Ein schlechter Tag für Europa


Leaving my own politics out of it, I wake this morning to the likelihoods that two funding bids I’m involved in will now collapse, that all our current European doctoral students are now going to have to rush to finish before the conditions of their residency in the UK change in unpredictable fashion, that working in Catalonia, Spain or France is shortly to get more expensive and hostile and that my chosen sector of employment will now see yet another shrinkage of income, with presumably resultant cuts in jobs. I am also going to have completely respin the next lecture I give on Charlemagne. The longer-term consequences… who knows?

21 responses to “Ein schlechter Tag für Europa

  1. Steve Joyce

    Pulcherrimo omnium totius Europae Ecclesiarum Capiti, Papae praedulci, praecelso Praesuli, Pastorum Pastori, reverendissimo Speculatori; humillimus celsissimo, minimus maximo, agrestis urbano, micrologus eloquentissimo, extremus primo, peregrinus indigenae, pauperculus praepotenti,—mirum dictu, nova res, rara avis—scribere audet Palumbus.

  2. Was working in France particularly hostile before entry to the Common Market (as it then was)? Visiting France certainly faced only the most nugatory obstacles: nor was visiting (West) Germany, or the Low Countries, or Austria, or Italy, at all difficult.

    I dare say working in Spain might have been hostile, but that would have been due to the great Continental tradition of dictatorial rule, wouldn’t it?

  3. Wider consequences? That is easy… Russian aggresion in Lithuania and war in Europe (after all, we have all been there, seen this, done that)

    • If that’s going to happen it’s hard for me to see how the UK leaving the EU will have been a cause. We haven’t voted to leave NATO as well and the EU has hardly been able to do anything about Russian aggression with the UK inside it!

  4. Best day for Europe. Frau Merkel und ihre Lebensraum kaputt!

  5. Had to Share this on FB for friends in similar predicaments. Thank you.

  6. I hope your funding bids will work out, or that you’ll at least find a good alternative way to finance your project(s).

    • Thankyou! Of course we don’t know that they won’t be possible, and we don’t know that the UK won’t manage to stay in Horizon 2020 at least, which would make it possible in future, but whether that happens, when, and whether a project could be timed so that it might run beyond the point of transition, are all things we can’t guess for many months. And until that works itself out and people know what they can get from us I guess that UK academics will be European research pariahs before very long.

  7. I’m sorry about your funding. This result will change the face of many endeavors in the next while. Just how fast it will happen depends, I suppose, on fiscal years and budget cycles.

    I foresee many research papers in the next couple of years about historical and cultural parallels to other instances of members of various polities making decisions against their best interests, and whether or not it makes sense to term this ‘postfactual politics’. (My two cents: nope, politics has always been like this–emotionally based.)

    • I’d be inclined to agree with your two cents there, but I do wish we could expect facts from the people making the decisions. The Remain portion of the Tory party did itself no favours by inflating the horror budget numbers as the referendum got closer so that it was clear they’d either been wrong before or were now. On the other hand, I think the economic knock-on effects are probably too complex actually to count up, for both the UK and Europe, so it’s not as if ‘true’ figures could have been presented. At which rate, what could one expect except for people to vote on their emotions and preconceptions?

  8. We’re bought and sold for Brussels gold-
    Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

    • Well, apparently we have decided that the price is too high or, to me more likely, that the payment is too diffuse and/or London-centred to be noticeable.

      • Too London-centred to be noticeable? Now no one is a fan of bankers, but already 7,000 jobs in the City have been announced as leaving London, from just three banks. You need only do some simple maths based on a guestimate average salary of those 7,000, multiplied by an average of (say) 30% income tax, then over the life of a single parliament to realize that the British government over the next five years (assuming no further job losses and even leaving out things like VAT and National Insurance and Capital Gains and tax on the companies themselves) either needs to cut spending by £1bn, or raise taxes by £1bn. Osborne was vilified for saying he’d need an emergency post-Brexit budget. This is why he needs one.

        • I didn’t express myself clearly. London is indeed where the damage will be felt most keenly, financial and political. The way the vote split regionally shows how much less the benefit that has accrued there has been perceived elsewhere, though, I think. Obviously damage to London damages the country, but London’s success is a lot less well distributed than the new income tax burden will be. It’s been a minor revelation to see even the national press begin to accept out of all this that London really isn’t the same as the rest of the country in some deep-seated ways.

  9. “I am also going to have completely respin the next lecture I give on Charlemagne.”
    Never mind, It has already been that way, at least since Louis the Pious’ times. Europe has always been a complicated and lovely continent.

    • Ouch to the link! And I have been known to suggest that the problem with our current UK politicians is that like the electorate, they grew up watching Yes Minister and now neither side believes there’s anything real in politics at all. But some of them at least must have forgotten this episode!

  10. Mark Whittow



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  11. Allan McKinley

    On the funding front, EU membership is not a condition of being involved in Horizon 2020 (always want to put a colon in there…), Erasmus or any of the other schemes with European funding. The government will have to buy in though. As we do well from much of this that is quite likely I’d have thought, especially as the next fight is the one many remain supporters seem to think they have been fighting already between the isolationist and nationalists on one hand and the internationalists (including a lot of leave voters whose issue was EU government) on the other.

    • Oh, yes, I already checked the Horizon 2020 thing as it affects one of the grants in question. But what do you suppose is likely to happen to bids for European funding restricted to member states of the EU or of Horizon 2020 when an applying country is probably going to move from one to the other, but can’t be guaranteed acceptance into the latter and when no timeframe is yet foreseeable for the move in any case?

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