Two years ago today, we were in a quiet, old-fashioned bar in Amsterdam. At some point in the evening the house cat jumped up onto my lap. “He never does that normally”, his owner remarked as he set down our drinks. “He must like you”. Some hours later midnight came and went and Amsterdam night … More Brexit +2: Where are we now?
Sometimes it’s difficult to take a look at our own lives and discern where our story is heading. That’s when it helps to have the advice of good friends – those who have enough distance to see the patterns and trends, but are also close enough that they understand and care. This month Britain’s friends … More The politics of lies – recommended reading and listening
Find out if and how you can get your passport stamped on a visit to each of Europe’s microstates. … More Want a passport stamp from Europe’s microstates: Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco, and the Vatican City?
Whilst it would be great if the British PM was being as ambitious as the Taoiseach about language learning, we don’t need his or anybody else’s permission to set out on this path ourselves. If he won’t do it for the country as a whole, we can at least do it for ourselves. … More Boris Johnson lacks Irish ambition on language learning, but you don’t need him – start learning a language anyway
Today marks the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. We can hope it signals the demise of his brand of populist politics too. It was Trump himself who compared his 2016 election win to Brexit. Nigel Farage and the leaders of the Leave.eu campaign wasted no time in grabbing a photo opportunity with him. Brash claims … More Brexit Populism Trumped?
Could it be that for many of us now stuck here on Brexit Island the idea of learning another language is one way to assert our identity as Europeans? … More Learning a language is a great way to cope with lockdown – and Brexit
Two Europeans is a blog about life, politics, language, culture and travel. We took a break when the pandemic began, but we look forward to starting up again soon and we would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year. Meanwhile here’s our take on the Brexit deal and some reasons … More Where next following Brexit?
COVID-19: We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well. During this time we will be posting a little less often than usual with content we hope you’ll find interesting. This time last year, we were not where we had expected to be … in more ways than one! Friday 29 March 2019 was … More Looking back: The day Brexit didn’t happen
It’s time for us to share a few more of our favourite EU and Brexit-related podcasts with you … Remainiacs “Can we all meet just once a week and talk about how fucking crazy this shit is?” That is how Naomi Smith recalls the moment in 2017 when a group of friends and campaigners decided … More Podcasts: How to keep up-to-date anytime, anywhere
How did we get here? This is the question that came to mind as I read the government’s policy paper on negotiations with the EU, published on Thursday. There is a sense of unreality about the 36-page document. Their priority is severing ties to Europe, not with a specific purpose in mind but rather as … More Has Brexit become an Orwellian cult?