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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 […]

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    Should the UK choose the ‘Norway model’, it would still be subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign court

Should the UK choose the ‘Norway model’, it would still be subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign court

Many commentators consider the EEA to be the best option for Brexit when it comes to financial services. However, access to the financial markets through the EEA Agreement would not come for free, argues Øyvind Bø. He writes that EFTA Court’s judgments are one of the fundamental pillars of the EEA Agreement, in a similar manner that the European Court of Justice […]

The Irish border: no technology is smart enough

The past three weeks of the Brexit cycle has once again seen Ireland at the centre of the Brexit debate following key publications and speeches from both the UK and the EU. However, as Katie Daughen (British Irish Chamber of Commerce) warns, the Irish border is such a conundrum that no technology is smart enough to solve it.

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Watch: Hagemann on what Brexit means for EU institutions

The UK has played a very important role as a progressive and liberal voice in EU policy-making. After its departure EU institutions will change quite drastically in the next couple of years, argues Sara Hagemann, Associate Professor in European Politics at the LSE European Institute.

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First Brexit, then Czexit? Unlikely – Czech attitudes to Europe are very different

The president and prime minister of the Czech Republic are both Eurosceptics, and there has been speculation that the country might follow the UK out of the EU. But, argues Benjamin Whitlock (University of Aberdeen), this overlooks a long history of cultivating a ‘European’ Czech identity, in which the country and its predecessors are placed firmly in a European intellectual […]

A hard Brexit will see criminals taking back control

How will Brexit affect British security? A hard Brexit would see both the UK and its European partners lose access to much-needed information, but even a soft Brexit will come at a price. Gijs de Vries (LSE) explains.  

What’s the price for Brexit? Whatever it takes, as Brexiteers would have it? A hard Brexit would see Britain crash out of […]

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    What the 2015 Greek debt negotiations tell us about Germany’s negotiating stance on Brexit

What the 2015 Greek debt negotiations tell us about Germany’s negotiating stance on Brexit

If the UK wants to secure favourable terms during the Brexit negotiations, it will be crucial to win the support of Germany. But what are the key German priorities as the talks move on to the second phase? Luuk Molthof (d|part) writes that the 2015 Greek debt negotiations offer some insights into the German entrance, and that the UK is likely […]

The EU’s current problems are largely of its own making

European integration used to be a jewel in the liberal crown. Integration was not only seen as a quintessential liberal project, but also as a tool for spreading liberal values in Europe and beyond. How can we explain the dramatic decline in support for the Union? In an extract from his new book, Counter-Revolution, Jan Zielonka (University of Oxford) […]

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    The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

Step by step, the UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, argues Holger Schmieding (Berenberg). The United Kingdom has already accepted that it will have to meet the legally binding financial commitments it incurred while it was a member of the European Union (the so-called Brexit bill) and is going along with the EU’s timetable for negotiations […]