Letters from Europe is a blog on European politics. It hopes to be an entertaining, informed and informative guide to the often inscrutable goings-on of “Brussels” and the wider affairs of the continent. It is aimed at people actively involved in European affairs, curious and literate Anglo-Saxons, and anyone more generally in continental Europe who is both interested in the EU and has some degree of mastery of the English language.
This blog is based on the fact that European politics is actually, unbeknowst to most, really quite interesting and often outright ridiculous (see: the Lighter Side). It can also be difficult to follow, given the fragmented nature of European media and incomplete coverage of EU affairs. My periodic press reviews aim to highlight the most interesting and noteworthy developments and stories from the continent’s media and the European blogosphere.
I deal with the endless, mostly quiet struggle between the institutions and the Member States, the activities of European politicians and the Union’s strange emergence as a global demi-power. National politics, which ultimately cannot be separated from European politics, are also covered when time and my expertise permits.
Other subjects, not necessarily directly relevant to EU politics are also discussed such as history, social democracy, postmodern capitalism, racism, immigration and so on. It is impossible to understand European politics without some awareness of the broader issues affecting society and the world.
In the name of full disclosure, I am required to say that I am incorrigibly French, except when I am not. As a consequence, I will often draw from excellent French-language sources such as Le Courrier international and nonfiction.fr. This will also contribute to the rayonnement of French thought and culture which I am sure we can all agree is most wholesome.