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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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    The EU should abandon ‘ever closer union’ in favour of ‘flexible differentiation’ after Brexit

The EU should abandon ‘ever closer union’ in favour of ‘flexible differentiation’ after Brexit

The phrase ‘ever closer union’ has been a stated goal of the European integration project since its inclusion in the Treaty of Rome in 1957, but following Brexit is it now time to reassess the direction of the integration process? Pol Morillas writes that with radically different integration ambitions now present among the member states, a strategy of ‘flexible […]

A special Brexit deal for Scotland is highly unlikely

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that she may call a second independence referendum if the UK government pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit. Paul Anderson writes on the options for Scotland, and the role Spain could play as it seeks to deal with its own secession issue in Catalonia. He states that it is unlikely a special deal for […]

What does Germany think of Theresa May’s hard Brexit?

What was the German reaction to Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech? Inez von Weitershausen says the responses ranged from anger and disappointment to more hopeful calls for a constructive relationship with the UK following Brexit.

Those commentators suggesting that Germany’s reaction to Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech is one of Schadenfreude discard one crucial fact: the government of Angela Merkel has, along […]

Can the media make us more welcoming towards migrants?

Is the European media reflecting the “refugee crisis”, or helping to create it? This is the question posed by Myria Georgiou, who analyses how newspapers in nine European countries covered the crisis in 2015. She argues the media should be more proactive in helping us understand the complex issues surrounding migration.

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    Despite Brexit, the EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement

Despite Brexit, the EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement

Every year, the European Commission publishes a so-called ‘Enlargement Package’ which sets out the Commission’s policy on enlargement and reports on the progress of candidate and potential candidate countries. Ahead of the 2016 Enlargement Package, Fatmir Besimi argues that in the face of Brexit it is vitally important for the EU to emphasise the benefits of enlargement and reaffirm its commitment to those […]