Apart from a few years in the middle-east, I've lived my whole life in europe; the great majority in britain. I am a european, both from conviction and pragmatism. Europe, of which the uk is such an important part, is helping forge a new way forward for the world. We are a lighthouse of how old enemies can become not just new allies, but so closely bound and integrated that their future prosperity depends on them hanging ever closer together. At its best, europe brings us real benefits from bigger and freer flowing markets, economies of scale, the circulation of best practice and safety in numbers. I have written a lot about europe, mainly in my guise of new europe, and you can read it all here.

the paralysis of contentment (March 2006)

Not enough people see globalisation as opportunity not threat, and polls show that most Europeans associate the EU with globalisation: one reason for its growing unpopularity. Yet, to be against globalisation is like Canute commanding the waves to turn back: it's here, it's now and it rules, OK ?