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Jo Simmons

Writer and consultant currently living in London

Jo Simmons is a writer and consultant currently living in London. Originally from the United States, she enjoys blogging on politics and gender issues on both sides of the Atlantic
EU To Scotland: Once Britain's Out, We Won't Pull You Back

EU To Scotland: Once Britain's Out, We Won't Pull You Back In

Of course, MEPs like Pons are not making life difficult out of pure spite. With the independence movement in Catalonia gaining ground, no Spanish politician outside of Barcelona is ever going to come out in support of Scottish independence, let alone Scotland's separate entry into the European Union. To the people of Scotland, though, that comes as little solace: they might not have voted for Brexit, but they'll likely have to pay the heaviest price.
10/02/2017 12:21 GMT
The Dark Side Of Further European

The Dark Side Of Further European Enlargement

The premise of EU membership as a "carrot" for reforms at the national level is appealing, but recent developments both within and outside the Union have shown its efficacy to be tenuous.
17/10/2016 11:49 BST
What's Next After The EU's Apple

What's Next After The EU's Apple Ruling?

If the Apple ruling signifies a small step in the right direction, the Commission's continued support for ISDS proves that there is still a long way to go before the rights of citizens are as respected as the rights of corporations.
05/09/2016 14:45 BST
Will Women Benefit From Saudi Economic

Will Women Benefit From Saudi Economic Reforms?

With the government's expressed aim of reducing unemployment from its current level of 12% down to 7%, the number of women leaving the home to take up work looks set to continue its surge. Just as women entering the workforce in the West served as a prelude to their social advancement one can only hope that the same process will be replicated in the conservative kingdom and replace its current ignominious stance towards women.
26/05/2016 10:46 BST
Avoiding Dictatorships on

Avoiding Dictatorships on Vacation

Nice to know the Thai police have got their priorities in order. After all, it's not as if the country faces any other challenges, apart of course from the deteriorating security situation for tourists and locals alike.
15/03/2016 16:53 GMT
The European Union's Reckless Quarrels With

The European Union's Reckless Quarrels With Greece

Compromise is required by both sides. In his comments about 'flooding' Europe, Kammenos made no effort to disguise the fact that this 'policy' was informed by vengeance only, saying "if they strike us, we will strike them." And while some Greeks may feel they have the moral high ground, the EU states must be careful to ensure the same contagion isn't infecting their thinking too.
28/01/2016 15:32 GMT
The Resounding Silence of Ukraine's Anti-Corruption

The Resounding Silence of Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Fight

Poroshenko, himself a billionaire oligarch, was hailed by the West for his anti-corruption virtues when he was sworn into office. A year and a half into his term, the so-called reformer is proving to be just a more cunning version of his fellow oligarchs: gaining control of the state by promising without delivering.
14/10/2015 10:57 BST
One Long Minute: Europe's Immigration

One Long Minute: Europe's Immigration Crisis

And what's missing in this moment: the meaningful and moral response of European leaders ready to acknowledge that the influx of refugees is, in large measure, the consequence of Europe's own policy and foreign intervention failures.
28/08/2015 17:47 BST
As the Blame Game Continues, the Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Eastern

As the Blame Game Continues, the Humanitarian Crisis Deepens in Eastern Ukraine

If the Ukrainian government want to avoid falling victim to this well established Russian tactic they would do well to stop taking the bait and start living up to their own rhetoric about eastern residents being as valued as Ukrainian citizens as their western counterparts. A good start would be to lift the blockade and reinstate pensions for its most vulnerable people.
04/08/2015 22:53 BST
Time to Kick Politics Out of

Time to Kick Politics Out of Sports

It's high time sportsmen take sports back from the clutch of statesmen. This is how the FIFA scandal should have been seen: not as a parable for capitalism, but as a lesson of what happens when sports become shorthand for politics.
11/06/2015 15:09 BST
Austerity Has Brought a Humanitarian Crisis to

Austerity Has Brought a Humanitarian Crisis to Greece

Sixty percent of young people are unemployed and have seen their dreams quashed as wave after wave of painful austerity measures battered Greece. Make no mistake - the country's staggering decline is unparalleled in peacetime.
19/05/2015 20:47 BST
Election 2015: How to Get Young Women to

Election 2015: How to Get Young Women to Vote

"I feel like I should care, but I don't," said a 23 year old artist in London, when asked if she planned on voting in the upcoming election. While London is the location where women gathered from all over the country to fight for the vote, many young women today are less than inspired.
27/04/2015 16:19 BST