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I wasn't so sure, maybe it's because of the conversational tone.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 10:28:00 AM EST
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It has highlighted a number of things that I hadn't come across or given thought to before, and I feel as though I understand the issues you are putting forward.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 11:12:17 AM EST
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It's a good summary of what is going on. Sometimes it's good to summarise the background and developments you're already largely familiar with, to inform a broader audience.

So you are now officially a good populariser.

The ending could still be improved. You talk about two things but then you don't mention the second explicitly, and you don't fit the taxes issue into the narrative as tightly as would be possible. So the end still feels a bit like an aside.

Overall I think the piece is excellent, though. It's a solid backgrounder that doesn't stray into elitist briefing insiderisms.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 11:29:14 AM EST
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Yes, the last two paragraphs seem largely disconnected from the rest.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 11:31:37 AM EST
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I do think there's a point to the penultimate paragraph and generally to closing the piece by talking about why it is difficult to make the institutional changes necessary to make the EU more supranational and democratic -- in a bit more elaborate way than 'turkeys don't vote for christmas'.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Mon Feb 11th, 2008 at 11:53:58 AM EST
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