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David Cameron is threatened by the forces of populism, domestically if not internationally. This makes Cameron’s position excessively interesting. He himself is perhaps the last person one might describe as a “man of the people” and yet he surrounds himself with populists at the very time the populists have come baying for the blood of… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

Guest blog post by Dr Gulay Icoz, PhD in International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London. It has now been two months since Prime Minister David Cameron sent a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, setting out the areas he is seeking to reform the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). On 17… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

You must be ‘kipping!

Interesting little snippet from a Brexit poll in today’s Times, measuring how supporters of different British political parties will vote ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in the forthcoming EU referendum.

  Posted by Heard in Europe

Dear Prime Minister, I understand from press reports that you are increasingly frustrated by the obstacles that appear to obstruct your renegotiation of the terms of UK membership of the European Union. Maybe I can help. First I will deal with the substance of your demands for treaty change, and then on the form. ‘Ever… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Ever ambitious, the British government is seeking to renegotiate the terms of UK membership and to reform the European Union all in one go. One of its key demands is to strengthen the powers of national parliaments. In the perspective of eurosceptic politics, this seems like an easy hit. Indeed, the ruse has been swallowed… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Conservative parliamentarians have lined up to deride David Cameron’s speech of 10 November as falling far short of the radical renegotiation of Britain’s terms of membership that they want. This domestic reaction has misled the casual foreign observer to conclude that Cameron’s demands can be quite easily accommodated by a European Union which is vexed… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

The idea of a two-tier European Union has been the battle horse of the most integrationist politicians in the most integrationist member states for decades. No surprise, one feel suspicious to see it becoming the flagship proposal of the United Kingdom. But we better listen carefully to what the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne… » read more

  Posted by Ideas for a united & federal Europe

During a news conference in Warsaw some weeks before the parliamentary elections, Beata Szydło, then deputy leader of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party and now designated prime minister, called on the Polish government to abandon the idea of adopting the euro and promised that her government’s first decision would be to close down the… » read more

  Posted by Ideas for a united & federal Europe

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