, riot police and a huge crowd of protesters.

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