Friday, 24 June, 2016
Mike Smith

There needs to be a long period of salutary reflection following the UK's Brexit vote. There were clear regional differences. London voted 60 per cent in favour of Remain; Scotland and Northern Ireland also voted for Remain. The constitutional implications for the United Kingdom as a whole are now unclear. They and we Londoners have been overruled by large swathes of the rest of the UK. But what about the generational divide? Seventy-five per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain inside the EU, according to a YouGov poll. It is not surprising if the Millennial generation, decades younger than myself and who have grown up as member of the EU with all the internationalism that that implies, now feel overruled--betrayed even--by an older generation who voted for Brexit.

Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Séverine Chavanne

The media has provided us with plenty of opportunities to explore both the Remain and Leave arguments, especially in terms of economy, immigration and sovereignty, so I won’t revisit these over-discussed issues. Instead, I will highlight how the EU (and we, its citizens) have lost sight of its initial vision, and how it is not meeting our aspirations and on occasion making many of us, European citizens, unhappy with it as it is now. But I would also like to share how I feel the way forward is more – and different – union of Europe.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Charles Danguy

Charles Danguy from France has written this letter to his British friends, as we enter an important week for the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
Mike Smith

The murder in broad daylight of the 41-year-old British Labour MP Jo Cox has had the same psychological affect on us British as the mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando has had on the American people. Both have galvanized us in grief. Both have left us in tears. And angry that such atrocities can happen.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
John Bond

John Bond, responding to a request to write about why he is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union, recently had this article published online by Tandem publications

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
Howard Grace 2004

As we approach the EU referendum, most of the discussion focuses on what would benefit the UK. But what would be best for Europe, or the wider world? Howard Grace considers a European perspective.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
Mike Smith

Tackling the root causes of extremism of all kinds should be the number one priority of Initiatives of Change worldwide, says a recommendation from its International Council. Mike Smith reflects on this in relation to the global economy.

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016
Roddy Evans

Over Easter weekend 2016, a million citizens participated in and witnessed a rebirth of their nation. What follows is the story of how this extraordinary event came to pass.

Thursday, 14 April, 2016

It is easier, and more comfortable, to dismiss extremist views and if necessary to use force to eliminate those who hold them. This may sometimes be necessary, but it is no long-term answer.

Tuesday, 22 March, 2016
Howard Grace 2004

There are many factors which contribute to extremism. But one is the belief by some, from diverse religions, that by their actions they are serving God – and especially how they find authorisation for these actions in their scriptures.

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