European politics

Euroscepticism is here to stay

Isolationism, nationalism and protectionism are back on the political scene with a vengeance in established democracies. In Europe, a growing number of citizens and elites are willing to take considerable economic and political risk to protect what they perceive as vital national interests. This means that Euroscepticism is here to stay, writes Catherine E. De Vries.

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    Book Review: Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU by Richard Youngs

Book Review: Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU by Richard Youngs

In Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU, Richard Youngs looks at the issue of democracy in Europe, identifying a crisis rooted in alienation from the prevailing model of integration and proposing new initiatives for democratic participation by citizens. While the book largely focuses on democracy on the supra-national level, which may overlook the need for improvement both nationally and sub-nationally, this […]

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    Eurorealist or Eurosceptic? Assessing the future of the European Conservatives and Reformists after Brexit

Eurorealist or Eurosceptic? Assessing the future of the European Conservatives and Reformists after Brexit

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) are currently the third-largest group in the European Parliament, but with Brexit set to deprive the group of one of its largest members – the UK’s Conservative Party – there is uncertainty about the ECR’s future trajectory. Martin Steven writes that despite Brexit, there is every indication the ECR will continue after the […]

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    Brexit may have strengthened Eurosceptic parties, but there is little prospect of other exit referendums

Brexit may have strengthened Eurosceptic parties, but there is little prospect of other exit referendums

It is now over a year since the UK triggered Article 50 and started the process for leaving the European Union. But what impact has the first year of negotiations had on politics elsewhere in the EU? Nicola Chelotti (LUL) highlights that while many thought the UK’s decision to leave may have strengthened other Eurosceptic parties across Europe, there […]

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    Galileo satellites illuminate EU-UK divorce tensions. British industry is likely to end up in a weaker position

Galileo satellites illuminate EU-UK divorce tensions. British industry is likely to end up in a weaker position

A European satellite project unexpectedly finds itself at the uncomfortable end of the divorce wrangles between Britain and the EU. According to Monica Horten (LSE), it illustrates the direct and tangible consequences of the government’s solid red lines, which put contracts and industry growth at risk. Her article draws on evidence given by the space industry to the Lords Select Committee […]

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    Good Friday Agreement two decades on: how not to fix the Irish border problem

Good Friday Agreement two decades on: how not to fix the Irish border problem

The Irish border issue has proven to be one of the most difficult problems to solve in the Brexit negotiations so far. Katy Hayward responds to recent proposals by Shanker Singham on how to address the issue, arguing that the proposals not only overlook the complex realities of Northern Ireland/Ireland connections, but also ignore the enormity of what has been accomplished in the […]

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    Hume’s legacy: British-Irish relations need strengthening to face the challenges of Brexit

Hume’s legacy: British-Irish relations need strengthening to face the challenges of Brexit

British-Irish institutions need strengthening to face the challenges of Brexit. In this post, on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and ahead of the UK’s impending exit from the EU, Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin) invokes John Hume’s approach to peace-making to highlight current weaknesses in policy-making. She argues that Hume’s concept of the totality of British-Irish relations has taken on new importance and is as significant […]

Brexit and British exceptionalism: the impossible challenge for Remainers

Since 2016, a number of high profile ‘Revocateurs’, among them Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and Andrew Adonis, have appealed for a fresh referendum on the EU in Britain. Leaving aside the complex practicalities and politics of the ‘neverendum’ idea, Oliver Daddow (University of Nottingham) argues there is no evidence either that Revocateurs were the victims in Act One of the ‘Britain and Europe’ story, or that […]

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    A coercive policy-making state? How the EU is alienating its citizens

A coercive policy-making state? How the EU is alienating its citizens

The remit of EU institutions has expanded inexorably, writes Jeremy Richardson (Oxford/University of Canterbury), all while their policy-making style has shifted from a consensus-based process towards a more coercive, top-down one. At the same time, the EU’s focus on interest groups might have also exacerbated the problem of the democratic deficit by distancing the EU from broader public opinion. […]

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    Brexit, as a democratic exercise, prompts the need for a normative theory of political disintegration

Brexit, as a democratic exercise, prompts the need for a normative theory of political disintegration

Brexit has given rise to a range of critical issues. For example, was the composition of the electorate for the referendum adequate? What follows from the fact that some parts of the UK voted to remain? What will happen to resident EU citizens? Will the EU try to set a warning example in the withdrawal negotiations? It hence prompts the […]