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    How Brexit affects Italy – and its Eurosceptical politicians

How Brexit affects Italy – and its Eurosceptical politicians

How will Brexit affect Italy’s businesses, its citizens and its political landscape? Elisabeth Alber (Eurac Research) explains that while the country now has an avowedly Eurosceptical government, Italians have mixed feelings towards the EU. It is unclear how many Italians have been living in the UK, but Italy’s hopes of attracting them back seem to have been fruitless.

Brexit will undoubtedly […]

Why lobbying in Brussels is not always an obscure activity

Lobbying in Brussels is often envisioned as an activity that takes place behind closed doors, away from the spotlight of public scrutiny. Yet at the same time, some lobbyists intentionally seek media attention to win their policy battles. Drawing on a recent study, Iskander De Bruycker explains that media attention can help EU lobbyists attain their policy objectives, but […]

Why Ireland’s resolve must hold

For Ireland, the EU and the UK, Brexit is uncharted territory. Therefore, Ireland’s resolve over the EU Withdrawal Agreement must hold, writes Brigid Laffan (EUI). She argues that keeping the backstop in the deal is at the core of the country’s national interest.

Ireland is a small state with no illusions concerning the limits of its power and influence in shaping the world beyond […]

Berlin’s public pronouncements on the risks of Brexit don’t yet measure up to the scale of the potential fallout

Germany is relieved to have negotiated a deal with Theresa May and hopes that the Commons will enable an orderly Brexit. But, says Almut Möller (European Council on Foreign Relations), the country may be underestimating the chance of the UK crashing out of the EU – and is not necessarily prepared for the unrest and disorder that would bring.
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In Northern Ireland, old fears and long shadows

For 20 years, Northern Ireland was tucked out of sight of Westminster. But the combination of the row over the backstop, the DUP’s power-broking and two years without any government in Stormont have changed that. The hatred and revenge that flowed from British-Irish power struggles is child’s play to arouse and the work of thousands to manage, writes Duncan Morrow […]

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    Many opportunities to learn from Europe will no longer be available after Brexit

Many opportunities to learn from Europe will no longer be available after Brexit

Opportunities to learn from Europe will no longer be available after Brexit. This is because the UK will be absent from EU policy coordination processes specifically designed to promote learning. In this blog, Kate Mattocks (University of East Anglia) writes about what exactly will no longer be available to the UK, after Brexit.

While Brexit’s putative material impacts have received a great deal of […]

Only France and Germany could lead the EU after Brexit – but they won’t go unchallenged

How will Brexit affect the delicate balance of power in the EU? Ulrich Krotz (European University Institute, left) and Joachim Schild (Trier University) argue that it will boost Franco-German power – but this will not go unchallenged by other EU members, especially the Visegrád bloc and the newly assertive Hanseatic League.

The effects of Brexit will be felt beyond the United Kingdom. The […]

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    Breaking the Brexit deadlock: a binding Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement might provide the answer

Breaking the Brexit deadlock: a binding Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement might provide the answer

What if the solution for the Brexit shambles does lie with the EU? In this blog, Stijn Smismans (Cardiff University) proposes the tool of a Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement, instead of a Political Declaration, as a way to change the dynamics of cross-party compromise on a new deal.

Arguably the UK government has only itself to blame for the political and constitutional Brexit drama. […]

The implications of no-deal Brexit: is the EU prepared?

This policy contribution, based on a note written for the Bundestag EU Committee and written by Guntram B Wolff (Bruegel), explores the possible consequences of a no-deal Brexit for the European Union and assesses preparations on the EU side. It also provides guidance on the optimal strategy for the EU, depending on the choices made by the United Kingdom.
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    What are the Irish government’s Brexit priorities? A united Ireland is not one of them

What are the Irish government’s Brexit priorities? A united Ireland is not one of them

What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

Following the UK vote in favour of Leave, the Irish government moved swiftly to […]