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The meanings of Brexit

What does Brexit really mean? A good place to start is the question voters were asked on 23rd June: should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the EU? So at the very least we can say that Britain will at some point cease to be a member of the EU… » read more

  Posted by Fritz Groothues

Running Commentary

Non-British readers may be a bit bemused by some of the press reports emerging on Brexit in the last few days. So to ease interpretation, here’s my take on the most notable of the latest events:- 1. Speaking at the LSE on Friday evening, John Kerr gave a valuable talk which is well reported on… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

We are used to think that Fascism somehow belongs to the past, something that somehow is gone. But I don’t think that this is appropriate anymore. The last months have shown that Fascism seems to be very much alive, probably in a new way. Some of the typical characteristics of Fascism are having a very… » read more

  Posted by The future of the European Union

On 31 October 1517, 499 years ago, the Augustinian monk Martin Luther from Wittenberg sent his Ninety-Five Theses, harshly criticizing the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences. This would become the starting point of the Reformation. The intention was to fundamentally reform Latin Christendom and the Church. The result, however, was a schism. It led… » read more

  Posted by The future of the European Union

Where are we going?

Some years ago the late Victoria Wood, a British comedienne, appeared in one of her excellent radio sketches as a sheep, frequently heard running across a field along with another. At the sound of each movement, one bleated ‘where are we going?’ to which the reply was ‘I don’t know’. They could have been describing… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

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

“If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means.” This is how Theresa May denounced cosmopolitanism in her first speech as Prime Minister to the Conservative Party conference.   It’s a strange choice of words, when she could have stuck to… » read more

  Posted by Fritz Groothues

Mercifully, the party political conference season in Britain is over. We would not normally pay too much attention to the resolutions on EU policy passed by party rank and file delegates. But this year, because Britain has taken back control of its own affairs, it’s worth taking a closer look. The Liberal Democrats were first… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

48% and 27 countries

  Somebody compared Brexit to a dog who got onto a bus without having thought what to do next. This is a pretty accurate image of a country that is almost too stunned to ask the question “What now?”, unable to make up its mind what price is worth paying for this glorious day of… » read more

  Posted by Fritz Groothues

Rather than acquiescing to the reckless impulses of populist politicians eager to capitalize upon the mess that is Brexit, Czech leaders should resort to common sense and urge patience and restraint. Contrary to what populists would like to purport, support for the EU is rising in several countries following Brexit, including Denmark who is traditionally… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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

The EU is no stranger to crises. It is often said, at least in academic circles, that a crisis can spur necessary further integration (known in Eurojargon as ‘deepening’). At the height of the Eurozone crisis, for example, Member States were willing to accept far-reaching reforms of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) that were… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

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