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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, […]

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    Brexit’s implications for Northern Ireland may be destabilising, but not fatal

Brexit’s implications for Northern Ireland may be destabilising, but not fatal

Brexit created specific uncertainties in Northern Ireland, a post-conflict region where 55.7% of voters (and 85% of Catholics) voted to remain in the EU and where a land border is shared with Ireland. There are fears that Brexit will undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and jeopardise the peace process in Northern Ireland. In this post, Etain Tannam, argues that […]

Brexit is already causing anguish on Gibraltar

Gibraltar was the first to declare its vote in June’s EU Referendum, returning a 96% vote in favour of Remain. But rather than set a trend for the night, Gibraltarians watched with nothing short of horror as the UK voted to Leave. Andrew Canessa reports on how now Brexit causes anguish on the rock.

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    Brexit may herald a serious threat to Germany: its negotiating position will reflect that

Brexit may herald a serious threat to Germany: its negotiating position will reflect that

While Germany would prefer a “soft Brexit”, in which economic repercussions can be staved off by business flexibility, Britain’s exit from the EU creates new opportunities for its renewal. At the same time, should Brexit be the first step toward the disintegration of the EU, Germany will look back to June 2016 as the beginning of its worst nightmare: the […]

Absent from the start: Britain’s leery relationship with the EU

Britain has always been leery of European integration, only seeking to join the EEC when the economic advantages became clear – and then thwarted twice by Charles de Gaulle. As a result, the UK was absent when the founding principles and practices of the Community were drawn up, and absent during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the […]

Britain stumbles towards a future association with the EU

The big Brexit picture is that the UK continues to stumble towards a future association agreement with the EU. Until Article 50 is triggered there will be no official recognition by the EU of this scenario, and the Westminster parliament has yet to get its head(s) around the concept. But experts are reading the runes, writes Andrew Duff.

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    Poland’s row over President Tusk is a bad sign for the Brexit negotiations

Poland’s row over President Tusk is a bad sign for the Brexit negotiations

For Poland to oppose the reelection of Donald Tusk was a suicide attempt. Wojciech Przybylski writes that only the Prime Ministers from the three other Visegrad Group countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Rep.) might have been able to save the day by claiming that Tusk was the candidate of Central Europe. In the end, however, Poland was outvoted 27-1. Furthermore, […]

Brexit and the First ‘European’ Generation

Brexit is a shock, but one which the European Union can recover from, writes Michael Cottakis. Hope rests above all in a first ‘European’ generation which has grown up experiencing the benefits of integration and membership. This group will decide the EU’s future direction, if it can overcome its frustration.

Support for the EU is highest amongst Europe’s young. This […]

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    Britain’s forgotten WWII attempt to build a European federation

Britain’s forgotten WWII attempt to build a European federation

As the UK heads for a hard Brexit, Andrea Bosco reveals a largely forgotten attempt by Winston Churchill’s war cabinet to build a federal union with France. The British proposal included a plan for joint organs of defence and for common foreign, financial, and economic policies, as well as common citizenship.

June 2016 had been a turning point in British history. […]

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    Video: Britain is an outlier when it comes to the strength of Euroscepticism

Video: Britain is an outlier when it comes to the strength of Euroscepticism

While Britain is an outlier when it comes to the strength of Euroscepticism, the anti-immigration and anti-establishment sentiments that produced the referendum outcome are gaining strength across Europe. Analysing campaign and survey data, Sarah Hobolt shows how the issue of immigration dominated the campaign, while ‘Project Fear’ ultimately did not succeed in persuading most voters.

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