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By Chenoa Geerts, Associate Political Consultant The Netherlands. Known for its windmills, tulips and “Netherlands Second” plea, this week it’s attracted international attention to its parliamentary elections. After a turbulent 12 months in which the UK voted for Brexit and Donald Trump was elected US President, the question was whether the populist trend would continue… » read more

  Posted by The Whitehouse Consultancy

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 post by Mark Turnbull, Managing Director of AUSPEX International. With the insult of coming third in Peterborough last week adding to the injury of fifth place in the EU elections, the Conservative Party needs to coalesce quickly around a new leader – one who can heal the party’s historic divisions and set out a… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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

2016 was a year that sent shockwaves through the Western world. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Britain voted to leave the European Union. All amidst a backdrop of terrorist attacks across Europe. 2017 could very well provide new shocks, with elections coming up in the Czech Republic, Germany, France and the… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Running Commentary VIII

Still stumbling towards the exit Running out of patience with British politicians? In my latest article on all things Brexit (9 February) I explain why the Westminster parliament and parties find themselves split and emasculated – and have only themselves to blame. I have precious little sympathy for those Remainers who voted blithely to promote… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Thursday’s shock Brexit referendum in the UK immediately triggered reactions… and wild ideas. Here is what was heard from a self-critical, British panel in Brussels over the weekend. This includes remarks by two former MEPs, who spoke off the record and were not exactly politically correct. Denial Many “Remain” campaigners seem to have difficulties accepting… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

Communicating Brexit

Guest blog post by Stavros Papagianneas, Managing Director at StP Communications. A few days ago, Labour MP Jo Cox has been shot dead in the UK by a man shouting “Britain First“. Both “Stronger In” and “Vote Leave” camps suspended campaigning following the incident, for a few days. It was the tragic apotheosis of a… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

A few weeks ago, Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg made a welcome appearance on the radio program Good Morning World. Speaking on the European Union and UK’s membership, he said: “A very human reaction to external threats, real and imagined, is to secure a place somewhere, behind a border of any kind, where the threat can… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Big Deal about no Big Deal

“We got all we wanted” – that was the main message that David Cameron aimed to convey to the Members of Parliament when he addressed the House of Commons upon returning from the European Council meeting on 22 February. The list of improvements he claimed to have won for his fellow countrymen was so long… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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

Winning the referendum on Scottish independence has thrown the British Establishment into a mighty tither. Only the Queen, whose mother was a Scot, emerges with dignity intact. Not that things would have been very much calmer if the answer had been Yes rather than No. The fact is that without a written constitution to regulate […]

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