I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France... Amnesty's new report Told to move on: Forced evictions of Roma in France launched on Wednesday in Paris reveals that forced evictions of Roma in France have reached record proportions.
France's distinctive take on secularism is once again making headlines. A sacred virtue of the Republic, it is unquestionable within the hexagon where political careers are built on its defence. But a recent case is causing controversy.
Never since the days when Margaret Thatcher led Britain has this country's standing with its neighbours been so low. Most Europeans - whether they are businessmen or politicians or simply ordinary citizens - are incredulous at Cameron's sniping.
Financial reward is the mechanism that creates work in the free market. By taking the incentive for working and developing new skills away, it undermines the fundamental functioning of the free market.
The relationship between France and its former north African Colony Algeria is one tainted by a difficult and bitter colonial past. The two countries' shared history is often the backdrop to fierce debates at the official and societal levels.
Should social democrats (like myself) be quietly thanking David Cameron for delivering us an early Christmas gift by blocking the passage of a bloated and wasteful EU budget? Not quite, if Santa Cam has his way this gift will be a Trojan Horse.