EA May 2016

Letter from London—Brexit, Sadiq Khan, and “BoatyMcBoatFace”

MichaelWhite2016What’s going on in Britain this cool spring? Even busy people around the world are vaguely aware of a few things going on in the north east Atlantic’s rainy archipelago. Some seem confusing.

Perennial underdogs, Leicester City, won English football’s coveted premiership league, an astonishing sporting feat against odds of 5000 to 1 and relative poverty. Queen Elizabeth, usually a byword for discretion, was caught on camera saying that Chinese officials servicing President Xi’s state visit last year had been “very rude.”

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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, by Parag Khanna. Random House. 466 pages.

Minds, great or small, can often operate in the same direction. The other day, my eyes were on a passage in a major new book on future global connections that cited Berlin as Europe's most future-ready city. At the same time, my ears had tuned into an NPR report on the 10,000 British living in Berlin, worrying about the personal and political consequences of a British departure from the European Union.

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