Parlour games in Strasbourg

Britain is still in Brexit hell, irretrievably stuck and voting no to everything that moves, but life has moved on in Strasbourg, where a monthly all-Europe meet-up is quietly making plans for a post-Brexit EU

31st March, 2019
The European Parliament in session in Strasbourg last week: a hive of activity one week a month, otherwise largely empty

It’s just after 7am in Brussels-Midi station, south-west of the Belgian capital’s centre, and the spacious TGV train is filling up with bleary-eyed commuters, including plenty of smartly dressed men and women who are settled in for the next three-and-a-half hours for the journey to Strasbourg, the official seat of the European Parliament.

Getting to the historic French city is a hassle for many Irish officials and MEPs who must fly...

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