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The Irish Slave Mind

Given some recent conversations on ASF I thought this article might be of interest to a number of readers. It discusses the much vexed issue of the Irish “slave mentality”, the aberrant mindset found in a … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 19 Comments

Europe’s Democratic Tide

Quick post to highlight a couple of interesting articles touching upon Scotland’s independence campaign, the first from Conn Hallinan at Foreign Policy In Focus examining the rise of national self-determination … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Eurocracy – The ECB’s Billion Euro Palace

From Der Spiegel: “Rain was falling on Frankfurt’s Ostend neighborhood as financial managers and local officials drove past dark corner bars, betting offices and the Amor sex shop to the … Continue reading

October 28, 2013

The Two Belgiums

Every now and again I have a look at news and current affairs from Belgium, that most interesting of artificial nation-states. Sometimes it is hard to believe that the country … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Enclaves And Exclaves. Why A Europe With Borders Is (Sometimes) More Fun

I love maps and the things one can learn from maps (you can probably blame J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert for that one). Imaginary maps, real maps, historical maps, all fascinate me. As I … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

Belgium, A State But Not A Nation

Some time ago I carried out a whirlwind round-up of news relating to the political fortunes of progressive nationalist movements in Europe and North America, from the Basque Country to Québec. I … Continue reading

September 14, 2011

Plucky Little Belgium – Or Why Artificial States Fail

The Irish Times reports on the continued deadlock in Belgium – and why one way or another something is going to give… ‘In the metro stations of Brussels they pipe old pop hits … Continue reading

June 15, 2011

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