Thursday, 1 May 2014

Gulf Stream Interrupted

Gulf Stream Blues is going into retirement, while I concentrate on launching the new EuropeanVoice.com.

Regular readers may have noticed that my blog entries have been few and far between over the past months. Last year I was promoted to being editor of EuropeanVoice.com, the web site of the newspaper of the same name which was launched by The Economist 20 years ago.

It's an intense time, as we work to relaunch the web site and prepare for coverage of the European elections this month. I have to face facts and acknowledge that I just don't have time to write in this blog any more.

I launched this blog in 2006 while living in New York, in preparation as I struggled to find some way to get to Europe. I had been consumed by an interest in the European Union since reading a book called The European Dream by former New York Times reporter Jeremy Rifkin.

I didn't really know very much about the EU before reading this book, despite having studied European History at university. But after reading Rifkin's work I decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life. It's been a long winding road since then, from moving to London in 2006, acquiring Italian citizenship in 2008,  stints in Paris and Zurich in 2009, and finally moving to Brussels in 2010.

I've learned a lot over these many years, most notably how very wrong Rifkin was about the blossoming spirit of European unity. But having spend four years in Brussels, I can see how one would get that impression if they never left this bubble. But Brussels isn't Europe, and Europe isn't Brussels.

So, I'm going to have to put the blog on ice for awhile, possibly for good. We'll see how things shake out over the next year. But there's a lot to be done, 2014 is an intense year for my job and I need to focus on that.

So I bid you adieu for now, and hopefully I'll be able to revive this blog again some day in the future. Thanks for reading all these years!

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