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12.7.2017

Jon Worth about his Euroblog

Jon Worth is a known and asked blogger who writes about EU policy, Brexit and Germany policy. NECE asked him what he intends with his Euroblog.

NECE: What are the purpose and aims of your blog?

Jon Worth (© Jon Worth)

Jon Worth: My blog started as a kind of depository for my thoughts about politics, and I thought I could explain the EU with greater factual accuracy than the UK media does. Those motivations are still true to this day - 12 years on and after more than 2000 posts and 700000 words! I earn no money from my blog, and it is a solitary activity writing it. But it starts debates with all sorts of people, forces people to think, and hopefully helps to increase our overall understanding of how politics, and especially the politics of the European Union works. The blog should also be seen together with my activity on Twitter where I am also highly active debating politics - @jonworth.

NECE: How do you see the new pro European momentum and the hopes for a break of the populist wave after the French elections?

Jon Worth: I think Europeans looked into the abyss with Brexit and Trump and have recoiled from that - it is more a fear of the alternative than any genuine momentum for the European Union. Maybe what we have is not so bad is the sort of reaction we have seen, and that has been reflected in higher levels of support for the EU in a number of EU Member States. But there is no room for complacency - many of the underlying issues that gave rise to Brexit and Trump (and previously Le Pen, Orbán and the FPÖ) have not gone away. Parts of our societies feel economically and culturally left behind, the benefits of economic growth seem to accrue to few in society, and the problems of the EU - imbalances in the Eurozone, and the lack of proper democracy at EU level have not gone away. Were a further financial crisis to hit I am not sure the EU would be better placed to cope now than it was in the last decade, and then the populists would come roaring back.

More about Jon Worth here: https://jonworth.eu/
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