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The UK might be in a weak position to get itself a favorable deal out of the Brexit negotiations. From the European side things won’t likely become easier with the duration of the negotiations. Inter-institutional relations might come under increased pressure and intra-institutional coordination could come under increased demand for democratic intervention. One of the… » read more

  Posted by Antonius Voluptarius

The possibility that the efforts of the UK to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) could be undermined by their unelected upper Chamber (the House of Lords) is indicative of the problems of the European Union itself. The power wielded by the unelected British Lords perhaps reflects the power of the mostly unelected (directly) “Eurocrats” that… » read more

  Posted by Ve la do io l'Europa

In the famous novel of middle XX century, “The Leopard”, Italian novelist Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa chronicled the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. A well-known sentence reads,”everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same”. The novelist meant that in Sicilian society, the old élite had found a way to… » read more

  Posted by Ve la do io l'Europa

The European Refugee Crisis

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom opting to leave the European Union, one fundamental concern on the European plateau has been the constant ballooning refugee crisis. The crisis has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, which happened because European citizens who had carried out the attacks could travel from one European country to another.… » read more

  Posted by The European Politics Blog

In London everyone is agitated about how to trigger Article 50. Proceedings continue in the English High Court on whether the government needs the consent of parliament before it triggers Article 50. It should surprise nobody that the EU dimension is largely absent from the London courtroom. Nobody mentions that Theresa May, in her capacity… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Let’s be honest, Juncker’s speech last Wednesday in Strasbourg was not the best in political history. Let’s get it straight: it was a well-built, concrete and competent speech, full of interesting promises and some effective sentences but, as it happens often in the EU political life, without a soul. The Brussels political elite continues implementing… » read more

  Posted by Ve la do io l'Europa

As no member state has ever left the European Union, there is no useful precedent for the process of British withdrawal under Article 50 TEU. There are, however, several association treaties between the EU and third countries which may offer guidance as the UK seeks to define a new settlement with the EU once its… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

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