European politics

What will President Macron mean for UK universities?

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election will have a significant impact on European politics across a wide number of policy areas. Anne Corbett assesses what Macron’s presidency could mean for higher education in the UK and for bilateral relations between the UK and France.

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    The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The EU prizes the freedom of movement its citizens enjoy. Yet this depends on securing ‘Fortress Europe’ against non-Europeans – including the thousands who drown trying to cross the Mediterranean. Claire Sutherland asks how the Union can tolerate squalid migrant camps that are, in the words of its own migration commissioner, ‘an insult to our values and civilisation’.

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The threat of ‘Frexit’ may have subsided, but Europe will remain a salient issue on the French political agenda

In a recent blog post, Caterina Froio has correctly noted that the politicisation of Europe has been one of the central factors in the French election campaign. While Europe is often a secondary issue in election campaigns, in this case, it represented an important point of contention for many of the parties involved. Disagreements on the future of the EU […]

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    In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

The recent electoral decline of social democratic parties has sparked a debate in Europe. It largely focuses on the supposedly declining mainstream left support among the working class. However, in order to fully understand these electoral dynamics, it is crucial to take the preferences of the educated middle class into account. Following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, […]

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    Europhiles should temper their enthusiasm about Macron’s win

Europhiles should temper their enthusiasm about Macron’s win

The second round of the French Presidential elections was widely presented as a referendum on Europe. In the international press especially, a clear opposition was established between the Eurosceptic Front National leader Marine Le Pen and her centrist pro-European counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Nevertheless, as Lise Herman argues, Europhiles should not become complacent about Macron’s win and put too much faith […]

What Macron’s victory means for Brexit

As one of the EU’s most powerful states, France will have a large say over the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Andrew Glencross assesses how Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential elections will impact on the process. Macron could pursue a tougher line on Brexit than his predecessor, while the current border arrangements between the UK and […]

Delusions and meddling: 30 years of Tory Euroscepticism are coming to the fore

The Conservative party’s relationship with the EU has come a long way since Edward Heath urged the UK to be ‘inside Europe’. Euroscepticism has a long history in the party, but the drift of public, media and Tory sentiment away from European unity crystallised in 1988 under Margaret Thatcher. The Brexit process is now bringing these tensions to the fore, […]

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    End of Frexit, bad for Brexit? Macron’s win signals France’s resurgence in Europe

End of Frexit, bad for Brexit? Macron’s win signals France’s resurgence in Europe

Emmanuel Macron’s win in the French presidential elections not only means the death of ‘Frexit’, but has wide-ranging implications not just for the European project, but also for the ongoing Brexit negotiations. His victory will give Europe a resurgent strength and a leader who is not only passionate about the project but willing and able to be a strong […]

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    Involvement of Europe’s national parliaments will further complicate the Brexit deal

Involvement of Europe’s national parliaments will further complicate the Brexit deal

While the power of national parliaments in the European Union has generally been increased over the last two decades, as means of democratising the EU, their involvement in the Brexit process will further complicate the negotiations and prove difficult for the the next British government to handle, writes Julian M Hoerner.

Amidst the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March, the announcement of a UK […]

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    Brexit should make it easier to address the Eurozone’s challenges

Brexit should make it easier to address the Eurozone’s challenges

Annette Bongardt and Francisco Torres recall that the Eurozone risked seeing its legitimate efforts to strengthen the EMU vetoed by the UK, a country with a derogation from the monetary union. They argue that had ‘Remain’ won, the prospects for completing and sustaining the EMU would have worsened and dissatisfaction with the EU would have increased. In their view, […]