After all the time I spent in Brussels, it’s been a real eye-opener to see how the debate is framed in the UK. One of my first projects has been this six-part series for New Statesman, “Europe for the easily bored.” Scroll down and click through the links below to learn about everything from the secret sauna in the basement of the Berlaymont building to the time Nick Clegg set fire to a cactus collection…
Here are some nice things people said about it on Twitter:
Part One: The institutions — What you actually need to know about the bodies that make up the European Union (clue: it’s nothing to do with the Council of Europe).
Part Two: Where does the UK stand? Explaining governance with an extended cake metaphor. Yum.
Part Three: What has Europe ever done for me? Thanks to the EU, wine is more affordable, flights are cheaper and you can access the internet on your phone abroad without having to get another mortgage.
Part Four: Doom, whisky, and getting lost in mazes: what are the options for the UK flouncing out of the European Union? Sovereignty explained through the concept of being naked in the desert.
Part Five: Migration and money… some facts.
Part Six: A question of influence: how successful could Britain be in a renegotiation of its EU membership? And do we even use the powers we have now?