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    Chasing votes in a divided Kingdom: why the Brexit split is about much more than just the EU

Chasing votes in a divided Kingdom: why the Brexit split is about much more than just the EU

Jonathan Wheatley draws on recent data following the European Parliament election to strengthen the view that the so-called Brexit divide is not only about the EU, but it is instead about a range of issues relating to identity. He considers what the implications of these findings are for party strategists.

The May 23 elections to the European Parliament (EP) were […]

The EU talks mainly to itself and to its elites

The latest EU Parliament elections offered a new milestone for assessing the efficiency of its institutional communication. In this blog, Jorge Tuñón and Uxía Carral (Carlos III) argue that the failures of EU’s communication efforts can be improved if it substantially reforms its institutional communication regarding the creation of a European public sphere, the identity crisis, multilingualism, Brexit, Euro-myths, and fake news. They analyse […]

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    Book Review: Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself by Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

Book Review: Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself by Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese

In Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe can be Saved from Itself, Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese offer an innovative look at citizenship, grounded in the development of a transnational civil society sphere across Europe. This is an ambitious, perceptive and clear-sighted argument for a transnational citizenship and politics, writes Ben Margulies, that also details the political project required to make it a reality. 
Citizens of Nowhere: […]

Brexit Britain’s Trumpian moment?

Boris Johnson’s adoption of a No-Deal exit as a viable policy option can only be described as Brexit Britain’s Trumpian moment, writes John Ryan (LSE).

US President Donald Trump told a crowd in Washington: ‘Boris is good. They call him Britain Trump.‘ German English-language service Deutsche Welle published an article with the title ‘Boris Johnson’s clowning glory‘. Seen as Donald Trump’s boastful […]

The EU’s institutional response to the Brexit vote

Angélica Szucko (University of Brasília) discusses the EU White Paper on the future of the union and analyses the institutional response to the Brexit vote. The EU has to tackle future challenges in a more flexible way than before and acknowledge that the integration model needs to be revisited.

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union – alongside the recent crises […]

If it wants to survive, the EU must think much more strategically

Europe needs to be far more ambitious if it is to challenge the dual hegemony of the United States and China. José Ignacio Torreblanca (European Council on Foreign Relations) calls for the EU to develop its strategic autonomy through boosting its security and diplomatic authority.
Europeans observe with great concern how the rivalry between the United States and China is […]

Czech Brexit policy: why the country has fallen in behind the rest of the EU

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová (Masaryk University) looks at why, despite increasing Euroscepticism, the Czech Republic has stuck to the EU line during Brexit negotiations.

There are at least four reasons why one might expect Brexit to be a high-profile, politicised issue in Czech politics. First of all, there is increasing evidence that the European Union (EU) crises, of which Brexit is currently […]

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    Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding: a Brexit consolation prize?

Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding: a Brexit consolation prize?

With the end of Theresa May’s premiership the Withdrawal Agreement she had concluded with the EU receded out of her reach, in a “here’s-what-you-could-have-won” game-show moment. But what does she take home? What international agreement can be set against her three-year tenure in Downing Street? The Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in May 2018, could be cast as […]

Brexit won’t happen this year

Brexit journalism has become sourceless journalism. In this post, Denis MacShane outlines a mid-summer report on where we are in the Brexit process, amid prolific yet vacuous reporting on the issue. In his view, Brexit won’t happen this year. We can expect to see the UK still in the EU at the end of the year under Prime Minister Johnson, he concludes.

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    Should those who wish Europe well be thankful that Brexit has proven to be such a mess?

Should those who wish Europe well be thankful that Brexit has proven to be such a mess?

If other countries were to follow the UK in voting to leave the EU, then Italy would be one of the most likely candidates. But what impact has Brexit had on Italian public opinion? Drawing on findings from a new survey, Gianluca Piccolino, Davide Angelucci and Pierangelo Isernia find that among supporters of the Five Star Movement/League government, Brexit […]