Andrew Duff MEP

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    The new European Parliament must insist on a constitutional Convention after the elections to oversee future treaty change

The new European Parliament must insist on a constitutional Convention after the elections to oversee future treaty change

One of the key distinctions between the 2014 European Parliament elections and previous elections has been the selection of formal candidates for President of the European Commission by several European political families prior to the vote. Andrew Duff writes that while this may have created a more ‘European’ focus to the campaign in mainland Europe, the impact in the […]

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Why David Cameron’s ‘red card’ plan for national parliaments won’t work

David Cameron has committed the UK to renegotiating its membership of the European Union if he wins a majority at the next British general election. As Andrew Duff writes, one of the key elements of this reform package will likely be to elevate the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process. He argues that such a proposal should […]

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Europe: an end to fallacy

The Eurozone crisis has generated a number of structural reforms at the European level. In light of the democratic implications of some of these reforms, Andrew Duff and Guy Verhofstadt propose a new ‘fundamental law’ to replace the EU’s existing treaty framework. This incorporates a federal union in which the European Commission is transformed into a full democratic constitutional government […]

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Why the Dutch version of the balance of competence review will not please the Brits.

The Netherlands has been viewed as a natural ally for the UK in efforts to reform the European Union. Andrew Duff MEP looks at the Dutch government’s policies on European integration and the outcome of the country’s recent ‘subsidiarity review’, published in June. He argues that despite containing some useful advice, the review does not rise to the occasion. Moreover […]

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The case for an Associate Membership of the European Union

In recent years, the EU has moved its focus away from enlargement towards greater integration, especially in fiscal matters. This also comes at a time when the UK is seeking to renegotiate its relationship with the EU, and as the likelihood of Turkey joining the EU as a full member is increasingly remote. In light of these challenges, Andrew Duff […]

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David Cameron’s EU speech – our experts react

Today, David Cameron gave his long-awaited speech on the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU. We asked EUROPP’s expert contributors for their immediate reactions and their thoughts on the speech’s implications for the UK and Europe. Cameron is deeply deluded if he thinks that a referendum will settle the European debate for all time – Andrew Duff MEP, European […]

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Now is the time for a new fundamental law of the European Union

The eurozone crisis has made reforming the EU’s institutional framework an urgent priority. Based on a recent speech to the Federal Trust, Andrew Duff MEP argues that without revision of the EU’s treaties to create a fiscal union, the EU’s very survival is now in jeopardy. He advocates the merging of the two EU treaties into one Fundamental Law of […]

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A European federal economic government is needed to run the fiscal union in the interests of states and taxpayers.

The UK coalition government’s recent policy towards Europe has had the effect of driving the country away from the EU – and potentially out of it altogether, writes Andrew Duff MEP. He argues that while the UK is pushing itself away, the EU is now preaching, if not practicing, enhanced cooperation. But this is no longer enough to tackle the […]

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