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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th March 2017

Dear Fred,
You know it’s a quiet week for news when rabbits and donkeys grab the headlines, but animal lovers are a vocal constituency and have been inundating MEPs' mail boxes for weeks with missives on the plight of farm rabbits and donkey welfare. Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 17th February 2017

Dear Fred,
Hot tip of the week – buy shares in Manitobah Mukluks quick! What, you’ve never heard of them? That’s because the EU has been slapping a whopping 17% tariff on these indigenously-sourced Canadian winter boots.
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 20th January 2017

The film La La Land is the hot tip for the Oscars this year. My dictionary offers two handy definitions for the term: “a place renowned for its frivolous activity” and “a euphoric dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life”. Read more...
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 16th December 2016

Dear Fred,
The race for the presidency is hotting up as another candidate joins the already crowded race. Following on the heels of Antonio Tajani’s coronation by the EPP group, the Greens have decided to send a Brit in to sort out the mess. Read more...
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 25th November 2016

Dear Fred,
The Oxford dictionaries’ word of the year is “post-truth”, narrowly beating popular new additions to the English language such as Brexiteer and the Danish word hygge denoting a feeling of contentment and well-being. There would have been a good deal of hygge among the 48% who voted to Remain if a foreign Read more...
Postcard from Strasbourg

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 28th October 2016

If you were to pick a film that best captured the mood of the week it would be a tough choice between Fight Club and Les Misérables. The “altercation” between two UKIP MEPs last session was investigated by Parliament’s in-house Advisory Committee, led ironically by a Tory MEP, which concluded that the versions from the two MEPs differed so widely that Read more...

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 07th October 2016

Dear Fred,
A word of warning. If someone with a lilting French accent calls up asking for €1.5 billion to help 18-year-olds discover Europe and fall in love with the EU project all over again, they have probably confused Interel with Interail. The free ticket scheme seems to be the latest desperate initiative to win popular approval since Juncker’s promise to provide free Wi-Fi in all city centres. The main drawback to the scheme is not the problem of funding but the demise of the night train. What Interail experience was complete without sleepless nights in a crowded couchette, sharing stale biscuits with new found friends?
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 16th September 2016

Dear Fred,
The Dalai Lama was back in the European Parliament this week preaching a message of inner peace, compassion, love, forgiveness and self-discipline, qualities that were sadly in short supply in a hot and sticky Strasbourg. This was his fifth visit and he used the occasion to speak of his admiration for the “spirit of the EU”, which he felt should spread to Africa and beyond. Maybe he would have been better off being in Bratislava today where the spirit of the EU will be tested as never before as 27 leaders indulge in some post Brexit soul-searching.
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Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 10th June 2016

Dear Fred,
Trust in science and experts’ opinions seems to be challenged like never before and the news that the small letter bomb detonated at EFSA’s HQ in Parma was addressed to someone on its GM panel is all the more worrying. Read more...
Postcard from Strasbourg

Postcard from Strasbourg by Richard Steel

Friday, 13th May 2016

Dear Fred,
It’s Eurovision time again, that wonderfully kitsch moment when Europe comes together in a way the Founding Fathers can only have dreamed about. Or is this song contest more the loose vision of European co-operation that Brexiteers have in mind? Read more...