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Sorry we miss you? … perhaps not any longer: the first step of actual Brexit

After a painful more than three years – at least for EU citizens who had decided to live and work in the UK following EU freedom of movement rules, finally it is over, sort of. Brexit, at least the formal … Continue reading

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The true colours of Brexit: Back to the basics of creating a hostile environment – reminisces of a ‘queue-jumper’

I was almost feeling slightly sorry for Teresa May when she came back with the Brexit deal and got so much flag from all sides, remainers and leavers, within her own party and from all others. She had tried to … Continue reading

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Goodbye UK – and thank you for the music

Goodbye UK – and thank you for the music: this was this year’s title of a series of concerts that happen every summer in Berlin under the broad scheme ‘Water music’ – because the concerts take place every weekend for … Continue reading

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Reflections at the start of Refugee Week: The end of Europe as a community of values – not caused by Brexit but the journey of the Aquarius?

Remember 2015? Then, a perceived unprecedented number of refugees and migrants entered Europe, more than one million people according to available data, while almost 4000 drowned on their journeys. We saw long queues of people stranded at the borders of … Continue reading

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Let them drown – the (not so new) default option of EU refugee policy?

At documenta 14, the contemporary art exhibition hosted every five years in Kassel, Germany, a key installation in the main hall are the remains of wooden rafts that carried refugees and migrants to the Greek island of Lesbos. The artist … Continue reading

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A generous offer or more smoke and mirrors? Brexit one year on

I really do not a want to write or think about Brexit again and again and again. But of course that will not be possible for a while to come. So a year ago today, I reflected on the ‘day … Continue reading

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Solidarity in times of the Trump presidency: ways of telling counter-narratives and practice solidarity

The two days during which the G-7 leaders held a summit in Sicily, Italy, on the second day joined by the leaders of a number of African countries, I was in York at the inaugural conference of the University of … Continue reading

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The suppliant women and the perennial question: who will provide asylum and stand up for moral values?

A group of women form the shape of a boat – one of those boats we are used to see in media pictures these days, unseaworthy but still trying to cross the Mediterranean from Lybia or other North African countries … Continue reading

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Personal reflections on Brexit II on the day President Obama gave his farewell in Berlin

About a week after the second major political shock of the year 2016, first the Brexit vote in June that triggered my first personal reflection on the theme, followed by the election of Donald Trump as next US President, President … Continue reading

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The day after the day of the shock: Personal reflections of a EU citizen (still) working in the (still) UK (England) on Brexit

When you get an email from the vice chancellor of the academic institution where you work not to panic (not the exact words but the tenor) something seems to be seriously wrong. When you get the same email from another … Continue reading

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