About Simon Berlaymont

Simon Berlaymont is a pseudonym. The writer has extensive professional knowledge of the inner workings of the European Union.

Articles by Simon Berlaymont

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Mariam Ali

Mariam Ali is Associate Editor for openDemocracy's Arab Awakening page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What the European Union is

The current affliction of the European Union offers a healthy reminder: don’t confuse the symptoms with the disease. The French and Dutch referenda precipitated the crisis, the rancorous Brussels summit that followed embittered it, the cacophonous point-scoring of national governments as the British presidency approaches on 1 July 2005 is reinforcing it.

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