The Eurosceptics’ rise: my personal timeline
medium.com
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In 2007 I tangled with the UK’s Eurosceptic movement when it was nothing more than a lunatic fringe. Post-Brexit, Welcome to the New Normal.

Yes, There IS EU Propaganda In Schools, And It’s Worse Than You Think
www.breitbart.com
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Yes. The Cult committee. That’s what the European Parliament calls their Committee on Culture and Education. - Yes, There IS EU Propaganda In Schools, And It’s Worse Than You Think

It’s the failure to admit failure that fuels conspiracy theories
www.opendemocracy.net
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If understanding the reasons why people believe in conspiracy theories makes the authorities better communicators, or reveals unknown lines of questioning or thought, that is a gain, not a loss. - It’s the failure to admit failure that fuels conspiracy theories | openDemocracy

Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are” | British Politics and Policy at LSE
blogs.lse.ac.uk
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"Q. Is it realistic to think that a European public sphere could ever be created? TGA: My view is that we should try, but we shouldn’t ever kid ourselves that this is going to be like a national public sphere. Apart from anything else, we speak different languages, which is a huge barrier. The key for me, in continuing to make the argument for …

FactCheck EU or Grilling Kippers?
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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Better, perhaps, to ... get a proper culture of factchecking started for EU affairs, with crowdsourcing tools allowing anyone to check any statement... And, lo and behold, FactCheckEU launched a few days ago.

Facebook Hilariously Debunks Princeton Study Saying It Will Lose 80% Of Users
techcrunch.com
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There’s nothing more devastating than a rigorous debunk sprinkled liberally with acid. A model to keep in mind whenever setting the record straight: be entertaining.

Britain Needs to Go Beyond Its Inner Margaret Thatcher - Carnegie Europe
carnegieeurope.eu
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"Instead of leading on this issue as the European country that is best prepared to do so, Britain undermines what it likes most about the EU—the single market—by challenging one of its cornerstones—free movement of EU citizens."

22/01/2014
Unintentionally making the eurosceptics' argument
www.independent.co.uk
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A good pro-EU article ends with: "How dare these foreigners impose on us clean beaches, food labelling, consumer protection, lead-free petrol, road safety, access to healthcare abroad, cheaper mobile phone charges and real chocolate? ... If we want to bathe in sewage, landfill our countryside, guzzle mechanically recovered meat, and pay through t…

19/01/2014
Symbolic Crisis of the Euro
blogs.lse.ac.uk
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"One cultural tool for constructing Europe has been through official symbols aiming to emotionally strengthen citizens’ identification with basic values of the European project.... The fifth symbol is the euro, introduced in 2002. When trust in European institutions is shaking, so is the belief in those symbols and the identification of and with …

08/01/2014
CSU: EU bureaucrats need "withdrawal therapy"
www.thecommentator.com
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"Change of direction speaks volumes for change in German attitudes triggered by the euro crisis." ... Maybe some EU functionaries need to get out of their luxury offices now and then, and talk to the people. Then they'll be able to carry out policies which are rooted in practical life." - Key centre-Right German party adopts new hardline Eu…

08/01/2014
Can the European Center Hold?
www.nytimes.com
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Quote of the day: "rekindling enthusiasm for Europe with new banking regulations... is like boosting libido by reading the instructions on a packet of condoms" - Can the European Center Hold? - NYTimes.com

06/01/2014
If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating
www.nytimes.com
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Today's online news environment is ideal for spreading bullshit. As someone like HuffPo's Washington bureau chief puts it: “If you throw something up without fact-checking it, and you’re the first one to put it up, and you get millions and millions of views, and later it’s proved false, you still got those views. That’s a problem. The incentive…

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