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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

Since the spark of the financial crisis, Greece has been weak in building a sound business environment. In this fragile context, disastrous austerity came to give a final blow. The last three years of EU funds 2007-13 period were not as efficient as the domestic governments or the European Commission could expect, but this was… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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

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