Monday June 1, 2020

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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