My democratic journey

I have no vote in UK elections therefore was not entitled to vote in the recent EU referendum even though the result of that vote had the potential to drastically alter my life as a British expat based elsewhere in the EU. I was therefore on the side of Remain but what could I do…

Don’t mention the S-word!

On April 18th I wrote: One thing which you can talk about in Denmark but which you can’t in the UK is the issue of making decisions on the basis of a wider social solidarity. The anti-EU movement in Denmark is born out of fear of losing the solidarity of high environmental and worker safeguards…

EU: a brake on democracy?

The intellectual arm of the Leave campaign seems to be focused on the issue of democracy. Articles such as this one emphasise the democratic deficit aspect of the EU in the UK. More than this, the article paints a very dull and sclerotic picture of democracy in the UK which would flourish only if the…

The EU Twitter Challenge

Get ready for the EU referendum by taking this series of Twitter Challenges. Follow me on Twitter @foxdenuk and take a series of challenges. We start on Monday 23rd May. There will be 10 challenges with a few bonus challenges if events warrant it. Meet the challenge by replying to my tweets with your answers….

More dialogue please!

According to an analysis of the  online debate about the UK referendum on the EU, the two opposing sides are only talking to their followers and not engaging with each other. When you only talk to like-minded people, you tend to dehumanise the other side and the tone gets worse and worse. And I must…

Dialogue as a way forward

Did you know there was a difference between debate and dialogue? In debates you are usually trying to score points off your opponent and win the debate, whereas in dialogue you are trying to build your own understanding by building bridges to the contribution made by the other person in the discussion.

Free EU course!

Join me in this free 4-week course. Polls seem to indicate that voters in the UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU do not feel well-informed about the issues so this course is an attempt to remedy that. The course is free but there are a very limited number of places so it will…

BREXIT and Denmark to follow?

The anti-EU organisation in Denmark is very excited about the possibility of Brexit.  Should the UK vote out then the anti-EU forces in Denmark will use that as a lever to push for a Danish referendum. I know this because I attended a meeting of the Danish anti-EU party last week. The agenda consisted of two…

Free book on BREXIT

I am on the Remain side of the EU referendum but I do recognise that the issues are not clear cut. For example, I could wish for much more democracy within the EU. Having decided to marshal my arguments I am looking at many different sources of information. One that is incredibly useful and free…

Voting to leave is voting to break-up

So almost a week ago I warned that I would be a EU bore until June 23rd. Since then I have indeed done a lot of reading and posting and thinking. And I’ve moved on a few things. I realise now that a UK vote to leave is most likely to lead to the break-up…