Europe



A crisis of confidence in the European project

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Greece is in a mess primarily because successive Greek governments failed to take the tough measures necessary to modernise the country’s economy and institutions. If the country was not in the eurozone then it could have taken radical steps of its own to correct mistakes of the past just as the United Kingdom did following… Read More »


Commonwealth Delusion Threatens Britain’s Future in Europe

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It is said that men tire of the good and afflict themselves with the bad. Directionless restlessness is a fundamental characteristic of all body politics and nowhere has this been more evident than in the narrowly defeated referendum on Scottish Independence where the desire for “change” with the existing system was frequently raised in support… Read More »



UK Schengen Opt-out Bad for British Business

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Those who plan for a city to achieve great empire ought with all industry to endeavour to make it full of inhabitants, for without this abundance of men, one can never succeed in making a city great.  Niccolò Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy In Discourses on Livy, Niccolo Machiavelli analyzed the writings of the early Roman… Read More »


Running Slow and Falling Behind: British High Speed Rail

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Britain is the global laggard in developing its high-speed rail (HSR) network. Currently the United Kingdom has a total HSR track length of 113 km compared with 3,100 km in Spain, 2,388 km in Japan, 2,037 km in France, 1105 km in Germany and 926 km in Italy. The true leviathan in developing a comprehensive,… Read More »



Why EU support is vital for SMEs in Wales

Ninety nine percent of businesses in Wales are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the EU plays a major role in supporting these companies by providing funding through a wide range of programmes to help develop a skilled workforce and create new and innovative products. SMEs can receive Structural Funding, apply for research and… Read More »


EU Growth Commissioner for Trade, Jobs and Innovation

It’s rarely heard against the back-drop of a Eurosceptic media. But the whispers are getting loud-er. Playing an active part in the European Union is important. For Wales, it is vital to our future economic prosperity. There is certainly scope for reform, but the economic case alone is overwhelming. Being part of the EU gives… Read More »