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Welcome to my blog - The Great Unravelling
This blog tries to make sense of Britain's decision to leave the EU and what it means for Britain's place in the world. This sesimic event in British and European politics cannot be understood in isolation to wider global political trends and economic processes.
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Author Archives: Charles Reed
Today, the Prime Minister David Cameron travels to Brussels for his first face-to-face meeting with his fellow EU Heads of State following last week’s referendum vote to leave the EU. There will be the ritualistic discussion about Article 50, but … Continue reading
Last’s week’s referendum decision to leave the EU caught all by surprise, not least Nigel Farage, its chief advocate, who having conceded defeat once the polling stations had closed emerged jubilant the following morning. Caught off-guard and with old scripts … Continue reading
It is hard not to feel a general sense of weariness with the state of the world. Newspapers are filled with one crisis after another and these crises appear more wickedly complex than anything we have dealt with in the … Continue reading
This evening at Lambeth Palace the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York will sign on behalf of the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. The signing will be witnessed by the Anna … Continue reading
To visit Gaza is to be reminded that war, whatever its justification, is a deadly and destructive affair. With 3 wars in 5 years it is impossible to distinguish between the damage caused by each. The scenes of desolation in … Continue reading
I’m in Brussels at the moment taking part in a conference that brings together scholars and academics from Europe and the Arab world as well as civil society organisations, religious communities, journalists and politicians. This is the fourth in the … Continue reading
Parliament’s recall brings into sharp focus the question of whether the use of force against ISIS is justifiable. It is easy to build a convincing ethical case for military force, but political questions remain as to whether the overarching strategy … Continue reading