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About john_b

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  • Location Berlin
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  1. Coronavirus

    A critical take on Sweden
  2. Coronavirus

    FT on Sweden... the box on the lower right is not a good place.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    I didn't say they shouldn't post, just that they post "ad nauseam" on subjects like Brexit whilst claiming that their nationality is irrelevant.   I think it does matter whether you have a stake in the matter - if I post on US politics I do so as a non American but with many friends and relatives over there. When I post on Brexit, I do so as a British citizen in Germany directly affected by the outcome; as it happens I also have Irish citizenship since 2006, but I'm directly affected, as are my relatives and friends in the UK.  
  4. Brexit: The fallout

      Just like other non-Brits on this forum (e.g. balticus & hellfire) who admit they didn't have a vote on Brexit but still feel entitled to post on the subject ad nauseam...
  5. Brexit: The fallout
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      Boris Johnson says No deal is a 'failure of statecraft'
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Those new Brexit border stats: £7,000,000,000 in new red tape 215,000,000 extra forms 50,000 new bureaucrats * Long HGV queues (up to 7000 trucks) £77,000,000 for emergency ferries 10 new inland customs sites 4 lorry parks £300 fines for HGV drivers entering Kent without "passport" * the new border form-fillers (50,000+) will be more numerous than the entire staff of the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council combined (about 43,000).   Get on the winning side! 
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Brexit: Make RedTape Great Again  
  9. Brexit: The fallout

        What Thatcher’s failed attempt to prevent the reunification of Germany 30 years ago can teach Brexit Britain.    This left her weakened internationally and isolated at home. It contributed to her downfall in 1990 and had lasting consequences for Britain’s relations with the European Union. Thirty years on, it offers a cautionary tale for British diplomacy after Brexit: not least in its tendency to exaggerate British influence; to vest too much in displays of ‘strength’ and ‘resolve’; and to blame others for its mistakes.    
  10.   Safe journey 
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      Ho ho ho! Daniel Hannan has been on the cheap sherry again. His post-Brexit fantasy imagines life in 2025 as  "...some followed us out of the EU (Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands)..."     In fact over the last couple of years polls consistently indicate pro EU support to be around 66% in Denmark, between 70-90% in Ireland and a steady 75% average in the Netherlands.   Yeah, right. Get ready for more stirring "get on the winning team" rhetoric!