Eyewitness to the impossible - a Norwegian perspective

What can we learn from Norway, one of Britain’s most steadfast friends and allies? Norway is one of a handful of European countries that has chosen not to join the EU. Jens Wilhelmsen,a Norwegian who spent his formative years in Germany and later Japan, will be leading a discussion on this theme and signing copies of his book 'Eyewitness to the Impossible'.

Launch of Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy conference in Caux

Mark Moody-Stuart TIGE 2016

Opening the Caux conference last night on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy, speakers Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, vice chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Laurence Cockcroft, co-founder of global anti-corruption coalition, Transparency International, talked about the corrosive effect of corruption on societies and on people’s trust in businesses.

Brexit highlights the need for a European ideal

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.

Turning this referendum into an invitation to formulate a new vision for a union of Europe

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.

Our European Grandfather

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.

What unites us is greater than what divides us, believed murdered British politician

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.

The British EU Referendum, 23 June

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

The EU vision – Back to basics

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.

Answering Europe's migrant crisis

John Bond

A million migrants reached Europe last year from the Middle East and Africa, half of them from Syria. A million more are expected this year. This will not stop until peace prevails in Syria and Iraq. People fleeing for their lives do not obey border controls. We Europeans need to do all we can to resolve the conflict. And we need to care for the refugees.

Somali British promote dialogue in London boroughs

Peace begins at home

Two ‘Peace Begins at Home’ intergenerational dialogue training workshops were conducted in north and east London where the summer 2011 riots started. The final session was filmed, with special guests Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock and the Speaker of Hackney Council, Michael Desmond.

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