Photograph: 'The pro-EU march from Hyde Park to Westminster in London on March 25, 2017, to mark 60 years since the EU's founding agreement, the Treaty of Rome' by Ilovetheeu / CC
Politics & Society

Is May safeguarding the position of EU and UK citizens?

“At face value, it appears to be a good deal. However, when one reads the small print, it becomes apparent that there is no value in the offer, and it lacks the certainty that Theresa May continuously refers to. The offer has come after the EU Council Decision of 22 May proposing their policy on safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. Therefore both sides have now adopted their position. However, the UK’s offer is nowhere close to what EU would like to secure as a part of the exit deal.” (Read More)

UK

The immigration debate is senseless and pessimistic

There are few things more depressing than the immigration debate in the UK. There are more upsetting things. There are more maddening things. But when it comes to politics the immigration debate here is depressing. The debate is being led by Nigel Farage and UKIP. Ponder that for a moment. This means allegedly serious politicians end up saying stupid things. Lord Bates, last week, suggested that too many foreign-born women residing in Britain are having babies. (Read More)

Ideas & Discussion

Charlie Hebdo and my grandmother

But whenever my cousins or me brought up the subject of us being Italian, my grandmother would proudly proclaim: “I’m American.”

And right she was, she was born and raised in the United States. Both my grandparents spoke Italian as well as English. The Italian they learned came from at home, not school. My father and aunt, however, were discouraged from ever speaking Italian. My grandparents wanted to raise their children as Americans. (Read More)