POLITICAL POSTS

“Brexit is one big communications failure”

100 days before the Brexit date of 31.10.2019 I gave an interview with Germany's Catholic News Agency, explaining my view that much of the current controversy around Brexit is a result of Theresa May's unwillingness to communicate -- she created one big communications...

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New Research on Citizenship

The idea of a citizens’ assembly has been proposed by many in the UK as a way of bringing a divided country together. New research on citizenship raises questions about the prospects of this exercise. Together with my colleague, Cory Massaro, I have analysed the...

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Irish Backstop Analysis

What does the language that we use about Brexit reveal about what is important to Brexiteers? Analysis of the language around the Irish backstop may shed light on positions and preferences. Brexit has caused new tensions between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The...

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Future relationship impacted by terms for Agreement

For the UK, it’s deal or no-deal. But other European countries talk about the options for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU in different terms. The divergence in terminology indicates that attitudes to Brexit as well as the European project more generally are also...

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Brexit Language Analysis 1: Letters Home

National newspapers in the UK and Germany have published three open letters with ideas about the future relationship between the two countries. They are remarkably different in both substance and style, and the little words are more revealing than the big ones. So...

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5 questions people ask about my love for England

In September 2018 I published a German book presenting 111 reasons to love England, called 111 Gründe, England zu lieben. Here are 5 things that people have been asking me ever since about my love for England.   1: “Is it about England or Britain?” I appreciate...

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Fremd in Sachsen? Was heißt Fremdheit überhaupt?

Die sächsische Wirtschaft ist stark und wächst, aber sie leidet unter dem sich rapide verschlechternden Image des Landes, denn die Debatte darüber, wer fremd in Sachsen ist, schlägt weiter hohe Wellen. Fremdenfeindliche Angriffe, ob gewaltsam oder nicht, machen es...

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Crisis of Centrism: 10 Lessons for the Centre

Over the last four months, a group of students at the University of Bristol and I have explored the crisis of centrism that informs contemporary political debates in Germany as well as in many other European countries.   What we have looked at We examined four...

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