Europe Needs a “New UK”

French President Emmanuel Macron accused the “Frugals”, i.e. the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden (during the last European Council summit, Finland also joined this group) of “acting like Brexit Britain.” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had demanded a smaller proportion of grants – handing out money without having to repay it – instead of loans awarded by […]

Here’s who the “Frugal Four” are and why you should root for them

In order to respond to COVID-19 and the economic collapse that we are experiencing as a result of the lockdown measures, the European Commission has laid out an ambitious program to tackle the situation. During the European Council meeting on June 19, EU heads of state and government were not able to find common ground […]

Interviewed by Dat Goda Samhället

Some of the readers of this blog will be aware at this point that I lost a contract with a newspaper, merely for making fun of climate activist Greta Thunberg. The Swedish blog Dat Goda Samhället interviewed me about the situation. You can find the whole interview HERE. For those interested: it is in Swedish, […]

Pourquoi le snus est-il toujours illégal dans l’Union européenne?

En 1990, après une recommandation de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Royaume-Uni et la Belgique avaient interdit le tabac sans fumée humide connu sous le nom de « snus ». Popularisé en Scandinavie, le snus est vendu dans de petites poches blanches préemballées, généralement consommées placées sous la lèvre supérieure. Contrairement au tabac […]

From this year on, Swedes can once again ‘Dance With Somebody’

Anyone remember this catchy “Dance With Somebody” song? The Swedish Pop-Band Mando Diao had really put this track into our ears in 2009, when ironically it wasn’t really allowed for Swedes to dance with somebody outside of their own home. Laws dating back to the 1930s had banned Swedes to dance in public and had […]