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Since the referendum, we have heard from many leavers and some remainers that the vote was democratic and we must respect it. In recent weeks, the attitude of the Brexiteers has become somewhat shrill. We are told that the vote represents the will of the people[1]. There is increasing pressure for a second vote with… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

Is liberalism obsolete?

In an interview with the Financial Times[1], Vladimir Putin claimed that liberalism was obsolete: ‘…the Russian president said “the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism’. He made the following statement. ‘This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done (about immigration). That migrants can… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

A recent European Council vote on cutting carbon emissions showed that Czech Republic is not so eager to move towards further European integration. And that perhaps Visegrad Four is soon going to be Visegrad Three. An idea that different parts of the European Union (should) integrate at a different pace, also known as differentiated integration,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

The British ministers have recently decided that the country should use past overperformance in the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions to relax the targets set out in the plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.   The plan to tackle climate change entails the commitment of the government to a series of five-year… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

In the corridors of the Palace of Westminster and in those of the Union’s institutions, the air is rife with talk about extending the two-year period under Article 50 TEU. Both decision-makers and commentators regularly point out that delaying Brexit would be problematic if the delay ran into the upcoming European elections. It is worth… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Governing the UK

In September 2017, I posted a blog called ‘The rise of the kakistocracy’. Kakistocracy means government by the worst[1]: the most incompetent people are in power. When I wrote the piece, there was no shortage of candidate kakistocracies; Venezuela and Zimbabwe provided two rather extreme examples out of many. But what about the western democracies?… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

Opinions about Brexit can be divided into two broad groups: those that I will call ideology-based and those that are evidence-based. The dominant opinion in the first group is the question of sovereignty. It was a significant factor in the 2016 referendum and continues to motivate many of those favouring Brexit. It can be countered… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

As everyone is all too aware, the date for Brexit is just around the corner and a withdrawal agreement is yet to be concluded. Without an agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there simply can be no negotiations on the nature of the future trading relationship. Nor will there… » read more

  Posted by Eric-Mark Huitema

Brexiters Routed In Salzburg

It had to happen. Sooner or later someone was going to truly stand up to the Brexiters. Theresa May made the first attempt at this recently, but it was nowhere near enough. Since Prime Minister May has been unable to do it, the task has fallen to the leaders of the EU and it’s Member… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

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